U of L baseball staff just getting started

The baseball season might have ended on Monday for the University of Louisville in Omaha, Neb., at the College World Series. But the U of L coaching staff is just getting started with the focus turned towards next year, offseason workouts, camps and recruiting. Dan McDonnell updates Cardinal Authority on the coming weeks.

University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell said after losing in the College World Series that he was jealous of Rick Pitino.

Not because the U of L basketball coach won a national title, but because the Hall of Fame coach was able to have some down time after his season.

"He gets to go to Miami," McDonnell said with a laugh.

McDonell and his staff – hitting coach Chris Lemonis and pitching coach Roger Williams – get to go back to work.

"We don't get a break," McDonnell said. "We have a lot of things that we have to get accomplished over the course of the next few weeks.

"We have the draft and about six or seven kids drafted that we have to sit down and talk with. We have camp – we have two big weeks of camp – and then recruiting never ends. This is a huge recruiting time for us."

McDonnell pointed out that Lemonis and Williams both didn't travel back to Louisville with the team after the Vanderbilt Super Regional, instead hitting the road for a few days of recruiting before the World Series.

"So we will get back to the road and make sure the future is bright," McDonnell said. "The future will be here before you know it, so you better prepare for it and our coaches are. We're preparing for it."

Lemonis, who is also the recruiting coordinator, said making it to the World Series is "great for recruiting" because prospects all over the country see the Louisville brand on ESPN and in other national media outlets.

"But it's also tough because while we have been playing, everybody else has been out recruiting," Lemonis laughed. "But it's good for us."

U of L has 14 players signed for the Class of 2013 but shortstop Tucker Nehaus was picked in the second round of the MLB Draft. Neuhaus won't make it to school because he recently signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for the slot value of $771,000 plus an additional $64,000 to compensate for the scholarship he foregoed to turn pro, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Cardinals have at least eight commitments in the Class of 2015, including two of the top players from the state of Kentucky, and have several players already committed from the Class of 2016.

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