Louisville Baseball: Weekly Notebook

Cardinal Authority's weekly notebook with the latest news and nuggets on Louisville baseball

Promotion

Roger Williams, the program's pitching coach since 2007, has been promoted to the position of associate head coach.

Since joining the staff shortly after the hiring of Dan McDonnell, Williams has tutored 20 Cardinals that have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft and he has produced nine All-Americans.

His work with the Cardinals pitching staff has been key to program's recent success, which includes a trio of College World Series (2007, 2013, 2014) appearances.

“Roger has been an integral part of the foundation for all of the success we've experienced inside the Louisville baseball program over the last eight seasons. He is among the very best at any level of baseball - college or professional - in his pitching knowledge and his player development and he's earned this promotion,” head coach Dan McDonnell said.

Following the Cardinals 2013 College World Series run, Williams was selected as ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year.

Reunion

Cardinals skipper Dan McDonnell returned to his alma mater over the weekend.

McDonnell was a member of The Citadel's 1990 team that surprised most by reaching the College World Series and the institution recognized the 25th anniversary of that accomplishment during halftime of the homecoming football game.

Former U of L assistant and current Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis was also a member of the team that finished 46-14.

Schedule Coming

The 2015 schedule will be released soon and it will arguably be the most challenging slate that the program has ever faced.

As has become an annual occurrence, the team will begin the season in a multi-team event hosted in a warm weather destination. After opening at an event hosted by The Citadel in South Carolina in 2014, the Cardinals will head back to the Sunshine State to open the 2015 season.

In addition to a difficult ACC schedule, which will include a late season visit by regular season champion Florida State, the Cardinals will also face a challenging out of conference schedule.

Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky are among the out of conference opponents in 2015.

Individual Instruction

The players continue to receive individual instruction. In addition to getting in batting and fielding work, the players are also doing speed training and lifting during this portion of the fall season.

World Champion

Former University of Louisville infielder Adam Duvall earned a championship ring as a member of the San Francisco Giants World Series Champion team.

Duvall, a product of Louisville Butler High School, appeared in 28 games for the Giants in 2014, hitting 3 home runs and a pair of doubles with driving in 5 runs.


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