List Of Candidates Trimmed

West Virginia University's search for a new baseball coach is continuing, and it appears that two of the Mountaineers' top candidates are no longer up for the position.

According to sources, former Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy and current Virginia associate head coach Kevin McMullan interviewed but are now no longer considered candidates to replace fired WVU baseball coach Greg Van Zant.

Interviews for a new coach started in early May and are continuing this week. Some names that have been brought up are: Virginia pitching coach Karl Kuhn, Appalachian State head coach Chis Pollard and former Tennessee head coach Rod Delmonico. At least one other assistant coach from a school in the southwest has interviewed for the position, a source said.

Sources said that N.C. State associate head coach Tom Holliday, a coach with former Big 12 Conference ties from Uniontown, Pa., has shown heavy interest in the position. Holliday spent 26 years at Oklahoma State as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator before being named head coach of the Cowboys. He also won the College World Series in 2005 as the pitching coach at Texas. He is the father of current St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday. The N.C. State assistant has not yet interviewed for the position, however.

Van Zant was fired after 18 season earlier this month with a 528-451-1 career record during his time leading the Mountaineers. His final team finished 23-32 and 9-18 in the Big East Conference. WVU missed out on the Big East tournament this year.

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