Ohio State inks four pitchers, a pitcher/infielder and a pair of outfielders
Senior Paul Geuy will start for Gray while sophomore Jaron Long will toe the rubber for Scarlet.
Coaches Chris Holick and Josh Newman have announced probable starting pitchers for the start of the Scarlet & Gray World Series slated to begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium.
The dates and times have been set for the Ohio State baseball team's annual Scarlet & Gray World Series have been set. The best-of-five series begins Friday, Oct. 14 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 22.
Chris Holick, who has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience coupled with a playing career that included four varsity letters earned at Indiana and Kent State (two apiece), is in his eighth year as an Ohio State assistant coach. Holick coaches the Ohio State infield and outfield defense, bunting and base running, as well as serves as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Under the direction of Holick, the 2016 squad broke the school record for stolen bases in a season with 101 to lead the Big Ten in swipes for the second straight year. The 2016 Buckeyes tied the Big Ten tournament record for stolens bases (13) in route to the program's ninth tournament title in school history.
The 2013 Buckeyes posted a program-best .976 fielding percentage, while the 2015 squad posted 89 stolen bases, good for first in the Big Ten and second on the OSU single-season record list. Troy Montgomery tied the single-season record with 35 swipes in 2015.
Holick, who worked in pharmaceutical sales for Eli Lilly for two years after four years as an assistant coach at Florida International University (2004-07), three at Arizona State (2001-03) and one at Kent State (2000), was excited to return to his home state and to resume coaching. He is a native of Westlake and attended Westlake High School.
Holick brings a wealth of baseball knowledge - as a player, coach and administrator - with a baseball resume that includes these impressive accomplishments:
- He was coached at Westlake H.S. by its all-time leader in coaching victories, Jeff Short, a sixth-grade math and science teacher and a class individual whom Holick still holds as a dear friend. He lettered two years at Indiana (1996 and 1997) while playing for the all-time winningest coach in Indiana history, Bob Morgan.
- He lettered two years at Kent State (1998 and 1999) while playing for Rich Rembielak, the all-time winningest coach in school history.
- He spent three-plus years on Pat Murphy's staff at Arizona State (2001-03) in an operations position that also included strength and conditioning, recruiting and ASU camps responsibilities. Murphy is the second-winningest coach in that program's storied history.
- Holick also was around the ASU program in the fall of 2000 while working as operations manager for the Grand Canyon Rafters of MLB's Arizona Fall League.
- He coached four years at Florida International (2004-07) under the direction of Danny Price, the winningest coach in FIU history whose final season of 28 at the school was in 2007. His responsibilities with FIU included work as the team's hitting coordinator, catching coach and a season with its pitchers.
It was after the 2007 season that Holick, who was named Academic All-Big Ten while at IU and Academic All-MAC at KSU, took his position with Eli Lilly. It was always intended to be a temporary position, though, as Holick had plans of getting back into coaching.
Holick was an accomplished player. He played in 82 games for the Hoosiers and made 60 starts, including 53 starts in 1997 when he hit .301, scored 30 runs and drove in another 21. He was part of the 1996 Hoosier team that won the Big Ten tournament and played in the NCAA Midwest Regional.
As a two-year starter at shortstop for Kent State, Holick helped the Golden Flashes to 60 victories, including a 36-24 mark in the MAC. He displayed his defensive prowess by recording 167 assists in 1999, which at the time was second-most in school history and still ranks sixth.
With his degree in English obtained, Holick spent the 2000 season on the Kent State coaching staff that included Beals and helped the team reach the NCAA tournament.
He was then a part of three Arizona State teams that advanced to NCAA Super Regionals each year, giving Holick a total of five NCAA tournaments on his playing or coaching resume. It's a number Holick would like to see increase as soon as possible.
Holick and his wife, Debbie, married in November 2011 and have a daughter, Leila. They reside in Columbus.
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