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Joe Urso Named to USA Baseball Development Program Coaching Staff

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2014 coaching staffs for the USA Baseball National Team Development Programs were announced by the organization, which includes University of Tampa head coach Joe Urso. The staffs for both the 17U and 14U programs will be led by Eric Kibler, who was the 2010 16U National Team manager and will serve as the field coordinator for both events.

Backing up Kibler, USA Baseball has assembled a group of former professional players, as well as respected collegiate and high school coaches to guide the players during each week-long event.

Urso will be a coach for the 14U NTPD, joining a group of distinguished coaches. UT’s all-time winningest baseball coach, Urso has led the Spartans 40 victories in 11 of his 14 seasons at the helm. He is also the lone UT coach to guide his team to 50-plus victories in a season, as he did in 2006, 2007 and 2014.

In 14 seasons at Tampa, Urso has a 621-180-1 record, and became the fastest coach in NCAA Division II hsitory to reach both the 500 and 600 win milestones. He has also been at the helm for three of UT's six national championships, coming in 2006, 2007 and 2013.

Kibler's 2010 16U Team went 9-0 to claim gold at the COPABE 'AA'/16U Pan American Games in Lagos De Moreno, Mexico, the fifth consecutive gold medal for USA Baseball's 16U National Team program. The 11-4 gold-medal game over host-nation Mexico was the 16U's 40th consecutive victory. Kibler won the 2010 USA Baseball Coach of the Year Award for his direction of the 16U program.

This is Kibler's third consecutive year serving in this role. For his work in 2012, he was tabbed as the organization's 2012 USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year - presented annually in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee to the manager or coach who most prepares his players for the next level of baseball and their future.

The 14U NTDP runs from August 4th through the 8th and will feature Kibler with the assistance of University of Illinois head coach, Dan Hartleb, Florida State volunteer coach, Bryan Henry, two-time USA Baseball alum and Gulliver Prep (Fla.) assistant coach, Manny Crespo, former Major League Baseball player and a member of the 2000 Olympic baseball team, Brad Wilkerson, as well as University of Tampa head coach, Joe Urso, Florida Atlantic University head coach, John MacCormack, former coach for the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and 18U National Team Trials, Sammy Serrano, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team alumni and member of the 1988 Olympic baseball team, Ty Griffin, and former MLB player and Olympic gold medalist, Ernie Young.

Hartleb has led his Illinois team to the NCAA DI Tournament two of the last four years and is the fifth winningest coach in the team's history. In 2013, Urso's Spartans won the NCAA DII National Championship, the third time the team has won the title under Urso.

Henry is a veteran of seven seasons in professional baseball, all in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, and he competed with Team USA in the 2010 Pan American Games, where he allowed just one run in 6.0 innings. Young is a veteran of eight Major League seasons and won gold medals as a player for Team USA in the 2000 Olympic Games and as a hitting coach for the 2009 World Cup team.

The 17U NTDP, which will run from August 11th through the 15th, will also be led by Kibler. He will be joined by Cal State Fullerton head coach, Rick Vanderhook, South Alabama head coach, Mark Calvi, a member of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, Sean Gamble, Prestonwood Academy head coach, Mike Maack, Appalachian State head coach, Billy Jones, and three-time USA Baseball alum, John Gall.

In his three years as the Fullerton manager, Vanderhook has been named Big West Coach of the Year twice and led the Titians to NCAA postseason appearances all three years.

Jones coached the Mountaineers to their school record seventh consecutive 30-win season in his first year at the helm of the program. His team also participated in the 2014 USA Baseball Irish Classic. Gall competed on the 1998 and 1999 USA Baseball Collegiate National Teams and competed on Team USA in the 2008 Olympic Games.

Robert Rimorin of the University of New Mexico and Carl Stocklin of UCLA will serve as the athletic trainers for the event.

At the National Team Development Programs, players will participate in skill development sessions, various off-field educational components including guest speakers/instructors and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games.

The National Team Development programs will be used to further connect identified athletes with USA Baseball staff to better prepare and develop the athletes for a future USA Baseball National Team experience. Two players from the 2014 17U NTDP will be invited to the 2015 18U National Team Trials and eight players will be invited to the 2015 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, while two players from the 14U NTDP will be invited to attend the 2015 15U National Team Trials.

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