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Hagerstown native to coach USA baseball

April 02, 2006

Jim Schlossnagle has spent his last three years trying to make a national name for Texas Christian baseball.

Now, his work with TCU is helping to give the Hagerstown native the same treatment.

Schlossnagle was selected to serve as an assistant coach for this year's USA National team that will compete in international competition this summer.

"In my opinion, being a part of the USA National team coaching staff is one of the highest honors that a college coach can achieve," said Schlossnagle. "Although my total focus right now is to continue to elevate our program at TCU, I look forward to the opportunity to represent our great country in international play this summer."

In his first two years at TCU, Schlossnagle guided the Horned Frogs to 80 wins, two NCAA Regional bids and their only two Conference-USA championships. TCU is 14-14 this season.

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Schlossnagle joins the USA staff headed by Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin with assistants Mark Machtolf of Gonzaga and Tom Slater of Auburn.

The USA season starts in June when 34 freshman and sophomore collegiate players will be invited to team trials. The selected players will play out of Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park and compete in the III FISU World University Baseball Championships in Havana, Cuba. They will also play in the 35th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series and several international friendship series.

USA Baseball is the sport's national governing body for amateur baseball in the country and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Schlossnagle, a Smithsburg High School graduate, is an attractive addition to the USA staff because of his background in coaching pitching and recruiting.

He pitched for Elon College and was part of the 1989 team that advanced to the NAIA World Series. Since ending his playing career, he has worked as an assistant coach at Elon, Clemson and Tulane, specializing in pitching and recruiting. In 2002, he became the head coach at the University of Las Vegas-Nevada before moving to TCU in 2003.

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