Schlossnagle, Shives will don USA uniforms

November 21, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE |

Jim Schlossnagle and Mark Shives will proudly be wearing red, white and blue uniforms representing USA Baseball in the summer of 2013.

A Hagerstown native and the head coach at Texas Christian University, Schlossnagle has been named manager of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Shives, the head coach at Clear Spring High School, has been named pitching coach for the USA Baseball 15U team for a second year.

“This has been a goal of mine,” Schlossnagle said of the appointment. “It’s the right time for my family and the program at TCU to do it.”

Schlossnagle was the pitching coach of the College National Team in 2006, considered one of the finest teams ever fielded by USA Baseball with a 28-2 record.

“You look at the team we had with people like David Price, the Cy Young winner, and Jake Arrieta and it was a great team and great experience,” Schlossnagle said. Other pitchers on the team included Ross Detwiler (Washington Nationals) and Tommy Hunter (Baltimore Orioles).

Schlossnagle, the TCU head coach since 2003, guided the Horned Frogs to their first-ever College World Series appearance in 2010 and was national coach of the year.

“What (Jim) has done for college and USA baseball, people now realize how high he ranks,” Shives said of Schlossnagle. “He is one of the premiere coaches in the country.”

It is expected the Collegiate National Team will continue its international series with Japan and Cuba.

“We’ll go to Japan for seven or eight days and play Cuba in some major U.S. cities,” Schlossnagle said. “I’m absolutely thrilled about this opportunity. Any time you get this chance you have to be. I’m sure I’ll be even more excited when the time gets here.”

This will be a third summer of duty for Shives, who was also the pitching coach for the 16U National Team Trials in 2010.

“Last year, more than I expected, it really hit me how big it is to help represent the USA,” Shives said. “The night we got the red, white and blue uniforms last year it was so exciting.

Aside from the time spent at the USA site in Cary, N.C., the 15U team traveled to the Dominican Republic for a series last season.

“When the USA flag went up, I felt a whole different element in my career,” said the normally low-key Shives. “It was a moment in my life that was hard to explain. A pinnacle in my career.

“It was a whole different experience than a 4:45 game at Clear Spring.”

It is expected the 15U team will once again travel abroad, taking part in the Pan American Games in Columbia.

Shives, who first served as a pitching coach from 1997-2001 at Florida International University, said he found it amazing to hear players come back and talk about the impact the late Nick Adenhart made on the USA Olympic Qualifying team in 2006.

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