Big South Announces Baseball All-Decade Teams

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – The Big South Conference concludes its 30th Anniversary celebration with the final installment of its All-Decade Team announcements.  In 2013-14, the Conference announced its first-ever All-Decade Teams recognizing the student-athletes and coaches who excelled in their respective sport since the Conference’s founding in 1983.  A committee of Big South Conference administrators served as the official voting panel to determine the All-Decade Teams, with fan voting comprising 20 percent of the overall total.  The next All-Decade Teams will comprise the years 2010-19.

Below are the All-Decade Teams for Baseball for the years 1986-89, 1990-99 and 2000-09.  Baseball became a Conference sport in 1986, and each team features six pitchers, five outfielders, six infielders, one catcher, one utility player, one designated hitter and one head coach.  In case of ties, additional honorees are included.

1986-89 BASEBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School (Notes)
P – Bill Gearhart, Armstrong State (All-Conference)
P – Bobby Hargett, Coastal Carolina (2-time All-Conference)
P – Phil Leftwich, Radford (2-time All-Conference)
P – Matt Logue, Coastal Carolina (All-Conference)
P – Cory Satterfield, Campbell (All-Conference)
P – Waine Shipman, Winthrop (All-Conference)
OF – Jeff Dodig, Winthrop (All-Conference, Tournament MVP)
OF – Randy Hood, Campbell (All-Conference)
OF – Mike Mitchener, Armstrong State (All-Conference, Tournament MVP)
OF – Lee Sammons, Augusta (2-time All-Conference)
OF – Greg Streett, Coastal Carolina (All-Conference)
INF – Charlie Broad, Armstrong State (2-time All-Conference)
INF – Greg Cloninger, Campbell (2-time All-Conference)
INF – Scott Goins, Winthrop (All-Conference, Player of the Year)
INF – John Posey, Campbell (All-Conference, Tournament MVP)
INF – Brian Shehan, UNC Asheville (2-time All-Conference)
INF – Tony Spires, Coastal Carolina (2-time All-Conference)
C – Kirt Manwaring, Coastal Carolina (All-Conference)
C – Travis Morgan, Radford (2-time All-Conference)
UTL – Terry Spires, Coastal Carolina (2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Tournament MVP)
DH – Keith Hammond, Augusta (All-Conference)
DH – Bob Palentchar, Campbell (Tournament MVP)

Head Coach, School (Notes)
Horace Turbeville, Winthrop (2 Championships [1985-87]; 108-51 overall, 32-28 Big South; Big South Hall of Fame member)
John Vrooman, Coastal Carolina (1 Championship [1989], 1 Coach of the Year Award; 95-48 overall, 37-9 Big South; Big South Hall of Fame member)

1990-99 BASEBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School (Notes)
P – Mark Cisar, Charleston Southern (3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
P – Ron Deubel, Coastal Carolina (All-American, All-Conference)
P – Bryan Link, Winthrop (All-American, All-Conference, Player of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame member)
P – Kevin Loewe, UMBC (2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
P – Benji Miller, Liberty (2-time All-Conference)
P – Jason Parsons, UNC Greensboro (All-American, All-Conference)
OF – Joe Colameco, Winthrop (3-time All-Conference)
OF – Duane Filchner, Radford (4-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
OF – Brooks Marzka, Coastal Carolina (3-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year)
OF – Nick Phillips, UNC Greensboro (3-time All-Conference)
OF – Mark Romer, Coastal Carolina (2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
INF – Jeff Berman, UMBC (3-time All-Conference)
INF – Kelly Dampeer, Radford (4-time All-Conference)
INF – Jeremy Keller, Winthrop (2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
INF – Dominic Pattie, UNC Greensboro (All-American, All-Conference)
INF – Denny Van Pelt, Radford (3-time All-Conference)
INF – Ty Wigginton, UNC Asheville (All-Conference Big South Hall of Fame member)
C – David Benham, Liberty (3-time All-Conference)
UTL – J.C. Hendrix, Campbell (2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
UTL – Luis Lopez, Coastal Carolina (All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame member)
DH – Eric Filipek, UNC Asheville (2-time All-Conference)

Head Coach, School (Notes)
Joe Hudak, Winthrop (2 Championships [1995-99], 2 NCAA Regionals, 2-time Coach of the Year; 272-187 overall, 101-61 Big South)

2000-09 BASEBALL ALL-DECADE TEAM
Position – Name, School Notes

P – Steven Carter, Coastal Carolina (3-time All-Conference, 2-time Tournament MVP)
P – Alan DeRatt, UNC Asheville (All-American, All-Conference, Pitcher of the Year)
P – Bobby Gagg, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 2-time All-Conference, Pitcher of the Year)
P – Heath Rollins, Winthrop (All-American, 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
P – Kevin Slowey, Winthrop (All-American, 2-time All-Conference)
P – R.J. Swindle, Charleston Southern (All-American, 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year)
OF – Daniel Carte, Winthrop (All-American, 3-time All-Conference, Rookie of the Year, Tournament MVP)
OF – Jacob Dempsey, Winthrop (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
OF – Ryan McGraw, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 2-time All-Conference)
OF – David Sappelt, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
OF – Mark Shorey, High Point (All-American, All-Conference, Player of the Year)
INF – Tyler Bortnick, Coastal Carolina (2-time All-Conference, Tournament MVP)
INF – Jason Colson, Winthrop (3-time All-Conference, Player of the Year, Big South Hall of Fame member)
INF – Alex Gregory, Radford (3-time All-Conference)
INF – Adam Keim, Coastal Carolina (2-time All-Conference, Tournament MVP)
INF – Justin Owens, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 2-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
INF – Matt Repec, Winthrop (3-time All-Conference)
C – Dock Doyle, Coastal Carolina (All-American, All-Conference, Player of the Year)
UTL – David Anderson, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 4-time All-Conference, Player of the Year)
DH – Mike Costanzo, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 4-time All-Conference, 2-time Player of the Year)

Head Coach, School (Notes)
Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina (7 Championships [2001-02-03-04-07-08-09], 8 NCAA Regionals, 1 Super Regional, 5-time Coach of the Year; 432-190 overall, 162-58 Big South)

Baseball All-Decade Team candidates were determined based on being at least one of the following: 1) Was a multiple All-Conference honoree at one or more position; 2) Was named an All-American; 3) Is a member of the Big South Conference Hall of Fame; 4) Student-athletes must have been a college graduate or left their respective institution in good academic standing; and 5) Won a Conference Championship as a coach and/or was voted Conference Coach of the Year; and 6) Every All-Conference honoree and Tournament MVP from 1986-89 was included in the candidate pool for the 1986-89 All-Decade Team.  Candidates that participated in two different decades were placed in a specific decade based on consultation from member institutions. Candidates were also listed under their primary position during their careers. Member institutions had final determination in regards to inclusion of student-athletes and coaches.

Founded August 21, 1983 by Charleston Southern (then Baptist College) Athletic Director Howard Bagwell and Augusta College President George Christenberry, the Big South Conference has matured into a competitive leader in college athletics while intentionally fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of its student-athletes.  The League’s growing presence as an NCAA Division I athletic conference is evident by athletic accomplishments on the national stage, innovative marketing and media partnerships, increased television packages and quality athletic competition.  .  Comprised of 12 member institutions throughout the Southeast -- Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville, Virginia Military Institute and Winthrop University -- the Big South Conference’s institutions have a remarkable history of achievement and continues to succeed on the field and in the classroom through the League’s 19 championship sports.  The Big South Conference: Developing Leaders Through Athletics.