Former Dallas Baptist University baseball pitching coach Rick McCarty will take over as head baseball coach, succeeding Britt Bonneau, who resigned last month after leading the team for 22 years.
Dr. Phil Schubert, president of the university, introduced McCarty at a press conference Tuesday, announcing that his duties would begin on June 20.
“We wanted a man of faith, somebody who could be a spiritual leader for our young men on the baseball field and with the other coaches in the athletic department,” Schubert said. “I was so delighted when I got the chance to sit down and visit with him. It didn’t take long before I knew this was the guy who was going to lead the next phase of our journey at ACU baseball.”
McCarty started his coaching career in 2004 at Delta State as graduate assistant pitching coach, then moved to Southeast Missouri State in 2009. His time at DBU began in 2016 as pitching coach.
“If we want to go places and do things that other people aren’t doing, we have to make decisions and do things different than what other people are already doing,” McCarty said. “I do not have it figured out, but it’s not going to be for lack of effort. We want guys who have the growth mindset, that’s when players get good. I’m more than excited to hit the ground running.”
Cumulatively, McCarty’s teams have an ERA of 4.50 and average 0.8 strikeouts per inning. He has also coached 22 players who have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft and has a combined record of 601-321.