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Clint Chrysler Named Pitching Coach at NC State

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State has hired Clint Chrysler as pitching coach for the baseball program, head coach Elliott Avent announced on Tuesday.

Chrysler comes to the Pack after eight seasons on Winthrop’s baseball staff as the Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Pitching Coach.

“Clint has built a strong reputation in this region and nationally amongst the baseball community as one of the best pitching coaches in the country,” said Avent. “During his collegiate career at Stetson University and a nine-year professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners organizations, he was known for his competitive nature and his strong work ethic. He’s done an excellent job of translating that into his coaching style.

“He’s a hands-on teacher known best for his ability to develop players through relationship building and designing individualized plans to help them grow, adjust and reach their full potential as baseball players, and as men. Everyone I spoke to during this process had high praise on his approach and demeanor, and we’re happy to have Clint and his fiancé Christy join our family here at NC State.”

At Winthrop, Chrysler helped guide the Eagles to five consecutive winning seasons in conference play, including the 2017 season when Winthrop won its first outright regular season Big South title since 2003.

Chrysler brought in high-caliber recruiting classes during his tenure at Winthrop. The 2013 class was ranked No. 1 in the Big South Conference and No. 63 nationally. The 2014 class was rated No. 2 in the Big South and top-100 nationally, while the 2015 class was likewise ranked among the nation’s top 100. Winthrop’s 2017 recruiting class again led the Big South and was ranked in the top-100 nationally.

Chrysler was instrumental in developing the Eagles’ pitching staff as five Winthrop pitchers have gone on to sign professional contracts during Chrysler’s tenure. Winthrop’s pitching staff has ranked among the top 50 nationally in strikeouts/base on ball ratio and fewest base on balls per nine innings from 2012-2016.

Chrysler coached three All-Big South Performers as well as numerous Big South Pitcher of the Week recipients.

Chrysler came to the Eagles after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Stetson University. During his time with the Hatters, Chrysler was in charge of the outfielders, assisted with the hitters and pitchers, as well as serving as the first-base coach and baseball camp coordinator.

A native of Clear Lake, Texas, Chrysler played collegiately at Stetson University from 1995-97. He played three seasons as a two-way player for the Hatters and accumulated a 14-10 record on the mound with a 3.80 ERA. As a hitter, Chrysler had a career average of .309, including a career-high .344 average as a junior. He helped lead Stetson to two NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons and currently holds the single-game pitching record by throwing 11 innings against Florida International on May 15, 1997.

Chrysler was named the 1996 Cape Cod League Reliever of the Year playing for the Wareham Gatemen. He also set the Cape Cod League save record that season and still holds the Gatemen team saves record. Chrysler was named to the Mid-Season All-Star Team during the season as well.

Chrysler left the Hatter baseball program after his junior season when he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 17th round of the 1997 Major League Draft. He spent nine years playing professional baseball with the Mariners (1997-99) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2000-04) and reached as high as the AAA level playing for the Pirates (Nashville Sounds). During his professional career, Chrysler was named to two minor league All-Star teams.

In 2010, he spent this summer as the head coach of the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate Summer League. The Diamond Dawgs won a league-record 31 games and the 2010 Florida League Championship, which was played at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field. Chrysler was also recognized as Manager of the Year.

He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Fla., in 1994. As a player at Boca Ciega, Chrysler earned First Team All-Suncoast and All-State honors. He was drafted in the 47th round of the 1994 Major League Draft by the New York Yankees, but instead chose to attend Stetson.

Chrysler earned his bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management from Daytona State College in December of 2009.

What they are saying about Clint Chrysler:
‘I have known Clint for almost 25 years and cannot think of someone more qualified or deserving of being the new pitching coach at NC State. All Wolfpack fans will come to know the same loyal, hard working and personable force that I have for all of these years. I look forward to seeing him in Omaha with the rest of the staff soon.” – Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones

“Elliott Avent and NC State baseball made an outstanding hire. Clint is a fantastic coach and recruiter, but above all he is an even better person; his work ethic and passion being second to none. In the eight years we were together at Winthrop, he made a major impact on our baseball program, and I know he will do the same for the NC State baseball program.” – Winthrop Head Coach Tom Riginos

“Clint is the perfect hire for NC State Baseball. As a player in both college and pro ball he was the ultimate competitor. As a coach he has cultivated that mindset with his individual pitchers as well as the staff as a whole. He’s an outstanding communicator who brings out the best in each of his staff, no matter what their role. They will compete, be fundamentally sound, and will attack the strike zone.”– Retired Stetson Head Coach Pete Dunn (Chrysler’s collegiate head coach)

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3 NC State Players Named to D1Baseball 2019 Preseason All-American Team

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State baseball’s Patrick Bailey, Kent Klyman and Will Wilson have been named D1Baseball Preseason All-Americans in advance of the 2019 season.

The Wolfpack is one of just four teams nationally with three players on the team and the only program from the ACC. All three earned a spot on the third team.

Patrick Bailey, So., C

Bailey was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection last season, claiming the honor from all five publications to announce the award, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season to earn ACC Freshman of the Year. Bailey led all freshmen in the ACC in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

He was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection, in addition to being an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region honoree. Bailey set the NC State freshman home run record with 13 long balls in his initial season, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 held by Colt Morton.

The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first Wolfpack player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. Bailey threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.

He earns his second Preseason All-America honor, as he also received the award from Perfect Game.

Kent Klyman, Jr., LHP

Klyman served as the Wolfpack’s top reliever out of the bullpen last season, as he was second on the team with 31 appearances. That mark tied for the sixth most by an ACC pitcher last season.

He led NC State with eight wins to go along with a 2.34 earned run average (ERA). Klyman’s eight wins tied for the second most in the conference. The junior pitcher threw 61.2 innings as a sophomore and also tallied four saves.

The Jamestown, Va., native struck out 67 batters and walked only 25 batters while allowing just 16 earned runs. He sported a 0.00 ERA through his first 12 outings of the 2018 season. Klyman threw a career-long 4.1 innings against Notre Dame and fanned a career-best six batters in 3.1 innings of relief against UNC-Chapel Hill.

He did not allow an earned run in 22 of his 31 appearances and held opponents to a .204 batting average. Klyman was a part of four combined shutouts by the NC State pitching staff last season.

Will Wilson, Jr., SS

Hailing from Kings Mountain, N.C., Wilson secures his third Preseason All-America honor as he also collected the accolade from Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game. He was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline.

He spent the summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) and traveled to Cuba with the team.

After claiming Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in his initial season with the Wolfpack, Wilson put together a .307 batting average as a sophomore to go along with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs. He was one of seven Wolfpack players to claim All-ACC honors and one of four named to the first team.

The Pack’s shortstop made program history during the season by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which tied for the third most in conference games and is the most among returning players. He was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wilson was also selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top shortstop. He was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness, along with NCBWA National Hitter of the Week during the season.

NC State will open the 2019 season ranked No. 21 in the Perfect Game and No. 22 in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Polls, which marks the 17th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25. The Pack hosts the Bucknell Bison on opening weekend, Feb. 15-17, for a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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NC State Ranked 21st in Perfect Game 2019 Preseason College Baseball Poll

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – After hosting an NCAA Regional for the sixth time in program history last season, the NC State baseball team will begin its 2019 campaign ranked No. 21 in the Perfect Game Preseason Poll, the organization announced Wednesday.

The selection marks the 17th consecutive year that NC State has either started the year or finished the season ranked in the polls.

The Pack is one of five programs from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to appear in the Perfect Game preseason listing.

NC State will play a total of 14 games versus teams ranked in the poll.

Perfect Game announced its preseason All-Americans on Tuesday, as junior Will Wilson was named to the second team and sophomore Patrick Bailey was tabbed to the third team.

The Wolfpack was also ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll announced in December, checking in at No. 22.

NC State opens the 2019 season at home on Feb. 15 against Bucknell. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

2019 NC State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be found on GoPack.com/Pack9Tickets.

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NC State Lands 2 on Perfect Game Preseason All-American Teams

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – NC State baseball’s Patrick Bailey and Will Wilson have been tabbed Preseason All-Americans by Perfect Game ahead of the 2019 season, announced Tuesday by the organization.

Wilson earns a spot on the second team, ranking among the nation’s top four middle infielders, while Bailey is on the third team as one of the top three catchers nationally.

Hailing from Kings Mountain, N.C., Wilson secures his second Preseason All-America honor as he also collected the accolade from Collegiate Baseball. He was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline.

He spent the summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) and traveled to Cuba with the team.

After claiming Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in his initial season with the Wolfpack, Wilson put together a .307 batting average as a sophomore to go along with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs. He was one of seven Wolfpack players to claim All-ACC honors and one of four named to the first team.

The Pack’s shortstop made program history during the season by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which tied for the third most in conference games and is the most among returning players. He was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wilson was also selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top shortstop. He was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness, along with NCBWA National Hitter of the Week during the season.

Bailey was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection last season, claiming the honor from all five publications to announce the award, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season to earn ACC Freshman of the Year. Bailey led all freshmen in the ACC in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

He was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection, in addition to being an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region honoree. Bailey set the NC State freshman home run record with 13 long balls in his initial season, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 held by Colt Morton.

The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first Wolfpack player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. Bailey threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.

NC State will open the 2019 season ranked No. 22 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll, which marks the 17th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25. The Pack hosts the Bucknell Bison on opening weekend, Feb. 15-17, for a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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NC State Ranked 22nd in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

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Junior Shortstop Will Wilson was recently named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, and yesterday they released their 2019 Preseason College Baseball Poll, and NC State sits at #22.

After the preseason ranking, NC State has now either started or finished the season ranked for 17 straight years.

Collegiate Baseball 2019 Preseason Top-25

Rank Team (Final 2018 Record) Points
1. Louisiana St. (39-27) 496
2. Vanderbilt (35-27) 495
3. UCLA (38-21) 494
4. Texas Tech. (45-20) 491
5. Stanford (46-12) 488
6. Florida (49-21) 487
7. Oregon St. (55-12-1) 485
8. North Carolina (44-20) 482
9. Louisville (45-19) 480
10. Florida St. (43-19) 479
11. Mississippi (48-17) 476
12. Coastal Carolina (43-19) 473
13. Georgia (39-21) 471
14. Texas (42-23) 468
15. Clemson (47-16) 467
16. Oklahoma St. (31-26-1) 464
17. Georgia Tech. (31-21) 462
18. Cal. St. Fullerton (36-25) 460
19. Texas Christian (33-23) 457
20. Duke (45-18) 453
21. Baylor (37-21) 450
22. N.C. State (42-18) 446
23. Auburn (43-23) 445
24. Missouri St. (40-17) 442
25. Arkansas (48-21) 439

ACC Teams in the Top-25

8. UNC
9. Louisville
10 FSU
15. Clemson
17. Georgia Tech
20. Duke
22. NC State

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