- Carolina has produced 65 major leaguers, including B.J. Surhoff, Walt Weiss, Andrew Miller, Kyle Seager, Matt Harvey, and most recently Colin Moran and Jacob Stallings. Currently, 13 Tar Heels are on Major League rosters.
- Carolina has had 60 All-American selections since 1948, 23 of which received First Team honors. In 2017, six Tar Heels were named to All-American teams including J.B. Bukauskas, Logan Warmoth, Brian Miller, Luca Dalatri, Josh Hiatt, and Ashton McGee.
- Carolina has made 30 trips to the NCAA Tournament including 10 trips to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The Heels' four straight trips to the CWS from 2006-2009 is an ACC record.
- 22 Tar Heels have been selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft since 1966, including number one picks Dave Lemonds (1968) and B.J. Surhoff (1985). In 2017, Carolina saw three men taken in round one of the draft with J.B. Bukauskas (15th Overall), Logan Warmoth (22nd), and Brian Miller (36th).
- Carolina has won 11 ACC Regular Season titles and six ACC Tournament titles
Head Coach Mike Fox
Now in his 19th season as head coach at the University of North Carolina, Mike Fox has guided his alma mater to the most successful period in school history and firmly established the Tar Heels as one of the nation’s preeminent college baseball programs. Capped by six trips to the College World Series since 2006, Carolina has posted a 797-346-1 record in Fox’s 18 seasons in Chapel Hill.
Fox, who ranks among the game’s all-time leaders in career winning percentage and career wins, has been recognized by several outlets as one of the nation’s top coaches in recent years. Baseball America honored Fox as its national coach of the year in 2008, and Fox’s peers - the American Baseball Coaches Association - selected him as the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year three times.
Fox’s leadership and vision were instrumental in the construction of the $25.6-million Boshamer Stadium, which opened in 2009 to rave reviews as one of the finest collegiate baseball facilities in the nation. The stadium has been consistently upgraded over the last several years with concourse improvements, the installation of a new video scorebard and a stadium enhancement to add dining space as well as a locker room for former players.
One of only six men to play in and then coach his alma mater to the College World Series, Fox has led Carolina to 15 trips to postseason play in his 18 years at the helm.
Fox has coached his teams to NCAA tourney play in 29 of his 33 seasons as a head coach, including a combined 14 trips to the NCAA Division I and Division III World Series. Fox, who has led Carolina to 15 College World Series victories since 2006, has either played or coached in all 17 CWS wins by the Tar Heels.
But just as important as the on-field success Fox has found at UNC is the type of program that he has built. On Feb. 28, 2007, while the Tar Heels were ranked No. 1 by Baseball America, they also claimed the top spot when USA Today re-ranked its preseason top 25 based on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR). Fox’s players are regulars on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Academic Honor Roll and he has coached seven ESPN The Magazine Academic all-district selections in the last 10 years, including Adam Warren, who was an Academic All-America pick in 2009, and Benton Moss, who became UNC baseball's first first-team Academic All-America selection in 2015.
Fox became the 24th head coach in Carolina history on May 7, 1998, when Athletic Director Dick Baddour selected the former UNC player and North Carolina Wesleyan College head coach to lead the Tar Heels into the 21st century. Fox is just the third head coach in Chapel Hill since 1947.
Fox has set a high standard of success in his first 18 years on the job, averaging nearly 45 wins per season and guiding the Tar Heels to 50 or more victories five times, including a school-record 59 in 2013. Fox recorded his 1,300th career victory late in the 2015 season and enters 2017 three wins shy of 800 at Carolina.
Overall, a total of 83 Tar Heels to play for Fox over the past 18 years have been drafted by Major League Baseball organizations, including 11 first-round or supplemental selections. Thirty of Fox’s former Tar Heels were on professional rosters in 2016, including four players whose teams advanced to the MLB playoffs. Notable Carolina products include Cleveland Indians reliever and 2016 ALCS MVP Andrew Miller, 2014 AL Gold Glove winner Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who started the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
Associate Head Coach Scott Forbes
Collegiate Baseball newspaper's 2008 National College Pitching Coach of the Year, Scott Forbes is in his 12th season on the Carolina coaching staff and his eighth as the Tar Heels' associate head coach.
Forbes, who has totaled a record of 829-359 in 19 seasons as an assistant coach, has been an instrumental part of the Tar Heels' run to six College World Series appearances since 2006.
Under his guidance as the UNC pitching coach, the Carolina pitching staff ranked among nation's top 50 in earned run average in nine of the last 10 seasons, including the fourth-lowest ERA in the nation in 2012.
Baseball America recognized Forbes as one of the top assistant coaches in the country prior to the 2013 campaign.
On the recruiting front, Forbes played in an integral role in landing some of the nation's top talent as every class brought in to Carolina since 2007 has been ranked among the top 15 in the country.
Forbes, who is in his second stint in Chapel Hill, was an assistant at UNC from 1999-2002 and served as an assistant at Winthrop University for three seasons before returning to Carolina prior to the 2006 season.
Forbes watched over the top four strikeout pitchers in UNC history during his stint as pitching coach as Andrew Miller, Alex White, Patrick Johnson and most recently Benton Moss are the only hurlers to eclipse 300 strikeouts in a career.
The Tar Heels had a pair of All-America pitchers in 2012 as starter Kent Emanuel and closer Michael Morin each earned the honor. Emanuel repeated as an All-America performer in 2013 and was named ACC Pitcher of the Year, while Trent Thornton was a first-team freshman All-America hurler. Reilly Hovis was a first-team All-ACC pick after becoming the team's closer in 2014.
In Chapel Hill, 32 of Forbes' pitchers were either drafted or signed professional contracts over the last decade, including first-round picks Daniel Bard (2006), Andrew Miller (2006), Alex White (2009) and Matt Harvey (2010). Forbes and the rest of the UNC staff gained a reputation of putting the health and future of their pitchers first and foremost, and Miller said it best during the 2006 College World Series: "I appreciate the coaches basically taking care of me. I've seen a lot of pitchers get abused in the postseason. They have my best interests at heart."
Miller blossomed under Forbes and was named Baseball America's National Player of the Year, the Roger Clemens Award winner, first-team All-America and the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, while setting UNC records for single-season and career strikeouts in 2006. The No. 6 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers, Miller made his major league debut later that summer and the big lefty has emerged as one of the game's most dominant bullpen arms. In his first season as the closer for the New York Yankees, Miller was named the AL Reliever of the Year.
Bard had an outstanding rookie season with the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and made more than 200 appearances during his time in the big leagues. White was the No. 15 overall selection by the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and made his MLB debut in 2011.
Harvey was drafted in the third round coming out of high school and developed his craft even more at Carolina en route to becoming the No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Harvey made his MLB debut in 2012 a memorable one with nine strikeouts, the most in a debut by a Met in franchise history. Harvey became a national face of baseball in 2013 as he started the All-Star Game for the National League and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In 2015, Harvey helped lead the New York Mets to the NL pennant.
After working with Forbes and dropping his arm slot prior to the 2007 season, former Milwaukee Brewer Rob Wooten emerged as one of the nation's top relievers with 91 appearances over his final two seasons. Wooten earned an invitation to big league camp with the Brewers prior to the 2013 season and made his MLB debut later that summer. Mike Morin, who debuted in April of 2014 with the Los Angeles Angels, was the latest Tar Heel pitcher to reach the big leagues.
White anchored the Tar Heels' staff for the second straight season in 2009 and earned first-team All-ACC honors for the second straight season. He was joined on the all-conference team by Brian Moran and Adam Warren, who finished his career second in school history with 32 victories. Additionally, Moran became the fourth pitcher to earn All-America honors under Forbes, joining Carignan, Miller and White.
A.J. Bogucki, Zac Gallen and Spencer Trayner were the latest Forbes products to make the leap to professional baseball, all of whom were selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Assistant Coach Robert Woodard
Robert Woodard returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in August and enters his first season as Carolina’s pitching coach in his second coaching stint at UNC. The all-time winningest pitcher in program history, Woodard posted a career record of 34-5 over four seasons as a Tar Heel. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Woodard was a three-time All-ACC performer and the 2006-07 recipient of the Patterson Medal, Carolina’s highest athletic honor. Following his professional playing career in the San Diego Padres system, Woodard spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as an assistant at UNC before serving as the pitching coach at UNCW in 2013 and at Virginia Tech from 2014-16.
“No player in my tenure at North Carolina has had more of an impact on the program than Robert Woodard,” head coach Mike Fox said. “His career numbers speak for themselves. Finishing his time here as the winningest pitcher in the history of Carolina baseball and never losing a home game are simply incredible accomplishments. But more importantly, Woody elevated our program with a sense of urgency and total belief. He not only pitched but, along with a core of outstanding teammates, helped will our team to Omaha in both 2006 and 2007. He then helped us do the same thing in 2011 when he was on our staff. I am so excited to have him back in our program once again and look forward to working with him.”
“To say today is a special day for my family and me would be an understatement,” Woodard said upon his return to Chapel Hill. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about the University of North Carolina, its programs, its tradition and the amazing people I have met who make this university so great. It is hard to put into words what it means for me to rejoin this coaching staff with Coach Fox and Coach Forbes, two of my closest friends and mentors for almost twenty years. I am thankful for the support of former players, teammates, fellow coaches and mentors, friends and family both in and outside of baseball. This opportunity would not be possible without you all. I’m excited to meet the team and get going toward the goals we all have as Tar Heels!”
Woodard came to Carolina after a standout prep career at Myers Park High School in Charlotte. Over four seasons in Chapel Hill, Woodard helped transform the UNC program into one of the most successful in all of college baseball. From 2004 to 2007, the Tar Heels won 195 games and advanced to back-to-back College World Series Finals in 2006 and 2007. He finished 34-5 in his college career with a perfect 22-0 record at Boshamer Stadium. He also left Carolina ranking among the top 10 in Atlantic Coast Conference history in victories and innings pitched.
Woodard was drafted in the 48th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by St. Louis but opted to return to school. That decision paid off as Woodard went 11-2 as a senior and improved his stock by 28 rounds, going in the 20th round to San Diego. He spent parts of three seasons in the Padres organization, rising to AAA Portland on two occasions and pitching with the MLB club in exhibition games before retiring from professional baseball in 2009.
Woodard began his coaching career with Carolina prior to the 2010 postseason. He then spent two full seasons as an assistant, during which the Tar Heels went 97-32 and advanced to the 2011 College World Series.
In the summer of 2016, Woodard was selected to be the roving pitching coordinator for the USA Baseball 18U National Team. While in that role, Woodard was responsible for evaluating each pitcher that participated in the Tournament of the Stars event and assisting in the selection of the pitching staff to participate in the National Team trials. The 18U National Team went on to win the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in Mexico. Woodard was also part of the USA Baseball 18U National Team Development Program in Chicago, Illinois. There he was responsible for a similar evaluation of pitchers being selected to attend the Tournament of the Stars in the summer of 2017.
Following the 2017 season, while still recruiting for the Tar Heels, Woodard will be the pitching coach for one of the four USA Baseball 18U teams assembled to compete for the opportunity to make the USA Baseball 18U National Team in the fall of 2017
Assistant Coach Jesse Wierzbicki
Former standout first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in August. Wierzbicki was a two-year letterwinner at Carolina following two successful seasons at Walters State. In his senior season at UNC, Wierzbicki helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2011 College World Series. After three seasons in the Houston Astros system, he returned to Chapel Hill to serve as an undergraduate assistant for the 2015 campaign. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree, Wierzbicki spent the 2016 season as an assistant at Elon.
“Jesse was a tremendous player for us in 2010 and 2011, helping lead us to Omaha as a senior,” head coach Mike Fox said upon Wierzbicki’s return to Carolina. “He was known for his toughness and relentless winning attitude as a player, and he brought that same attitude as an undergraduate assistant coach in 2015. I could see then that Jesse had a passion for coaching and our players responded to him immediately. He will be a great addition to our staff and our current players are all excited about him returning to Chapel Hill.”
“It’s an honor and blessing to be back in Chapel Hill working with the Carolina baseball program,” Wierzbicki said. “To receive an opportunity to coach at my alma mater is a very proud moment. I’m very appreciative of Coach Fox and the rest of the coaching staff for bringing me on board.”
Wierzbicki made an immediate impact on the Tar Heel program as a player upon joining the team in 2010. The Newnan, Georgia, native appeared in 59 games as a junior and made 57 starts at catcher, designated hitter and first base. He hit .307 that season and his eight home runs were second on the team. In 2011, Wierzbicki started 65 games and hit .287 with seven homers and 40 RBIs as the Tar Heels finished 51-16 and advanced to the College World Series.
Wierzbicki hit .433 and led Walters State to the Junior College World Series as a freshman in 2008. He backed that up with a 12-homer, 60-RBI season as a sophomore before joining the Tar Heel program.
After concluding his profressional baseball career, Wierzbicki started his coaching career with UNC in 2015. As an undergraduate assistant, Wierzbicki worked primarily with the Tar Heel hitters, including recent Oakland draft pick Tyler Ramirez, while also completed his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science.
Wierzbicki took his first full-time coaching position at Elon in 2016. Under head coach Mike Kennedy, Wierzbicki worked primarily with the Phoenix first basemen and catchers as well as working with the Elon offense. Junior Nick Zammarelli was a standout performer for the Phoenix, earning third-team All-America honors before being drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins
Director of Baseball Operations
Dave Arendas, a former All-ACC second baseman at North Carolina, is in his 12th season as director of baseball operations with the Diamond Heels. He is the program's first full-time employee in this position.
Arendas, who has been a key member of the UNC staff during its recent College World Series trips, handles a variety of administrative duties, including team travel, equipment purchasing, game day organization, special events coordination and community outreach. He is also heavily involved with Carolina's Old Leaguers and played a key role with the Boshamer Stadium renovation project.
Susan Maloy is the assistant director of the Academic Support Program for student-athletes and is the academic counselor for the baseball team. Student-athletes will meet with their Athletic Academic Counselor on a frequent basis in order to successfully transition to UNC academic life as a student-athlete. During these frequent meetings, the counselor and student-athlete may discuss current grade results, travel & practice implications for courses, as well as plan ahead regarding eligibility requirements, scheduling around athletic requirements, and tutorial needs. Counselors develop individualized student-athlete MAPs (My Academic Plan) and identify tutoring needs by utilizing feedback from student-athletes, learning specialists, and tutorial staff. Counselors work closely with Academic Advising, University Registrar, and Compliance to ensure that student-athletes meet all NCAA, ACC, and UNC academic eligibility requirements.
Strength and Conditioning
Greg Gatz is in his 19th year as Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports. While overseeing the facility management and organization of 21 varsity athletic teams, Gatz is directly in charge of program design and installation for several specific teams including baseball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, and track (sprinters/ hurdlers).
Gatz has worked with several national champion teams at Carolina including: women's soccer (1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012), men's soccer (2001 and 2011), a volleyball team that finished with one of its highest national ranking ever (No. 7) in 2014 as well as the baseball team's six recent appearances in the College World Series (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013).
Sports Medicine and Athletic Training
Terri Jo Rucinski is the staff athletic trainer for the baseball team. In addition to her athletic training duties, Rucinski also serves as the supervisor of the Fetzer Athletic Training Room and is a staff physical therapist at the James A. Taylor Campus Health Service.
Rucinski also assists the education program as a lecturer for both the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs, with emphasis on the prevention and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries. She has been involved with the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers for the past 18 years and has served on several examination development committees.
Kelsee Gomes joined the UNC Sports Medicine staff in February 2015 as Director of Sports Nutrition. She works closely with UNC's varsity athletic teams, providing sports nutrition education, nutrition counseling and meal planning assistance.
Kelsee has experience with the college level firsthand as she was a former collegiate swimmer at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she received her bachelor's degree in Heath Education and a minor in Chemistry. She then went on to complete her Master’s degree in Sports Nutrition from Florida State University. During her dietetic internship at FSU, she was a sports nutrition intern with the athletic department and also had the opportunity to work with professional athletes at Athlete's Performance in Phoenix, AZ. Kelsee is credentialed as a Registered Dietitian (RD), a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), a certified LEAP Therapist (CLT) specializing in food sensitives and is also certified in adult weight management by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Uniforms and Gear
The University of North Carolina is proud of its long- standing relationship with Nike, Inc. The two parties signed a new 10-year contract in May 2009 for Nike to continue as the exclusive supplier of athletic footwear, apparel and accessory products. Nike will provide the athletic department with shoes, uniforms, coaching gear, balls and other equipment. Nike also gave the University $2 million for the Chancellor’s Academic Enhancement Fund to support faculty. This partnership has benefitted all 28 varsity sports and provided millions of dollars for academics and student scholarships at the University.
The baseball program is proud to partner with Louisville Slugger and Wilson who provide the bats and gloves that student-athletes use on the field.
- Carolina is a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, competing in the league each year beginning with the 1953-54 season. Prior to that, UNC competed in the Southern Conference.
- The Tar Heels have won 43 NCAA team championships in seven different sports, including 21 women's soccer, six field hockey, six men's basketball, five men's lacrosse, two women's lacrosse, two men's soccer and one women's basketball.
- Carolina is ninth in NCAA history with 43 NCAA championships (13 men and 30 women).
- Carolina has won 266 Atlantic Coast Conference championships. Thirteen different sports have won 10 or more titles, including women's indoor and outdoor track and field (29), men's tennis (25), women's soccer (21), field hockey (19), men's basketball (18), men's swimming and diving (17), wrestling (17), women's swimming and diving (16), men’s lacrosse (12), volleyball (12), men's golf (11) and baseball (10).
- Carolina has won 136 more ACC championships than any other current member institution. UNC leads with 266 team titles and Virginia is second with 130.
- UNC is currently ranked sixth in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings and is assured of its 20th top-10 finish in the 24-year history of the award. The Tar Heels will finish atop the ACC standings for the third straight year and for the 18th time overall.
University of North Carolina
- The Nation's first public school chartered on December 11, 1789
- Located in beautiful Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Chapel Hill has been ranked the Most Livable Small City (less than 100,000) in America. Chapel Hill is often referred to as "The Southern Part of Heaven" and has been called the perfect college town by several publications including Sports Illustrated.
- 18,419 undergraduate students
- More than 75 majors and minors in 60 different departments
- Over 317,000 alumni living in all 50 states and in 156 different countries. More than 167,000 alumni live in North Carolina.
- 13:1 student to faculty ratio
- Among the leading public four-year research institutions in the country. Carolina is a member of Association of American Universities and is regularly ranked as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education.