McCann Returns as New Pitching Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Sean McCann, a nationally recognized veteran pitching coach and recruiting coordinator as well as an original member of Brad Hill's coaching staff at K-State, has returned to the Wildcat baseball staff, Hill announced today.

McCann replaces Josh Reynolds, who spent seven years on Hill’s coaching staff, including the last five as the pitching coach, before accepting an associate head coach and pitching coach position at Northwestern on July 2.

After a four-year absence from college athletics, McCann, who has 17 years of coaching experience, will oversee the development of the Wildcat pitching staff and assist in recruiting efforts.

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome back Sean McCann to Kansas State,” said Hill. “He was very instrumental in our development into a nationally prominent program and K-State’s first NCAA Regional appearance in school history six years ago. Sean’s diligent work ethic with our pitchers and recruiting efforts for eight years from 2004 to 2011 laid the foundation for our four regional appearances and Big 12 championship in 2013.”

McCann has previously spent 11 years as an assistant to Hill, including eight at K-State and three at Division II Central Missouri. McCann has also coached alongside current Wildcat associate head coach and offensive coordinator Andy Sawyers for three years (1999 at Northwestern State and 2009-10 at K-State). Sawyers returned to K-State last summer after four years at Texas A&M.

“Sean and Andy form a great team of assistant coaches with a wealth of success and history between the two of them, and I’m proud to work alongside both of them once again,” added Hill.

In the two years that McCann, Sawyers and Hill previously coached together in Manhattan, the Wildcats reached unprecedented heights. In 2009, K-State set a then-school record in wins (43) while reaching its first NCAA Regional. The next season, the Wildcats reached another NCAA Regional, tabulated 37 wins and finished third in the Big 12 – their highest conference finish in 20 years.

"I’m more than excited to be back at K-State and work with two of the most respected college baseball coaches in America in Brad and Andy,” said McCann. “Their record of developing players and winning games speaks for itself. I’m looking forward to working with the talented returning group of players as well as the impressive class of 2015 recruits that Josh and Andy have assembled.”

An original member of Hill’s first coaching staff in 2004, McCann was an assistant at K-State for eight years, with the last season as a volunteer. Under his direction, six Wildcat hurlers earned all-conference honors and 12 were selected in the MLB Draft. The list of top pitchers who were tutored by McCann include New York Mets pitcher Carlos Torres, Arizona Diamondbacks farmhand Evan Marshall, consensus All-American and Golden Spikes finalist A.J. Morris, All-American Daniel Edwards, career wins leader Brad Hutt, and career saves record holder James Allen.

Under McCann’s direction as the K-State pitching coach, five staffs registered ERAs that rank in the top-eight in program history during the aluminum bat era (since 1977). McCann’s pitching staffs were also known to throw strikes as evidenced by five of the top-10 fewest walks per nine inning averages in school history were notched under McCann.

In McCann’s last three seasons at K-State, the Wildcats reached the program’s first three NCAA Regionals and went a combined 116-65-1 (.640) in overall games. They also finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Big 12 standings in 2009 and 2010, which were the first time K-State finished in the top-four of the conference standings in the Big 12 era.

Prior to K-State, McCann served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Missouri during the 2003 season. In that year, Tiger pitchers lowered the staff ERA by two points and opponent batting average by 44 points. Among Big 12 schools, Missouri was first in the conference in walks, third in hits allowed, fifth in strikeouts and opponent batting average, and sixth in ERA. Three pitchers were named All-Big 12 that season while two, Justin James and Derek Roper, were selected in the MLB Draft. James was the Tigers’ highest draft pick (fifth round) since 1988.

Throughout McCann’s career, 19 pitchers under his tutelage have been drafted. 

McCann also has coaching stints at Bossier Parish Community College (head coach, 2002), Northwestern State (assistant, 1998-2000), Central Missouri (assistant, 1995-97) and Ole Miss (volunteer assistant, 1994). The three-year stretch at Central Missouri was as an original member of Hill’s Mules coaching staff and where he helped Hill and the program win three straight MIAA conference titles and earn two trips to the Division II College World Series.

In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in political science and education from Saint Francis (IN), McCann earned his master’s in political science and education from Central Missouri in 1996. His playing experience includes two years at Saint Francis.

K-State is coming off a 27-win campaign that ended with its eighth appearance in the Big 12 Baseball Championship over the last nine years. The 2015 group of Wildcat pitchers had a team ERA of 4.27, which is fifth-best in program history in the aluminum bat era. The twirlers also averaged 3.1 walks per nine innings and registered five shutouts, which are tied for sixth and eighth, respectively, in the school’s record book.

Sean McCann
Coaching Experience
Ole Miss, Volunteer Assistant Coach (1994)
Central Missouri, Assistant Coach (1995-97)
Northwestern State, Assistant Coach (1998-2000)
Bossier Parish CC, Head Coach (2002)
Missouri, Assistant Coach (2003)
K-State, Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (2004-10)
K-State, Volunteer Assistant Coach (2011)
K-State, Pitching Coach (2015-Present)

Education
University of St. Francis, B.S. in Political Science and Education, 1993
Central Missouri State University, M.S. in Political Science and Education, 1996

Pitcher of the Year Awards
Brian Lawrence (Northwestern State) – 1998 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year
A.J. Morris (K-State) – 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year

Conference Titles
3 at Central Missouri
1 at Northwestern State

Postseason Appearances
5 (2 at Central Missouri and 3 at K-State)

Draft Picks
Richard Clover (Central Missouri), 1997
Chris Brown (Northwestern State), 1998
Allen Davis (Northwestern State), 1998
Brian Lawrence (Northwestern State), 1998
Brandon Emanuel (Northwestern State), 1998
Derek Roper (Missouri), 2003
Justin James (Missouri), 2003
Jared Brite (K-State), 2004
Carlos Torres (K-State), 2004
Adam Cowart (K-State), 2006
Daniel Edwards (K-State), 2007 and 2008
Ben Hornbeck (K-State), 2008
Justin Murray (K-State), 2008
Trevor Hurley (K-State), 2008
Lance Hoge (K-State), 2009
A.J. Morris (K-State), 2009
Kyle Hunter (K-State), 2010 and 2011
Evan Marshall (K-State), 2011
James Allen (K-State), 2011