FORT MYERS, Fla – Florida Gulf Coast University head baseball coach Dave Tollett announced the signing of nine high school athletes to join the Eagles beginning with the 2006 season.
“All of these young men are extremely talented and will contribute to our program”, said Tollett, whose team has posted a 75-31 record in the first two years of the program’s history. “We are looking forward to having them join us after they complete their high school careers or junior college seasons. We expect them to play a major role in the future success of our program.”
Four pitchers were among those signed by FGCU. Right-hander Casey Coleman of Cape Coral Mariner High will vie for time both on the pitching mound and in the infield. A pitcher and shortstop for the Tritons, Coleman was a second team all-state selection as a junior.
Craig Pfautz, a left-hander from Darton JC in Georgia, right-hander David Kellerberg of St. Cloud via South Florida Community College and left-hander Richard Bleier of Davie South Plantation will each vie for time on the pitching mound.
Among the five position players signed are two local athletes – infielder Corey McGuire of Fort Myers Cypress Lake High and outfielder Josh Upchurch of Cape Coral Mariner High. Upchurch was an honorable mention all-state pick as a junior.
Infielder Patrick Garrido of West Palm Beach Royal Palm High, catcher Dan Branca of Tampa Newsome High and outfielder Geoff Rottmayer of Tampa via Pasco Hernando CC complete this year’s recruiting class.
The Eagles will open the 2005 season, their first year as full-fledged NCAA Division II participants in February.