One of the rising assistant coaches in collegiate baseball, Rusty McKee is in his ninth season with a Florida Gulf Coast program that has won three Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championships in the last five years. A 13-year veteran of college coaching in the state of Florida, McKee has been responsible for coordinating the recruiting efforts as well as assisting head coach Dave Tollett with all aspects of the program.
During his time in Fort Myers, FGCU has compiled 283 wins, including a 104-46 mark in the A-Sun since joining Division I in 2008. The Eagles have won at least 36 games in six of his eight seasons.
McKee also handles the schedule of opponents, scouting and works with the hitters.
Over his eight seasons working directly with FGCU’s hitters, McKee has helped the Eagles finished with a team batting average over .300 in six of those seasons, highlighted by a program Division I record .334 clip in 2010. McKee has seen a player hit .300 or better 43 times over his eight years, including two that surpassed the .400 mark.
In the 2011 and 2012 seasons, McKee guided five different players to an average of .300 or better, including Zach Maxfield's .365 mark in 2011 which was seventh in the A-Sun.
During FGCU’s most recent run to an A-Sun regular season crown in 2010, McKee saw a program record eight players bat .300 or better, led by junior Mikel Alvarez, who hit .409 with a school record 99 hits. The Eagles finished third in the conference in team batting average (.334), as three field position players earned All-Conference first team status. FGCU finished with a 38-20 overall record and equaled its record with a 25-5 record in A-Sun action.
During the 2008 season, FGCU’s first as a Division I program, McKee helped guide the Eagles to an Atlantic Sun Championship, setting a record for wins by a first year A-Sun program with 25 league wins. He helped develop A-Sun hitter of the Year Jason Peacock who was a 25th round selection by the Florida Marlins in the 2008 MLB Draft. Peacock posted the fifth highest batting average in league history and ranked among the nations leaders in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage. FGCU hit .312 during the season, 2nd best in the league. The Eagles were one of the top defensive squads in the country under McKee. FGCU posted a fielding percentage of .971, best in the league and among the leaders in NCAA Division I. In addition to Peacock, Ozzie Borrell and Mikel Alvarez were each honored as All-Atlantic Sun selections.
During the 2007 season, FGCU’s final season as a member of NCAA Division II, McKee helped lead the Eagles to their second consecutive 40 win seasons and appearances in the NCAA tournament. FGCU boasted one of the top offenses in the country as they hit .333 and scored a program record 512 runs. The Eagles drew an amazing 300 walks while posting a .432 on base percentage as a team. In 2006, FGCU set a school record with 41 wins while hitting .327 under McKee. They hit 54 homeruns and had a .499 slugging percentage as they made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. FGCU pounded out a school record 650 hits and advanced to the South Region final before falling to the eventual national champions. During McKee’s first season, the Eagles posted then school records 53 homeruns and .957 fielding percentage. During the season, their first as a Division II member, the team hit .306 during the season.
In addition, he helps direct all FGCU youth baseball camps, which welcomed more than 300 participants in 2008.
A 2000 graduate of the University of North Florida, McKee was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida from 2002-04.
He also served as an assistant coach at UNF under legendary head coach Dusty Rhodes from 1996-2002. During his tenure on the UNF staff, the Ospreys went to four NCAA Division II regionals and two NCAA Division II World Series.
McKee, who has also served as a manager in the Northwoods and MINK collegiate summer leagues, has coached 11 all-Americans, 16 all-region players and 26 all-conference selections during his coaching career and worked with more than 66 players who have played professionally, including three major leaguers.
McKee and his wife Traci along with their son Brett, reside in Fort Myers.