Aug. 20, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University Head Baseball Coach John McCormackhas rounded out the coaching staff for the 2013 season with the addition of Rich Billings to mentor the Owls' outfielders, coach first base and hitters.
"It's not very often that you get the chance to join a coaching staff with such a passion and knowledge for the game. Meanwhile, these coaches care so much for the young men in the program," said Billings. "The FAU baseball program is known for winning on and off the field. I look forward to contributing to its long tradition of excellence."
Billings comes to FAU after being head coach at Lake-Sumter Community College in Clermont, Fla. for five successful seasons. He was one of the youngest college head coaches in the country when hired at 23 years old in 2007 after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at the college. Billings is a 2005 graduate of East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in history. He would later earn a Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2011.
"Rich brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the game. He has been a head coach and we welcome him to the baseball program," said McCormack.
Billings coached former Owls standout Nick Delguidicein 2008, a season in which the infielder earned Florida State Defensive Player of the Year honors. DelGuidice set a FAU record for career doubles, earned National Player of the Week honors and is now playing professionally within the Kansas City Royals' minor league organization. Over 40 Billings-coached players advanced to play at four-year collegiate programs.
Billings' teams set school marks in for fielding percentage (.955 in 2008), team batting average (.300 in 2009) and earned run average (3.78 in 2012). Lake-Sumter made its first appearance in the Florida College System Activities Association state tournament in 2011.
FAU is coming off its second Sun Belt Conference regular-season title in the last three seasons in 2012. The Owls went 32-22 to mark the program's 14th consecutive winning season.