Van Horn Named Assistant Coach for 2005 USA Ba
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – USA Baseball announced today that Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn will serve as an assistant coach on the 2005 USA Baseball National Team.
The team will represent the United States this summer internationally. Joining Van Horn as assistants will be Kentucky Head Coach John Cohen and Oral Roberts Head Coach Rob Walton. Steve Smith of Baylor will serve as Team USA’s head coach this summer.
“I think for me personally it is a tremendous opportunity to have a chance to represent the United States,” Van Horn said. “I am really looking forward to putting on that Team USA uniform. That is going to be a real thrill and a highlight in my coaching career. It also gives me a chance to be around a group of outstanding baseball players.”
Van Horn is entering his third season as the head coach at his alma mater. He guided his 2004 Razorbacks back to Omaha for the College World Series for the first time since 1989. He has a 665-273 (.709) career record in 16 seasons as a head coach and an 80-46 (.635) mark at Arkansas.
Van Horn has made six NCAA regional appearances, won four conference tournament crowns, made three trips to the CWS and won a Division II National Championship in stops at Central Missouri State, Northwestern State, Nebraska and Arkansas.
“USA Baseball is very fortunate to have each one of these outstanding coaches dedicate their summer to our program,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams.
In June, USA Baseball will invite 36 of the nation’s top freshman and sophomore collegiate players to the USA Baseball National Team Trials in Raleigh. After the team is selected, Smith will guide Team USA through their third summer of play at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in July following the 34th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan and a five-game Friendship Series vs. Chinese Taipei in Taiwan.
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