FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas head baseball coach Dave Van Horn has been selected by USA Baseball to serve as an assistant coach with the 2011 Collegiate National Team it was announced on Thursday.
Van Horn, who is entering his ninth season with the Razorbacks this year, is making his first appearance as a coach for USA Baseball. His duties this summer will include coaching third base, working with the infielders and handling the offense of the Collegiate National Team.
"USA Baseball has approached me a couple of times about coaching," Van Horn said. "Each time there was something else going on here where I didn’t feel like I could leave to coach. This year the timing seemed right. I am excited about coaching this elite team and am looking forward it."
Van Horn’s Razorback squad is coming off back-to-back appearances at the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in school history but have their work cut out if they wish to make it three-in-a-row. Arkansas lost several players to the Major League Baseball draft in June including first rounder Zack Cox, second rounders Brett Eibner and Drew Smyly and fifth rounder Andy Wilkins. Returning to the team however is a strong group of players up the middle which includes catcher and team captain James McCann, middle infielders Tim Carver and Bo Bigham and outfielder Collin Kuhn.
"We are proud that Coach Van Horn has been selected to serve on the USA Baseball coaching staff this summer," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Dave has done an exceptional job leading the Razorback team and has earned this opportunity to coach our national team."
The Razorbacks have had a strong relationship with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team for several years with former Arkansas standouts Nick Schmidt, Logan Forsythe and Andy Wilkins each playing for the traveling squad. Schmidt was a starting pitcher for the team in 2006 and Forsythe joined the squad in 2007 before his junior season while Wilkins played for the team in 2009. The Collegiate National Team schedule typically runs from early July through early August and begins at the USA Baseball training complex in Cary, N.C. While the 2011 schedule calls for more domestic games, previous Collegiate National Teams have traveled to Japan and Canada.