ATHENS-----Scott Daeley has been named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Georgia baseball program, head coach Scott Stricklin announced Tuesday.
Daeley will serve as the hitting coach, work with the outfielders and be the third base coach during games. Daeley comes to Georgia from Kent State where he served in a similar capacity as a member of Stricklin’s staff for the past nine years.
As hitting coach at KSU, the 36-year-old Daeley helped develop 30 All-Mid-American Conference position players, three MAC Players of the Year and six All-Americans. During Daeley’s time as recruiting coordinator at KSU, the Golden Flashes assembled classes that excelled both on the field and in the classroom. He was a part of the KSU program that made five NCAA Regional appearances highlighted by the 2012 College World Series.
A total of 36 Flashes have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft since 2005 including 26 in the last five seasons. After the 2012 season that saw the Flashes reach the College World Series, Baseball America went back and re-ranked the recruiting classes from 2008 and ranked the Flashes as having the ninth best class. The 2006 class was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 class in the country becoming the first Mid-American Conference program to be included in their recruiting Top 25.
In conference play, KSU hitters finished in the top three in the MAC in batting average, runs and on base percentage for the past eight years and finished in the top three in fielding percentage seven of the past eight seasons.
The Golden Flashes have led the league in home runs four times and taken home the batting average and runs scored crown on three occasions. In 2009, the Golden Flashes set a single season MAC record for runs scored during a season when they crossed the plate 504 times. The 2012 Kent State offense led the country in doubles with 163 and finished third in hits with 729.
“We’re excited that Scott is going to be a part of the staff at the University of Georgia; he’s an outstanding coach with great instincts for the game and will be a tremendous asset to the student-athletes,” said Stricklin. “We’re thrilled that Scott, Alison and his family will be joining us here.”
Prior to his arrival at Kent State, Daeley served as a volunteer assistant coach for two years at his alma mater Wake Forest. Daeley rejoined the Wake Forest baseball program in May 2002 after playing three years in the San Francisco Giants organization.
Daeley played center field and batted leadoff for the Demon Deacons in 1998 and 1999 and was the catalyst for back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship teams. He earned second team All-ACC honors in 1999 with 27 doubles and 83 runs scored, the second most in a single season in Wake Forest baseball history. A 31st round draft pick of the Giants following the 1999 season, Daeley played with Shreveport, San Jose and Salem-Keizer.
Daeley came to Wake Forest from Cypress Junior College in California where he hit .350 and ranked among the school’s all-time leaders with 98 runs scored and 43 stolen bases. He was named co-MVP of the 1997 junior college state championships.
“My family and I are real excited about coming to Georgia,” said Daeley. “I’m looking forward to getting started and working in the SEC and facing some of the best teams and coaches in the country. Every weekend it’s going to be a challenge and will enjoy being in that atmosphere of SEC baseball.”
A native of Orange, Calif., Daeley received a business degree from Wake Forest in December 2002. Scott and his wife, Alison, have two daughters, Sloan (4) and Paige (3).
The Scott Daeley File
Born: Feb. 25, 1977
High School: Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.
College: Wake Forest, B.A. in 2002
Family: Wife: Alison; Children: Sloan (4) and Paige (3)
Cypress Junior College, Cypress, Calif., 1996-97
Wake Forest, 1998-99
31st Round Draft Pick, San Francisco, 1999; Minor Leagues: 1999-2002
Volunteer Assistant, Wake Forest, 2002-04
Assistant Coach, Kent State, 2005-2013
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Georgia, 2013-present