Bobcat Baseball Adds Pair of Assistant Coaches

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball program and head coach Tom Carty are proud to announce the addition of two new assistant coaches in Dan Pirillo and Brandon Durden.

"We are excited about adding Dan and Brandon to our coaching staff,” said Carty. “This is a great move for Bobcat Baseball. Both coaches bring a different experience to our program and will help us improve our player development.”

Pirillo comes to GC from Division I Long Island University, where he spent two years as an assistant coach. Pirillo graduated from Long Island in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

“Dan is coming to us from Long Island University where he worked under Don Maines, for whom Coach Mitchem and I have a tremendous amount of respect. Coach Pirillo will work with our outfielders, assisting Coaches Mitchem and Mortiz with teaching our team offensive approach and with our recruiting efforts.”

Durden is a familiar face to Bobcat faithful, as he toed the rubber on John Kurtz Field for three seasons. An All-Southeast Region First Teamer in 2004, Durden was drafted and signed by the Colorado Rockies in in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Durden spent six seasons in minor league baseball, reaching as high as the Triple-A level. He was a 2006 South Atlantic League All-Star.

“Adding Coach Durden to our staff will be a great asset to our players who continue to work towards playing professional baseball. He will be able to offer our team so much about working hard at Georgia College while chasing the dream of playing pro baseball. Coach Durden will assist me coaching our pitching staff.”

“Both coaches also bring a wealth of experience in strength and conditioning as well.  Today is a great day for Bobcat Baseball and we look forward to our student-athletes arriving to meet these two new coaches."

The Bobcat baseball team went 35-17 in 2011, a season that saw them hold down the No. 1 spot in the country for two weeks. The Bobcats finished second in the PBC West, honoring three all-region players and a pair of All-Americans in Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) and outfielder Shawn Ward (2010-11).

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