Edwin Thompson, who has spent the last three seasons at Georgia State, is Eastern Kentucky's new baseball coach. In the last five seasons has recruited and coached 11 All-Americans and 24 players who went on to play professional baseball.
Thompson served as the pitching coach for the Georgia State in 2013 and 2014 before being promoted to recruiting coordinator/defensive coordinator for 2015.
"Edwin brings great energy, character and a set of skills that will elevate our vision for EKU baseball while maintaining the NCAA model for the student-athlete experience," Athletics Director Steve Lochmueller said in a statement released by EKU.
In addition to coaching at Georgia State, Thompson has spent the last two years working with USA Baseball. His roles have included evaluating players for the USA 18U National Team and coaching the 17U National Development Program.
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"Edwin Thompson is one the top young recruiters in the nation," said Shaun Cole, Director of the USA Baseball 18U National Team Program. "His ability to work with hitters and pitchers makes him a well-rounded head coach. Coach Thompson has a high level of integrity and passion for college baseball. Edwin is a great hire."
Before joining the Georgia State program, Thompson spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Duke as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Thompson compiled a 37-33 record in two seasons (2009 and 2010) as the head coach at NCAA Division III Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Thompson's coaching career began at the University of Maine at Farmington where he served four seasons (2005-08) as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
Colonels name associate head coach for football
EKU football coach Dean Hood announced that Charlie Skalaski III will be his associate head coach. His other responsibilities will including being the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Skalaski has worked with Steve Spurrier and Mike Shanahan at Florida, and he also spent two seasons as an assistant in the NFL.
"Charlie will be a great addition to our staff," Hood said in a statement. "He is a veteran wide receiver coach and a tireless recruiter with a proven track record."
Skalaski just completed his second stint as an assistant at Liberty. In 10 seasons combined he helped the Flames win five Big South Conference Championships.
Following the 2011 season, Skalaski left Liberty to join Mike Mularkey's coaching staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars, serving as the assistant to the head coach and offensive assistant.
Skalaski returned to Liberty before the 2014 season to serve as director of player personnel and recruiting.
As a graduate assistant at Florida from 1978 to 1980, Skalaski worked under Spurrier and Shanahan, who were assistant coaches.