Vanderbilt assistant Travis Jewett has done a terrific job and highlights our list and analysis of 15 college baseball assistants most ready to be a head coach.


Most Head Coach-Ready Assistants

Missouri State pitching coach Paul Evans was named the 2015 Assistant of the Year last week, but plenty of other assistants also did great jobs not only this year, but also have done so for a lengthy period of time.

Though the college baseball coaching carousel is nearing its end for the summer, many assistants have established excellent reputations and should be on the board next summer when other head coaching jobs become available.

Two elite programs had two assistants on our list of 15 head-coach ready coaches, while many other programs also were represented. The list was compiled by national writers Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers.

FloridaStateMike Bell, Florida State

The Seminoles have an excellent coaching staff with Mike Martin leading the charge, along with his son, Mike Martin Jr., also on the staff, and of course, Bell serving as associate head coach, pitching coach and second-man in charge on the recruiting trail. Bell is a very well respected pitching coach who has a strong reputation both as a coach and evaluator of talent. Bell, who played at Florida State, spent time at Tennessee and four seasons having success at the University of Oklahoma before heading back to FSU, where he recently completed his fourth season and, by all accounts, helped the Seminoles overachieve from a pitching standpoint, specifically as it pertains to the starting rotation. Bell is an elite assistant, and his demeanor is perfect for a program looking for a stable presence.

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