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What has been a tumultuous year for the UNLV baseball program has changed for the better over the past couple of months. It started with long-time associate head coach Stan Stolte having the interim head coach tag removed, and now, the Rebels have made a sizable splash on the college baseball stage with the addition of volunteer assistant and Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.
Maddux, who previously was serving as Dodgers special assistant to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to the volunteer position. He will have an expansive role with the Rebels, too. Stolte handled the pitching and recruiting duties for the Rebels before Tim Chambers’ dismissal. And now, while Stolte will still be heavily involved in recruiting, Maddux will serve as the Rebels’ pitching coach despite having the volunteer coach tag.
This will be Maddux’s first hurrah as a coach at any level, but his experience in the game is plentiful as you might imagine. Maddux had a lengthy professional baseball career and retired in 2008. In his career, Maddux was the first pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young Awards, while also being named to an All-Star team on eight different occasions. Maddux was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2014. Maddux finished his career with an ERA of 3.16 in over 5,000 innings pitched, along with an incredible 355 wins.
Since his playing career ended, Maddux has served in a variety of front office positions for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and now, the Dodgers.
“To add arguably the smartest player to ever step foot on a baseball field to our staff is so exciting for our student-athletes and the program,” stated Stolte. “After meeting with Greg, you are so impressed with him not only with his knowledge of the game, but how grounded he has remained and his genuine desire to share his knowledge with up-and-coming players. He may be the most respected teammate in the game past or present, which is the ultimate compliment as a player. We look forward to his immediate impact once we begin our fall season.”
In addition to wanting to coach at the collegiate level, Maddux now has a chance to do something rather unique – he gets to coach his son, Chase. Maddux, a 6-foot-2, 140-pound, sophomore righthander, made nine appearances last season and threw 7.1 innings. Maddux inherits a pitching staff that finished the 2016 campaign with a rather iffy 6.00 ERA. Also worth noting, the Rebels must replace all three starting pitchers, including Kenny Oakley, D.J. Myers and Dean Kremer. Oakley, a senior, was a 31st round pick to the Colorado Rockies, while Myers was a 15th round selection to the San Francisco Giants. Kremer was a 14th round selection of the Dodgers.
UNLV finally had some normalcy when Stolte was selected as the head coach. Now, the Rebels have the baseball world abuzz with the addition of Maddux, 50, who now gets an opportunity to coach his son while also trying to turn around a program that only has been to the NCAA postseason once in the last decade.
It’s a new era, indeed.