MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Faulkner's Patrick McCarthy, who led the Eagles to the 2012 Southern States Athletic Conference regular season baseball championship, was named the men's overall coach of the year at the league's spring meetings banquet here Monday night.
The nominees consisted of the SSAC's men's individual sports coaches of the year. McCarthy, named the SSAC's baseball coach of the year last month, was chosen by a select committee chaired by conference commissioner Kurt Patberg. The 2012 Eagles won 21 straight games at one point during the season, holding off Lee for the league title. Faulkner, which climbed as high as No. 3 in the NAIA national poll, was the top seed in the Beaufort (S.C.) Opening Round site of the national tournament but failed to advance to the Avista-NAIA World Series, finishing the year with a 48-13 record.
McCarthy, having just completed his third season at Faulkner, is 135-49 with the Eagles, who have received national tournament bids each of McCarthy's three years at the school. Last year's team made the program's first-ever trip to the World Series.
"This award may have my name on it, but it was earned by all of our players and our assistant coaches, who are the best in the country in my opinion," said McCarthy, who spent five seasons as the head coach at Freed-Hardeman before coming to Faulkner. "It was a very special season for us. It didn't end the way we wanted it to, but this team accomplished a lot. I'm very proud of everyone involved with our program."
Lee soccer coach Matt Yelton, who guided the Flames to the NAIA national championship, was selected the SSAC's women's overall coach of the year.