Patrick McCarthy is entering his eighth season as the Eagles' head coach and in that time has turned the baseball program into one of the nation's elite. His Eagles won the program’s first-ever NAIA World Series title in 2013 and were the national runner-up in 2016.
He's taken his teams to the NAIA national tournament seven times, with World Series appearances in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Faulkner has posted a record of 345-106 under his leadership. The national champions were 56-11 in 2013, and the 56 wins are a program best.
Faulkner went 53-13 in 2016 and was both the regular season and tournamen champion in the Southern States Athletic Conference. The league title was the Eagles’ second under McCarthy’s leadership, with the other coming in 2013. Faulkner has won the SSAC regular-season championship four of the past five seasons.
McCarthy was named the ABCA NAIA Coach of the Year in 2013, the SSAC Coach of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, is a four-time Rawlings NAIA Regional Coach of the Year recipient and was a finalist for the Skip Bergman Coach of the Year award presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
McCarthy won his 500th game as a collegiate head coach against Lindsey Wilson in the opening contest of the 2016 World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
He started his coaching career in 2000 when he was hired as a graduate assistant at Mississippi College. In 2001 he was hired as an assistant at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., and in 2005 he was promoted to head coach, where he compiled an overall record of 158-108 which included a 58-47 tally in the TranSouth Conference and postseason record of 4-10.
His career head coaching record stands at 503-214, which puts him just outside the Top 25 wins list for active NAIA baseball coaches.
A native of Brockton, Mass., McCarthy was a two-year letterman at North Florida Community College and a two-year letterman at Freed-Hardeman, all as a catcher. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Freed-Hardeman in 1999 and a master’s degree in social science from Mississippi College in 2002.
McCarthy and his wife Katie Beth were married in 2000 and have three sons - Miller, Andre, and Keenan. The McCarthy’s are active members of Landmark Church of Christ where he serves as a deacon, small group leader and Bible class teacher.
Albert Gertz is entering his fourth season as an assistant baseball coach at Faulkner.
Gertz started his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Tennessee Wesleyan University in 2009. In 2011 he transitioned into the role of volunteer assistant coach, and in 2014 he was hired as at assistant coach at Faulkner University.
A native of Hixson, Tennessee, Gertz was a three-year letterman at Tennessee Wesleyan University as a pitcher. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Tennessee Wesleyan University in 2009.
Mike Mendoza is entering his second season as an assistant baseball coach at Faulkner.
Mendoza started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan University in 2013. In 2014 he was hired as an assistant coach at Ashford University, and after two seasons moved into the same position at Faulkner. Mendoza also played two seasons of professional baseball, one in the Frontier League and another in the Pecos League.
A native of San Gabriel, California, Mendoza was a two-year letterman at Glendale Community College and two-year letterman at Iowa Wesleyan University, all as an infielder. He was named WSC Player of the Year and a CCCAA All-American at Glendale and MCC Player of the Year and NAIA All-American at Iowa Wesleyan. He earned a bachelor's degree in public relations at Iowa Wesleyan University in 2012.
Mendoza is engaged to Faulkner women's basketball alum M.C. Bell, and the two plan to marry in 2017.
Mike Correa is entering his second season on the Faulkner baseball coaching staff.
Correa started his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Faulkner in 2016. In 2017 he was promoted to graduate assistant coach.
A native of Sacramento, California, Correa was a two-year letterman at Sacramento City College and a two-year letterman at Faulkner University, all as an infielder. He won a CCCAA Gold Glove award at Sacramento City and was a member of the 2013 NAIA National Championship team at Faulkner. He earned a bachelor's degree in sports management at Faulkner University in 2016, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling from Faulkner.