College of Charleston Joins The Colonial Athletic Association
In the last decade, College of Charleston baseball has become one of the top non-BCS programs in the country. The Cougars have been to five NCAA regionals with a trip to a Super Regional in 2006.
Charleston has posted the 15th-best winning percentage in the nation since 2004, and the team has reached the 30-win mark every year since 2001.
Head coach Monte Lee has been highly successful in his five years at the helm, coaching nine All-Americans and 19 players who signed professional contracts.
The Cougars went 31-26 in 2013, finishing second in the Southern Conference. Senior Jake Zokan was drafted in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners, while freshman Carl Wise led the team with 10 home runs and earned a spot on the NCBWA Freshman All-America Second Team.
Charleston returns all but one position player from last season's starting lineup, and will open the 2014 season at College World Series participant North Carolina.
The 2015 and 2016 CAA baseball championships will be hosted by College of Charleston at Patriots Point.
CAA BASEBALL FACTS
The CAA was ranked #8 among all Division I conferences in 2013. For the first time ever, seven CAA teams won 30 or more games.
Three CAA teams (UNCW, Towson and William & Mary) earned NCAA Tournament berths and all three teams won at least one game.
Four players earned All-America honors, five received Academic All-America honors and 15 players made the ABCA All-East Region squad.
The CAA had 11 players selected in the 2013 MLB Draft.