By Leo Haggerty

The University of South Florida wasted little time in filling their vacant Head Baseball Coach position.  Bulls pitching coach Billy Mohl was evelated to that spot in front of a standing room only crowd at the Sun Dome Arena Club on July 6th.

After a very successful season which saw USF (41-17 overall and 14-10 in the AAC) advance to the NCAA Gainesville Regional, Head Coach Mark Kingston accepted a similar position at the University of South Carolina.  The job wasn’t open long and USF President Judy Genshaft spoke highly of the seventh baseball coach in South Florida history.  “We’re very excited in the direction the program is heading,” Genshaft stated.  “Billy Mohl has been a big part of the recent success and has helped to bring high-caliber student-athletes here to USF.”

Director of Athletics Mark Harlan echoed Genshaft’s sentiments.  “The future of USF baseball is bright and now it’s time to usher in the ‘Billy Ball’ era,” Harlan stressed.

Kohl, obviously overcome by emotion during parts of the introductory press conference, said that the core values that were established during the previous Kingston regime will not change.  “You’re going to see a team that has a lot of energy,” Mohl expressed.  “You’re going to see a team that plays the game the right way and plays the game hard every single day.  That’s what you can expect from me.  I can promise you as we move forward, 100 percent effort will be given every day to make fans and alumni proud of this program.”

Many current USF players lobbied for Mohl’s appointment.  Many of them, as evidence from the picture below, were in attendance Thursday and were eager to get back at it under Mohl’s tutelage.  “He’s very good at what he does,” pitcher Pete Stryzelecki professed.  “As you can see by the numbers, he leads us and puts us in the best position to succeed.  It’s an exciting day for all of us and I am just ready to get back to work with coach.”

All pictures courtesy of photojournalist Trace Crisp.