Veteran Wright State pitching coach Lovelady promoted to head coach
Wright State associate head coach Greg Lovelady has been promoted to head coach of the Raider program. He served for nine seasons as the top assistant for Rob Cooper, who recently announced he accepted the head coach position at Penn State.
"I'm very excited about Greg leading our baseball program,” director of athletics Bob Grant said. “He has been a co-architect the entire step of the way with Coach Cooper and I expect a seamless transition. Greg is a tremendous baseball man and is more than ready for this challenge. It is especially gratifying when we are able to promote a member of our Raider Family to a head coaching position; this is a testament to Greg's hard work and dedication and the success our program has had for the last nine years."
On the field, Lovelady has worked as the pitching coach and with the catchers on a daily basis while off the field, he has served as the recruiting coordinator for the program, helping Wright State to NCAA tournament berths in 2006, '09 and '11. During his time with Cooper at Wright State, the Raiders posted an overall record of 286-230 with 141 wins in Horizon League games.
“I want to thank Dr. Hopkins, Dr. Abrahamowicz, Bob Grant and Rod Perry for allowing me to run this great program,” Lovelady said. “The last nine years have been a wonderful experience for me and my family, and we feel humbled and honored to be chosen to continue the great legacy of Raider Baseball. I am looking forward to building on the foundation that I have helped lay and continuing the precedent set by our past teams. I am blessed to be in a position to lead the great group of student-athletes we currently have and am excited to begin this new chapter.”
The 2011 season saw Cooper and Lovelady record their 200th coaching victory with an 8-2 decision at home over Youngstown State on March 26. That season also saw Jake Hibberd become his fourth Horizon League Player of the Year, Michael Schum pick up his second HL Relief Pitcher of the Year and Corey Davis named the second League Newcomer of the Year under Cooper and Lovelady. Early-season wins over The Citadel and West Virginia helped catapult the Raiders to a sixth-straight 30-win season.
Lovelady graduated from Miami (Fla.) in 2001 with a degree in finance and a minor in sports management as a member of the university's dean's list. Professionally, Lovelady played with the Utica Blue Sox, an affiliate of the Florida Marlins, and helped develop two UM catchers and numerous pitchers into major league draft choices.