College Baseball Central Podcast: Previewing Bethune-Cookman Baseball with Zach Dean

On this edition of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by Zach Dean of the Daytona Beach News Journal to preview Bethune-Cookman baseball.

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The Wildcats enjoyed unprecedented success in 2017, as they not only advanced to a regional final, but they won the first game of the final against eventual national champion Florida to force a decisive seventh game in the regional. Bethune-Cookman dominating the MEAC has been done before. Getting to a regional was old hat for the Wildcats. But getting to a regional final, forcing a decisive game, and doing it against in-state rival Florida? That was uncharted territory.

And as hard as it may be to believe, they might be even better in 2018, given that they return a huge chunk of their most productive players from last year.

Among the topics discussed on this episode are:

  • The feeling around the program that they have unfinished business going into the 2018 season
  • How the team will define success this season and the bar they’ve set to clear to feel like they’ve finished what they started last season
  • What to expect from Barrett Shaft as the interim head coach and how it might be an adjustment for the team
  • The greatest strengths of the 2018 team
  • The most impressive aspect of Bethune-Cookman’s success over the last decade-plus

Plus, with the biggest NASCAR race of the year set to take place in Daytona in a matter of days, the pair goes off on a tangent or two about the changing demographics of NASCAR, the struggles they’ve had to attract young fans, and the personalities of the drivers on the circuit.

Thanks for listening, everyone!

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.