College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking Boise State Baseball with B.J. Rains

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Boise State baseball with B.J. Rains of the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Technically, there’s not yet a Boise State baseball team to talk about, but the wheels are already in motion on the way to BSU taking the field in 2020 for the first time since 1980. Most recently, they hired former Gonzaga and Portland assistant and veteran minor league coach Gary Van Tol to be their head coach. Given his experience as a college assistant in the region, familiarity with the city of Boise as a former coach with the Boise Hawks, and with the proven ability to develop talent that comes with being a longtime minor league coach, Van Tol seems like a good fit to help jumpstart the Broncos’ program.

Above all else, it’s become all too familiar lately to see programs announcing that they are shutting down, so it’s nice to see one go the other direction. With the aggressive approach the BSU administration has taken in getting things going so far in advance of their official debut, it looks promising that the Broncos will be able to compete sooner rather than later.

Among the topics discussed include:

  • Why Van Tol is a good fit for the program
  • Van Tol’s priorities in the near future
  • The factors that played a role in Boise State deciding to bring baseball back
  • Budget figures for the baseball program
  • The status of the push to build a stadium
  • How the program is expected to be supported, both in the local community and within the administration

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.