After leading the Florida baseball team to its first national championship in program history, Kevin O’Sullivan was named the national coach of the year by both Collegiate Baseball and D1baseball.com.
The Gators have become a national powerhouse in the last 10 years under O’Sullivan. Florida has reached the NCAA Tournament every year and clinched a spot the College World Series in six of the past eight seasons — more than any other team during that span.
In addition to the national championship, Florida finished the season 52-19, won a share of the SEC regular-season title and earned a top-8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time under O’Sullivan.
The Gators ran through the competition in the College World Series on the back of its pitching staff and defense. The pitchers — led by ace Alex Faedo and sophomore Brady Singer — struck out 68 batters over six games in Omaha, Neb. The defense played error-free baseball for the final five games, which is a College World Series record.
These are O’Sullivan’s second and third overall national coach of the year honors in his career. He was named Baseball America’s College Coach of the Year in 2011.
O’Sullivan is the second Florida coach to earn the coach of the year honor from Collegiate Baseball. Andy Lopez shared the award with LSU’s Skip Bertman in 1996. He is the 12th SEC coach overall to earn the award since its inception in 1980.