University of Minnesota head baseball coach, John Anderson announced Thursday that volunteer assistant coach Patrick Casey has been promoted to full-time assistant coach and Gopher alum Ty McDevitt has been hired as the volunteer pitching coach.
Patrick Casey joined the Gopher baseball program as a volunteer assistant before the 2014 season. He works primarily with the hitters and catchers, and helped Matt Fiedler earn Big Ten Player of the Year honors in 2016. Casey is charge of summer placement of current players throughout the country and runs the Dick Siebert Fall League.
Since Casey has donned the maroon and gold uniform, Minnesota has turned into an offensive juggernaut. The Gophers had 10 players who held batting averages over .300 from 2011-13. After joining the coaching staff, Casey has developed 15 hitters to eclipse the .300 mark, including all-Big Ten selection Michael Handel in 2015.
Through the use of analytics and new-age technology, Casey has changed the approach of the offense for the Golden Gopher program. He’s been instrumental in the improvement of 11-plus hitters in their batting average and on-base clips in just two seasons in the Twin Cities.
Casey has coached a team that peaked to a No. 3 overall offensive national ranking in 2016 with a club batting average of .327, which currently sits as the highest mark since 2003 and seventh all-time in program history. Minnesota finished the regular season leading the Big Ten in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, RBI, total bases and finished second in home runs. Seven hitters under the tutelage of Casey earned all-conference honors.
In the summer of 2015, Casey placed 24 Gophers on the rosters of 11 Northwoods League teams, one of the top summer leagues in the nation. Seven of those players were invited to the Major League Dreams Showcase.
Casey came to the University of Minnesota from Butler University, where he served as hitting coach from 2013-14. He also worked with infielders, catchers and base runners, assisted with recruiting and coordinated the Bulldogs' travel.
He previously spent five seasons at the University of St. Thomas, where he was part of five MIAC championships, five NCAA Regional appearances and two Division III College World Series, including winning the 2009 National Championship.
Casey was the Tommies' volunteer assistant for the 2007-08 season, and then served as the catching and hitting coach for the next four seasons. In his first season working with the catchers, the group's rate of throwing out base stealers improved from 16 to 45 percent. The Tommie backstops also cut down on errors, passed balls and catcher's interference calls by more than 50 percent. The catchers' fielding percentage improved each year under Casey.
Casey was the first recruiting coordinator in St. Thomas baseball history, bringing in dozens of all-state and all-conference performers in three years. He also handled public relations and media for the Tommies.
Casey coached two seasons with the Northwoods League's Waterloo Bucks. He was an assistant in 2012 before being promoted to hitting and third base coach in 2013. He was named 2013 Northwoods Coach of the Year after the Bucks won a league-record 51 games and made their first playoff appearance since 2002.
In the fall of 2012, Casey was selected by the Minnesota Twins to attend Major League Baseball Scouting and Development School. He served as an associate scout for the Twins in the Midwest in spring and summer of 2013.
Casey is also the head catching and hitting instructor at Complete Game Baseball Academy in Lino Lakes, Minn. and is a key component of The Cages, North Star Baseball and the Minnesota Prospects.
Casey graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels and went on to play baseball at the University of North Dakota. He held a career .995 fielding percentage in college, playing catcher, second base and outfield.
Casey graduated from St. Thomas in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature Arts with a Writing Emphasis.
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