Baseball America names Florida's Kevin O'Sullivan National Coach of the Year
He didn't walk away from Omaha with a national championship trophy, but Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan received a prestigious honor today.
The fourth-year Gator coach was named the 2011 College Coach of the Year by Baseball America. He led the Gators to a runner-up finish at the NCAA College World Series with a school-record 53 wins and an overall mark of 53-19. He is the first baseball coach from UF to collect the publication’s yearly accolade.
Under O’Sullivan, Florida earned a trip to Omaha in consecutive seasons for the first time and made the College World Series for the seventh time in school history (1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011). Although UF lost in the CWS Championship Finals to South Carolina, the Gators earned a second-place showing for the second time in school history (2005).
O’Sullivan joined Joe Arnold (1988, 1991) and Andy Lopez (1996, 1998) as Gator head coaches who have made multiple trips to Omaha.
Florida reached the 40-win plateau for the 20th time in school history and the third-straight year under O’Sullivan and the school-record 53 wins marked the third time that the program exceeded 50 wins (also in 1991 & 1996).