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USF Bulls' Lelo Prado named Big East baseball coach of the year

USF's Lelo Prado was named Big East baseball coach of the year on Monday.

This is the second such honor in Division I for Prado but first in the Big East; he was the Conference USA coach of the year in 2002 at Louisville.

"There's a lot of people involved," Prado said. "My assistants have done a great job, and the players have done everything we've asked of them."

Bulls sophomore pitcher Randy Fontanez, who had the league's lowest ERA, was the only USF player named to the All-Big East first team. Louisville's Justin Marks, who got his league-best seventh conference win against USF on Thursday, was Pitcher of the Year. Louisville's Chris Dominguez repeated as Player of the Year.

Bulls catcher Trey Manz was named to the second team; pitcher Derrick Stultz, outfielder Junior Carlin of Riverview and first baseman Todd Brazeal made the third team.

MARTIN HONORED: Florida State's Mike Martin, whose team earned the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament, was named the league's baseball coach of the year for a sixth time. The Seminoles (40-14, 19-9) start play in the ACC tournament on Wednesday. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Holt (.402, 74 runs, 31 stolen bases) and freshman pitcher Sean Gilmartin (10-2, 3.71 ERA) were named first team All-ACC. Second baseman Jason Stidham, shortstop Stephen Cardullo and outfielder/pitcher Mike McGee made the second team.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Former Indiana guard Nick Williams will transfer to Mississippi.

Times staff writers Brian Landman and Greg Auman contributed to this report.

USF Bulls' Lelo Prado named Big East baseball coach of the year 05/18/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 18, 2009 11:06pm]

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