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Sean McNally named head baseball coach at Duke

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2005

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Durham, N.C. - Former All-ACC infielder Sean McNally has been named the head baseball coach at Duke University, announced on Friday afternoon by director of athletics Joe Alleva.

"I am delighted to announced that Sean McNally will be the head baseball coach at Duke University," said Alleva. "He has all of the qualities that I look for in a coach. He is extremely bright, passionate about Duke baseball and an excellent teacher and communicator. Sean will represent Duke with class, integrity and dignity. We have had tremendous success in hiring young coaches and developing winning programs. Dan Brooks, Gail Goestenkors, Kerstin Kimel, Mike Krzyzewski and Mike Pressler all started here at a young age and they've fared quite well. In time, I believe Sean will develop a winning program."

McNally replaces Bill Hillier, who resigned this past May. Bill Hillier compiled a record of 121-214 in six years, including a 34-114 mark in the ACC. The Blue Devils were 14-39 last season, which was clouded in controversy after reports in the school newspaper that Hillier bred discontent within the program and encouraged players to use steroids.

While lettering at Duke from 1991-94, McNally was a four-year starter and two-year team captain for the Blue Devils. As a senior in 1994, he earned Second Team All-ACC and Third Team GTE Academic All-America honors after establishing school single-season records for batting average (.408) and slugging percentage (.775). McNally finished the 1994 campaign with 89 hits, 19 doubles, eight triples, 17 home runs and 71 RBI.

McNally currently ranks among Duke's career leaders in triples (3rd - 17), RBI (4th - 181), runs scored (t8th - 172), batting average (8th - 332), hits (9th - 251), doubles (9th - 48), at bats (9th - 756), games started (t9th - 198) and games played (10th - 207).

During McNally's intercollegiate playing tenure, the Blue Devils amassed a four-year record of 134-82 (.620). The 1992 Duke team set a school standard with 38 wins, a mark which was eclipsed a season later when the Blue Devils went 39-18-1. Duke's 1994 squad posted a 33-20 overall ledger with a program-best 16 ACC wins as the Blue Devils finished tied for second with Georgia Tech in the league regular season standings behind conference champion Clemson.

After being selected in the 16th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 1994 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, McNally endured a nine-year playing career in the professional ranks. He reached as high as the Triple-A level on three occasions with Calgary (Marlins) in 2000, Buffalo (Indians) in 2001 and Tucson (Diamondbacks) in 2001. Overall, he played in six organizations including Kansas City (1994-99), Florida (2000), Cleveland (2001), Arizona (2001), Texas (2002) and Montreal (2002). In 1999, McNally batted .282 with 36 home runs and 109 RBI and was named to the Texas (AA) League All-Star Game.

McNally has spent the last three years coaching in the Cleveland organization. He served as the hitting coach for Burlington (A) in 2003 before holding the same capacity for Akron (AA) in 2004. After managing the Cleveland squad in the 2004 Florida Instructional League, McNally served as the manager for the Burlington franchise in 2005.

Additionally, McNally spent five seasons (1997-01) as an assistant basketball coach at Riverside High School in Durham and two years (2003-04) in the Duke Athletic Department as an academic advisor while managing the Verizon Read with the Blue Devils community outreach program.

A native of Rye, N.Y., McNally graduated from Duke in 1994, earning bachelor of arts degrees in both history and political science. He is married to the former Kim Voyticky, an All-ACC performer in track and field at Duke before graduating in 1998.

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Sean McNally named head baseball coach at Duke
Duke's new head baseball coach Sean McNally.
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