MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University department of athletics and interim athletics director Jimmy Wilson recently named Tom Carty head coach of the Bobcat baseball program. Carty spent the 2008 season in an interim head coach role, after the departure of the previous skipper Chris Calciano.
While Carty has been with the program, the Bobcats own an amazing 132-52 (.717) mark, the first two Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships in school history and a pair of trips to the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Tournament.
"It's always special to hire from within," said Wilson. "Tom was an assistant for two years and served in an interim capacity for last season, so he knows what it takes to get the job done at Georgia College. We viewed his work in 2008 as an admirable job considering the loss of 12 seniors from the previous squad."
With Carty at the helm of a youthful 2008 squad featuring just two returning starters, the Bobcats steadily improved over the 33-24 season, scratching their way into the PBC Tournament as the No. 5-seed. The Bobcats upended the host national No. 10 USC Aiken in the first round 12-8 and were six outs away from a PBC semifinal appearance.
"I am very honored and excited about this opportunity," said Carty. "I would like to thank Jimmy Wilson, Dr. (Bruce) Harshbarger and Dr. (Stan) Aldridge for allowing me to take this step in my career here at Georgia College & State University. I also want to thank the players on the 2008 team for working hard and making the transition smooth for me and my staff. I would also like to thank my family, my wife Terri and my parents for supporting me as I worked my way to becoming a Head Coach at the collegiate level."
Prior to last season's promotion, Carty served primarily as pitching coach for Georgia College for two seasons, helping produce a pair of All-America honors from Michael Antonini. He joined fellow pitcher Andy Reichard as Major League Baseball draftees in 2007, Reichard in the 13th round to the San Francisco Giants, and Antonini to the New York Mets in round 18. Add in Chrisitan Castorri, and a total of three pitchers that have worked with Carty at Georgia College are active in the major leagues.
As recruiting coordinator, Carty helped bring in solid classes in each of his two years, including multiple players who were drafted before committing to GCSU.
The GCSU pitching staff was at an all-time high in 2006, compiling a school-best 2.82 ERA with 437 strikeouts, the third-best total by GCSU hurlers. Add to that a 3.53 ERA, 408 strikeouts and four shutouts in 2007, and one can see the strong impact Carty has had on the Bobcat arms.
In the summer of 2006, he served as head coach of the USA Athletes International Team that won a gold medal in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands.
Prior to GCSU, Carty spent four seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Division I Marshall University, then a member of the Mid-American Conference. While there he helped the Thundering Herd pitching staff break many school single season records.
"I am anxious to move this program forward towards a National Championship," he added. "Georgia College baseball has a great tradition and I feel privileged to walk in the footsteps of past coaches; Chris Calciano, Steve Mrowka and John Kurtz. We have a good nucleus of players returning and a solid recruiting class coming in so I think the future is very bright for Bobcat baseball."
Carty also spent one year at North Carolina State University where he was the director of baseball operations and served the summer of 2001 as the pitching coach for the Delaware Valley Gulls of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. Carty spent two years as an assistant coach at West Chester University in Pennsylvania in 1999 and 2000 and also held coaching assignments at Delaware Valley College and Montgomery County Community College prior to that.
Carty graduated with a degree in History from Gwynedd-Mercy College in Pennsylvania in 1996. He is originally from Norristown, Pa.