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3leftturns

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Rough to be in a P5 where you have such an intraconference disadvantage weatherwise
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Yeah - bringing those schools into the ACC was part of the grand scheme of adding more TV viewers for ACC football, but it's certainly a competitive disadvantage for other sports.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Bosch Added as Newest Assistant Coach
Mike Bosch comes to the Gators program after serving as the head coach at Syracuse University.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida softball head coach Tim Walton announced Mike Bosch as the program's newest assistant coach Friday. Bosch joins the Gators after he compiled a record of 88-65 (.575) over the last three seasons as the head coach at Syracuse University.

Walton began the national search for Florida's next pitching coach with several specific traits and abilities in mind. The search for the person who embodied those specifics led Walton to Syracuse and the subsequent hiring of Bosch.

"The person I was looking for needed to have the ability to create a working relationship with our pitchers and be able to collaborate on a plan to develop them better mentally and mechanically." Walton said. "It needed to be someone who understands the work ethic expected at Florida, who understands the importance of garnering details in film study and who has the ability to not only recognize the strengths of our pitching staff, but also knows the opponent's tendencies and therefore is able to put together a quality game plan for pitch calling. With all of that said, Mike Bosch checked off every single one of those boxes.

"When it comes to the recruiting process, I have always paid attention to who can identify talent, build quality relationships with high school and travel coaches and who understands the grind of recruiting. I have witnessed Mike be the first person to the field and one of the last to leave for many years. Mike and I share the same passion for not only player development but also the personal development of our student-athletes. I am very excited and proud to announce Coach Bosch as the new pitching coach for Florida softball, and I am happy to introduce him and his wife Ellen to everyone in Gator Nation."

Those abilities helped Bosch in the development of six All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selections during his three seasons at the helm of the Syracuse program. Most notably was 2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top-10 Finalist Sydney O'Hara – the only finalist for the most prestigious award in collegiate softball in the program's history. Most recently he helped guide sophomore pitcher Alexa Romero, who finished the year as the 2018 NCAA statistical champion in strikeouts per seven innings (10.9), and the Syracuse pitching staff to a 2.35 ERA that ranked 41st nationally.

Bosch now has the opportunity to collaborate and apply his abilities with one of the top pitching staffs in the country.

"I'm excited to be joining the Florida softball family and being a part of a long-standing tradition of success." Bosch said. "I would like to thank Scott Stricklin and Tim Walton for giving me this opportunity. The passion, commitment, and work ethic that coach Walton, coach (Aric) Thomas, their entire staff and each of the players is special and I look forward to being a part of that culture."

Before taking over the Orange program, Bosch served as an assistant coach at Syracuse during 2011, 2012 and 2015 seasons with the primary responsibility of developing the pitching staff. In 2015, he helped junior pitcher Jocelyn Cater finish 19th in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (9.0) and 26th in total strikeouts (236).

While in 2012, Bosch guided the Orange to 1.77 ERA, which ranked 18th nationally and set school records for ERA (1.77), strikeouts (459) and strikeouts per game (7.89). In 2011, the program claimed the Big East championship with a single-season record 45 wins behind the arm of Big East Pitcher of the Year and ECAC Pitcher of the Year Jenna Caira.

Throughout his time at Syracuse, Bosch tutored two of the program's three National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans in O'Hara (2017) and Caira (2012).

Prior to his return in 2014 to Syracuse, Bosch was the National Softball Director for Frozen Ropes, Inc. in Chester, N.Y. from 2012-13.

Before Bosch joined the Orange in 2011, he served as the head coach at Iowa Lakes Community College from 1997-2010 where he compiled a record of 525-236-2 (.689). While there, he developed 28 All-Americans and 81 All-Region Selections along with his staff being named the NFCA Midwest Coaching Staff of the Year in 2006 and 2010.

He steered the Lakers to Region XI Championships in 2008 and 2010, while the 2009 squad competed for the Region XI title. The 2008 and 2010 teams earned berths to the National Junior College Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championships, where they finished fifth and third, respectively.

In 1990, Bosch earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics education from Southwest Minnesota State University and completed his master's degree in mathematics from Mankato State University in 1997. He served as a mathematics professor at Iowa Lakes Community College from 1996-2010 and 2013-2014.

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3leftturns

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I've always thought that someone being the first to arrive and last to leave can be a double-edged sword
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"The person I was looking for needed to have the ability to create a working relationship with our pitchers and be able to collaborate on a plan to develop them better mentally and mechanically." Walton said.


I’m surprised no one commented on this part of release. ‘...develop them ...mechanically.’ Interesting!
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Bosch pulling a Kirk Walker?
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I've always thought that someone being the first to arrive and last to leave can be a double-edged sword


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Bosch pulling a Kirk Walker?


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Leaving a P5 HCing gig to be an assistant. Maybe my first post shouldn’t have included the ? at the end but it was a subtle jab at maybe both seeing the writing on the wall, possibly?
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Leaving a P5 HCing gig to be an assistant.


That "lateral move" card is way over-played on this board. Being the pitching coach at UF is about 10 times more prestigious than being head coach at Syracuse. No to mention the pay is probably better.
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Leaving a P5 HCing gig to be an assistant. Maybe my first post shouldn’t have included the ? at the end but it was a subtle jab at maybe both seeing the writing on the wall, possibly?


Walker left Corvallis to be with a man who lived and worked in LaLa.
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That "lateral move" card is way over-played on this board. Being the pitching coach at UF is about 10 times more prestigious than being head coach at Syracuse. No to mention the pay is probably better.


Who said it was lateral?
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Walker left Corvallis to be with a man who lived and worked in LaLa.


I know that, but he was also pretty dunzo at OSU as well. It was also Walkers alma mater, so there’s that too.
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Who said it was lateral?


C'mon, jayrot; I wasn't trying to start an argument. If you don't like "lateral," I suppose you would call it a step down.

My point was that his new job is better than his old job. Hands down.
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C'mon, jayrot; I wasn't trying to start an argument. If you don't like "lateral," I suppose you would call it a step down.

My point was that his new job is better than his old job. Hands down.


That’s debatable. The team Walton has built is surely better. The location and recruiting potential is better. But if he was a better coach he would’ve parlayed a HCing job at Syracuse into a better HCing job. I don’t know how I’d classify it, but it doesn’t matter bc it’s what he wanted. It somewhat like what will happen when Vann Stuedeman realizes she’s a better pitching coach than head coach.
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That’s debatable. The team Walton has built is surely better. The location and recruiting potential is better. But if he was a better coach he would’ve parlayed a HCing job at Syracuse into a better HCing job. I don’t know how I’d classify it, but it doesn’t matter bc it’s what he wanted. It somewhat like what will happen when Vann Stuedeman realizes she’s a better pitching coach than head coach.


Agree across the board – except for those first two words. And the argument wasn't whether he was a "better" coach, just that he got a better job.
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It can merely be self-promotional.

And, sometimes, people are really squeezing every drop out of their talent
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Agree across the board – except for those first two words. And the argument wasn't whether he was a "better" coach, just that he got a better job.
Little doubt of it
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There is a difference between talking about pitching, offering your opinion and analysis about pitching, and working with pitchers on a daily basis to see if your advice is productive and understanding where to go with them after multiple years of training and being able to continue their development. Scarborough may turn out to be a great coach, but to my knowledge, she hasn’t done this yet. There is also a difference between personal success as a player (and commentator) and being a seasoned teacher with success AS A TEACHER AND A COACH.
I’m not slagging Scarborough. She is definitely one of my favorite commentators and i have enjoyed reading some of her articles on the internet. She may be a great teacher. I just wouldn’t guarantee it based on her commentating. Show me her successful students.


Funny how so many have rules about who can be an ASSISTANT coach, and how the rules only match the writer of the post.....

Give me a break. These college assistant jobs are not rocket science. Most former players can do it, if they themselves hopefully were coached well, got a degree and actually paid attention in class and life. But, on the other hand, I just walked by a field where a college standout from a smaller but well-known NC school just ripped into her travel ball players right before their last bigtime tourney, and made them run. She was not coached well and now that group will not be coached well.

Never mind that AS coaches young girls and I would say that is great experience and tough experience, with the parents on you and kids that are well, kids. Perhaps she just does not brag about her successes (those she taught years ago and now approaching HS or college). Every thought about that?
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TerpAlum you are such a b*tch.
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TerpAlum you are such a b*tch.
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Al good stuff from folks with more knowldge than me! However, would some people let me now if Bosch is
A good hire for Florida or not, and why?
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I am very interested to see how well and how quickly he can develop relationships with UF pitchers. Besides being a fantastic pitching coach and knowing her stuff, Rocha brought a very personal and human element to the dugout, and specifically, the bullpen. Being female and former pitcher herself made her relatable, so the kids bought in to her knowledge and trusted her. She has an ease about her, that allows the kids to get comfortable quickly. I think Bosch's biggest challenge will be developing relationships for 1) because he has big shoes to fill and 2) young women with pitcher-type personalities, will inevitably question anything that differs that from which they are accustomed. So for now, it's wait and see.... but I think Bosch will have A LOT work to do in the area of developing relationships with the kids and his own personal interpersonal skills.

On the other hand, Walton has a very good track record on hiring competent assistant coaches, so I have no doubt that if Bosch doesn't pan out, he will make changes swiftly. 

 
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Work on KSP iis underweigh!

https://mobile.twitter.com/_timwalton/status/1025919586171084800

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Work on KSP iis underweigh!

https://mobile.twitter.com/_timwalton/status/1025919586171084800



Underweigh?

Is this some softballjunkie post?
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Hopefully nothing serious and they can gain the wait back
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Funny how so many have rules about who can be an ASSISTANT coach, and how the rules only match the writer of the post.....

Give me a break. These college assistant jobs are not rocket science. Most former players can do it, if they themselves hopefully were coached well, got a degree and actually paid attention in class and life. But, on the other hand, I just walked by a field where a college standout from a smaller but well-known NC school just ripped into her travel ball players right before their last bigtime tourney, and made them run. She was not coached well and now that group will not be coached well.

Never mind that AS coaches young girls and I would say that is great experience and tough experience, with the parents on you and kids that are well, kids. Perhaps she just does not brag about her successes (those she taught years ago and now approaching HS or college). Every thought about that?


I won’t waste much time on this since UF’s pick seemed to align more with my ideas than yours. So there’s not much left to argue and i make it a habit not to argue much on this board anyway.
At any rate, my point was that coach and player (or commentator) are two very different titles with very different responsibilities. I don’t think that’s arguable???
As for the idea that “most any player can do it”. I’m sorry, but as a player, two of the worst pitching coaches i tried to learn from were well coached former All-Americans (who both played for Team USA at some point in their careers).
It was not my intent to make any “requirements” based on my qualifications. I’m definitely NOT lobbying for the job. I thought it fair to say that a pitching coach (especially one expected to help a team return to and win the WCWS) should probably have a track record as a pitching coach. That was all. But it’s nice of you to think that i fit that description. I’ll sleep well tonight having received your compliment.
Sorry UF fans to have been a part of mucking up the UF thread a bit. I’ll avoid it in the future as best i can. Yay for the new reno at KSP!
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Underweigh?

Is this some softballjunkie post?


From the Lamar coach thread? Very funny! My bad for not proofing after I returned. I wont fix it.
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While Walton didn't leave for Texas, the ripple effect of that hire cost Florida big time. Can't blame Rocha for wanting to coach at her alma mater. Happy for her and very happy we had her at Florida for as long as we did. 

Interesting that we have an all-male coaching staff. Can't recall the last time I saw that. 

With all that said, this year should be interesting. All 5 of the pitchers need some sort of significant development - whether that be mentally, mechanically or just physically in general with their pitching ability. But it's a good a time as any for a new pitching coach. 
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