Matt McCarty was a let’s-do-what-it-takes-to-win-this-game type of baseball player when Shepherd won the 2009 WVIAC tournament title in Johnstown, Pa. and with it the conference championship.
He was used most often as a starting pitcher. But he relieved at times. Played shortstop at times. And was the designated hitter at times.
After the 2009 championship season, McCarty went to Winchester in the Valley Baseball League to be an assistant coach with the Royals.
He was back at Shepherd as an assistant coach to Wayne Riser this past spring when the Rams won a second WVIAC title in the past four years.
Riser left Shepherd to move along to Division III and the University of Mary Washington to become the head baseball coach.
On Friday, McCarty was introduced by Shepherd athletic director B. J. Pumroy as the interim head coach of the 2012-13 Rams. McCarty has been in charge of the continuing fall workouts.
Joining McCarty as Shepherd’s full-time assistant coach is another former Ram player, Anthony Jackson. Jackson has been a part-time baseball assistant at Shepherd in both 2011 and 2012. He was the starting catcher on Riser’s team that won the 2009 WVIAC championship. Like McCarty, Jackson has also coached in the Valley Baseball League. And like McCarty he received all-conference mention from the league’s selectors.
McCarty came to Shepherd to play after two seasons at Tennessee Wesleyan. He was an all-conference selection while with the Rams.
In 2013, the Rams will also have the services of part-time assistant Mike Spry, a Shepherd Athletic Hall of Fame member who had the school’s career home run record until it was broken this past spring by Nathan Minnich.
The 2013 season will be Shepherd’s last in the WVIAC as the Rams will be joining the newly-formed NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference beginning in the fall of next year.
McCarty will be the youngest head coach in the WVIAC.
But he will have been around the league for five years.