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July 12, 2005
Marshall Signs Rick Reed as Baseball Team Pitching Coach
by Grant Traylor
Huntington News Network Sportswriter
Huntington, WV (HNN)- Marshall University is bringing back its sons to help lead the Thundering Herd to Conference USA greatness.
First, Mark Snyder to lead the football team; next, Rick Reed as pitching coach of the Marshall baseball team.
Reed officially became the school's pitching coach on Saturday, July 9, 2005 after an announcement by head coach Dave Piepenbrink.
The former major leaguer and Thundering Herd star, like Snyder, has community ties as well as a vast sports background after playing days at Marshall.
That gives Reed credibility with out of state students as well as a community feel that helps him relate to the area players that want to stay home to compete in Conference USA.
Reed's professional career has run the gamut. His 17 years in the major leagues included play in the minor leagues as well as the major leagues.
He also was a replacement player during a baseball strike and then came back to the major leagues where he went to two all-star games (1998 and 2001).
Reed's best season came in 1998 as a member of the New York Mets, where he won 16 games and held a 3.48 earned run average, striking out 153 batters while walking just 29.
His professional experience also spanned the likes of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, and Minnesota Twins.
For his career, Reed pitched in 273 games, starting 245 of those games. He finished with a 93-76 record and a 4.03 earned run average.
His career with the Thundering Herd spanned the 1984 and 1985 season before he was chosen in the 26th round of the 1986 amateur draft.
Reed replaces Tom Carty, who left the Thundering Herd for a coaching position with the Georgia College and State University.