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Gopher baseball announces Ty McDevitt as new head coach

McDevitt played for previous head coach John Anderson from 2012 to 2016 and spent the last eight years on the staff, six as the pitching coach
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McDevitt helped develop Max Meyer, who was selected third overall in the 2020 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins.

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday that Gophers pitching coach and player development coordinator Ty McDevitt will be the next head baseball coach. 

McDevitt spent the past eight years on the staff following his five-year playing career as a Gopher. He will become the 16th head coach in program history and the fourth coach since 1948.

McDevitt said he looks to uphold the history and tradition of Gopher baseball and continue to instill the values that define the program.

“This program is steeped in rich history and tradition, built on the hard work, dedication, and passion of countless players, coaches, and supporters who have come before me,” McDevitt said. “Together, we will strive to build upon this storied legacy, fostering a culture of integrity, resilience, and success both on and off the field.”

Under McDevitt, who spent the last six seasons as the team’s pitching coach, junior pitcher Connor Wietgrefe was named to the All-Big Ten First Team in 2024 and Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on May 15, 2023.

McDevitt will take over for John Anderson, who announced at the start of the 2024 season he would be stepping down. Anderson served as head coach for 43 seasons.

University Athletic Director Mark Coyle said he is excited about the program’s future with McDevitt at the helm.

“(McDevitt) has earned this next step in his career, and I am excited to watch him get to work,” Coyle said. “I know he will lead with great integrity and intensity, both on and off the field.”

McDevitt produced 13 MLB draft picks from the Gophers pitching squad. Max Meyer and Lucas Gilbreath were the only two selected before arriving in Minnesota.

Meyer was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in Round 34 of the 2017 MLB Draft but decided to attend Minnesota. After three seasons with McDevitt, Meyer redeclared for the MLB Draft. The Miami Marlins drafted Meyer third overall in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft.

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