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Baseball: Carbone recommends associate coach for replacement following retirement

Since 1924, Ohio has only had four head baseball coaches. But a fifth will lead the team onto the turf at Bob Wren Stadium starting in 2013.

Head coach Joe Carbone will officially hang up his Bobcat cleats on July 1, and he has recommended associate head coach and pitching coach Andrew See as his successor. But Ohio Athletics will not make any decisions or announcements until the close of the 2012 campaign.

“We will have a national search at the end of the year,” said Tom Symonds, assistant athletic director for media relations. Symonds gave no indication as to whether See’s candidacy would be affected by Carbone’s recommendation.

Because Carbone will no longer be part of the program in 2013, See took over recruiting duties after Carbone’s retirement decision. And the longtime Bobcat skipper has been pleased with the newest group of Bobcats, which includes at least six recruits.

“I’ve recommended him for the head job, but we don’t know,” Carbone said. “He’s sold the university and the baseball program to a number of young men who are really outstanding players, and they have committed to come here.”

See played for three years under Carbone after transferring from Georgia. He was a two-year member of the starting rotation before earning the role as closer his senior season. See also showed poise at the plate, as he hit .350 during his collegiate career.

He also played three seasons with the Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League before taking his first coaching job. He was the head coach for the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League in 2005.

See joined Carbone’s coaching staff in 2006, permanently filling the position vacated by Bill Toadvine, who died from lung cancer in November 2005.

See has a bachelor’s degree in sport industry and a master’s degree in coaching education and athletic administration. Both degrees are from OU.

Junior co-captain Seth Streich said the team is not concerned about the coaching situation but is focused on making the 2012 season a fitting finale for Carbone.

“We don’t know that much about the coaching process,” he said. “We know the school’s going to make the decision that’s best for the baseball program.”


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