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Calvi named AlaBCA Division 1 Coach of the Year

(image: USA) Calvi named AlaBCA Division 1 Coach of the Year

University of South Alabama baseball head coach Mark Calvi was recently named the 2017 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (AlaBCA) Large College Division I Coach of the Year.

It marks the third straight year Calvi has won the award after he earned the honor following the 2015 and '16 seasons. He won his first AlaBCA Coach of the Year award following the Jaguars' 2013 season.

Calvi guided the Jags to a 40-21 overall record last year en route to a Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and NCAA Hattiesburg (Miss.) Regional appearance. USA went 22-8 in SBC play and finished the season ranked No. 26 in the final Collegiate Baseball poll. It marked the second straight season the Jags have won 40 or more games, and the 21st time the program has won 40-plus contests in a year.

The Jags broke the program record for walks (373) in a season last year, which ranked second nationally. USA ranked sixth nationally in runs scored (488) and on-base percentage (.415), seventh in runs per game (0.80), 11th in fielding percentage (.980), 14th in sacrifice flies (32) and home runs (78), and 15th in slugging percentage (.480). Defensively, last season's fielding percentage of .980 broke a single-season record at USA. The Jags have ranked in the top 10 nationally in fielding percentage the last three seasons, breaking the program's previous mark in each of those seasons.

South Alabama will open the 2018 season Fri., Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. (CT) against Kansas State in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

For more information about South Alabama athletics, check back with USAJaguars.com, and follow the Jaguars at Twitter.com/USAJaguarSports. Season tickets for all Jaguar athletic events can be purchased by calling (251) 461-1USA (1872).

Join the Dugout Club, the baseball specific support club of the Jaguar Athletic Fund. Members enjoy all games from inside the Stadium Club with climate control, private restrooms, private concessions and access to listen to the radio broadcast. All donations to the Dugout Club go directly to support the South Alabama baseball program. For more information on how you can join visit: jaguarathleticfund.com/dugoutclub.

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