In 2004, two hurlers were taken in the first 10 rounds, marking the first time in program history that two Fighting Irish pitchers were chosen in the Top 10 rounds of the same draft.AT STETSON Rooney was the pitching coach at Stetson from 2002-03.
I’m grateful to Coach [Todd] Whitting for giving my family and I this opportunity.
We are eager to begin this new chapter in our life here at Houston.”He brings a wealth of experience to Houston’s veteran coaching staff, having spent eight years as the head coach at UCF.
He paced the conference with four complete games and issued just 15 walks to 82 strikeouts while producing a 10-2 overall record.
PRIOR TO HOUSTON Rooney has an extensive background in college baseball, having made several stops at established programs throughout the country.
AT UCF Rooney led UCF to new heights during his eight seasons at the helm, helping the Knights earn national recognition among the nation’s Top 30 in five seasons.
Under his guidance, UCF reached the NCAA postseason in consecutive seasons in 20 – marking just the second time in program history to accomplish that feat.
He most recently served as the pitching coach at Alabama during the 2017 season and joins the Houston program with more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience.
ABOUT HOUSTON’S 2017 PITCHING STAFF Rooney takes over a pitching staff at Houston that has continued to set the bar among the American Athletic Conference.
Rooney's 2006 Stetson recruiting class was ranked 12th nationally by , the highest in the history of the program.