Micah Posey joined the ETSU baseball staff on August 15, 2017 and enters his second season leading the pitching staff.
Posey came to ETSU from Elon University, where he spent four seasons as an assistant coach working with the Phoenix pitching staff. He worked under the direction of head coach Mike Kennedy.
“I’m excited about working with Coach (Joe) Pennucci and his vision of bringing conference championships to Johnson City,” Posey said.
In his first season as part of the Joe Pennucci debut staff, the ETSU pitchers finished with more than 400 strikeouts and less than 200 walks.
Posey also guided Ryan Simpler in his senior season, as Simpler stayed among the national top-25 nearly all season in the strikeout-to-walk ratio statistic. Simpler finished with 94 strikeouts and 15 walks in 96.1 innings of work.
Under Posey's direction, ETSU delivered on the mound in close game situations. The Bucs racked up 16 saves, which is exactly twice as many as the eight saves ETSU's opponents recorded in the 2018 season.
While at Elon, Posey helped guide the Phoenix to a 2013 SoCon tournament championship. In 2017, the Elon pitching staff dropped its ERA 1.43 points from the previous year and compiled two no-hitters under Posey's watch. Posey coached multiple pitchers at Elon to all-conference and all-rookie honors through his four seasons.
Last season, Posey worked directly with Kyle Brnovich, who set the Elon Division I freshman record for strikeouts (103) and matched the program Division I freshman mark for victories (six). Brnovich was named the CAA Freshman of the Year, named to the CAA first-team and was a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American while learning from Posey.
“Coach Posey is a great fit at ETSU,” said ETSU head coach Joe Pennucci. “His knowledge and experience as a college and professional pitcher will help our players develop and reach their ceiling. His father is an outstanding high school coach in Florida. Having worked for a great pitching guy in (Elon) Coach (Mike) Kennedy, he has had great tutelage.”
Posey's tutelage started early in his career, as he started his coaching career in 2009 working for his father, Mike Posey, at North Florida Christian School. In his four seasons as an assistant coach, the younger Posey helped his father's team win the 2011 3A State Championship.
In 2012, Posey took his first head coaching job with the Next Level Baseball 16U team before landing the job at Elon.
Posey has coached 20 players who were either drafted or signed to the MLB, including 15 pitchers and six players from Elon. Most notably, Posey coached Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell while working for Prospectwire as a scout and coach. Russell was the 11th overall pick for the Cubs and won a World Series in 2017.
Prior to coaching, Posey pitched professionally with the then-Anaheim Angels organization from 2002-07 and was a Mid-West all-star selection in 2004.
Posey would later graduate from Florida State University after his baseball career, where he earned a degree in marketing in 2011. He is married to Julie Posey and recently became a father in April 2018.