"I am very proud of this recruiting class and I commend the hard work of my assistant coaches Clay Greene and Maynard McClarrinon, along with former assistant coach Nate Goulet," Skole said. "Clay and Mac were outstanding in evaluating this class and developing relationships with each recruit. The enormous time and effort they put into developing this class will become very apparent when our team hits the field in the future."
The Bucs posted their first winning season since 1999 in 2005, and parlayed the momentum from last season's success into this year's stellar class.
"This is an important class as we continue to solidify our program as we are coming off the most successful season of ETSU Baseball in the last 23 years," Skole said. "With the loss of seven quality seniors and facing the potential of some of our juniors to leaving early because of next June's Major League Draft, it was important that we attracted some talented individuals.
"And as happy as I am about the wealth of baseball talent in this class, I am even more pleased at what fine young men have chosen to be a part of the growing tradition of State Baseball. I am very excited about this season but look forward to the day when I can welcome all of these new Bucs to campus.
"This class will play a significant, important role in the future of State Baseball. Our coaching staff feels that this group will not only help maintain the high standards and level of play of the ETSU Baseball program, but will also help further enhance our goal of bringing home our first Atlantic Sun Championship."
The Bucs open their 2006 season February 3 at home against
Below are capsules for all nine signees.
Brandon Langston, pitcher,
A 30th round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox, Brandon went 6-3 with a 4.82 ERA for
Craig Wojciechowski, pitcher,
Craig went 4-1 with one save and 3.13 ERA at
Todd Caldwell, pitcher/outfielder,
In three seasons Todd has compiled some intimidating stats, and an impressive array of accolades. For his career Todd hits .425 with 14 home runs and 153 RBI. From the mound he has run up a 19-8 record, while striking out 291 batters. His level of play earned him back-to-back Watauga County Player of the Year awards. He was named to the TSWA 2005 All-State Team, and was a Johnson City Press "Super 22" selection in 2004 and 2005. A three-time member of the All-Carter/Johnson County Team, Todd was named Carter\Johnson County Player of the Year following his sophomore season. In 2004 Todd also participated in the TBCA Regional All-Star Game.
Tanner Moore, shortstop, McCallie High School, Chattanooga,
A four year starter at shortstop, Tanner boasts a career batting average of .357 with 32 doubles, seven triples, 11 home runs and 98 RBI. In 2005 Tanner was named to both the All-Region Team and the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) All-Region Team. He was also a TSWA All-State selection, and an All-City honoree by Chattanoogabaseball.com. A three-time Team Tennessee Sunbelt Team selection (2003-05), Tanner was also named to the 2004 state All-Tournament Team.
Danny Petro, catcher, Campbell High School, Atlanta, Ga.
Danny hit .360 with 10 doubles and 26 RBI as a member of the East Cobb Yankees in the summer of 2005. Yankees went on to win the Connie Mack World Series, staking their claim as the best junior baseball team in the nation.
Bart Roark, infielder, McCallie High School, Mountain City, Tenn.
As a junior Bart batted .358 with six doubles, seven home runs, 45 RBI and 21 runs scored. Bart accrued numerous awards in 2005, including All-City Times Free Press selection, TBCA All-Region, Chattanoogabaseball.com all-city honoree and TWSA all-state team. In 2004 he was selected to the Team Tennessee Sunbelt Team.
Ryan Self, infielder/catcher,
Ryan hit .370 with ten doubles, one triple, three home runs and 27 RBI as a junior. He was selected to both the all-district 9AAA and all-region 5AAA teams.
Drew Story, pitcher, Jefferson County High School, Jefferson City, Tenn.
Over the last two seasons Drew has compiled a 10-2 record with a 2.20 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched. He was a first-team all-league selection, and a Prep-Extra second-teamer in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Justin Tramble, shortstop, Kell High School, Marietta,
A starter since his freshman season, Justin hit .257 with three doubles, one triple and eight stolen bases in an injury shortened junior campaign. Over the summer with the East Cobb Patriots, Justin hit .343 with two home runs and 10 stolen bases.