JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 2017) – ETSU head baseball coach Joe Pennucci wasted no time putting together a coaching staff for his debut season at the helm, as he has added two full time assistant coaches and one volunteer assistant to his staff.
The trio includes assistants Ross Oeder, Micah Posey and former ETSU baseball player Skyler Barnett.
Oeder, who spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at Penn State, will work as a hitting coach for the Bucs. Oeder helped the Nittany Lions improve their hitting over the course of four seasons and helped the team achieve a 10-game win improvement in 2016.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be here working with Coach Pennucci at ETSU,” Oeder said. “I’m also excited about getting to work with a good group of hitters and to help continue their success on that side of the baseball.”
Oeder is a graduate of Wright State, where he played three seasons for head coach Rob Cooper before coaching under him at WSU and later at Penn State. Prior to coaching, Oeder spent two years playing professionally with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
“Coach Oeder brings a high level of experience to our program, and I couldn't be happier to have him become a part of Buc nation,” Pennucci said. “His playing experience at Wright State, professional baseball and working with Coach (Rob) Cooper at Penn State offers a great opportunity of knowledge to our players.”
Posey comes to ETSU from Elon University, where he spent four seasons as an assistant coach working with the Phoenix pitching staff. He will serve the same role at ETSU.
“I’m excited about working with Coach Pennucci and his vision of bringing conference championships to Johnson City,” Posey said.
Posey coached multiple pitchers at Elon to all-conference and all-rookie honors. 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).
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.
“Coach Posey is a great fit at ETSU,” Pennucci said. “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.”
After a successful playing career at ETSU from 2008-12, Barnett returns to Johnson City as a volunteer assistant, where he will work with catchers, among other duties. Barnett spent the last three seasons at Carson-Newman University as the recruiting coordinator.
“I’m honored and humbled to be back home to work with these guys and be back at ETSU,” Barnett said.
The Erwin, Tenn. native was the ETSU team-captain in 2012 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. In between his playing career and working for Carson-Newman, Barnett coached as a graduate assistant at Lincoln Memorial, helping the school win the South Atlantic Conference for the first time in 54 years.
“It’s exciting to have an ETSU alum as a part of our coaching staff,” Pennucci said. “Coach Barnett has worked under Coach Tom Griffin at Carson Newman, who is an outstanding baseball man and is highly respected in our game. Skyler is a high energy guy that has great attention to detail and is a hard worker.”
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Photo Credit: Penn State Athletics (Oeder) and Elon Athletics (Posey)