Head Coach Evan Agona - 3rd Year
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The 2016-2017 season will be Agona's 3rd season as Head Baseball Coach at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and 12th overall at the collegiate level. In just two short years he has quickly turned the program from an afterthought to a regional and national contender. In his first two seasons Agona has led the Challengers to an overall 83-34 record. In the 2016 campaign the Challengers set a school record with 47 wins, and won the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. In both seasons the Challengers have been ranked among the nations' elite programs with Top 25 rankings, and finished the 2016 ranked 8th in the NJCAA Division II National Poll. Throughout the last two seasons the team has beaten several nationally-ranked opponents, highlighted by a combined 6-0 recorded versus the eventually 3rd place teams in the World Series over the past two years. During his tenure 9 players have been honored as All-Conference Selections, 2 as All-Region Selections, and 1 All-American Selection. Additionally, Manny Rodriguez was selected as the 2016 Conference Player of the Year and two players were selected as Academic All-Americans. Furthermore 15 former players have moved on to attend 4-year program in the past two years.
Agona came to Tri-C after spending 5 years as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Mount Union. During his time at Mount Union the program achieved unprecedented success; highlighted by a program first conference championship and NCAA Regional Tournament appearance in 2013. He began his coaching career at Thiel College (PA) where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2004-2007. He served the 2007-08 season as a junior college head coach at Mercyhurst-North East (PA) and was the head coach at Slippery Rock Area High School (PA) in 2009.
Throughout his coaching career, Agona has coached numerous players that received recognition for their successes including; 49 All-Conference selections, 13 All-Region selections, 2 All-American selections, a conference Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, as well 2 players that have moved on to play professionally. During each of his four stops at the collegiate level, the program has set numerous school records including single-season wins at all four during his tenure.
Agona was a four-year letter winner, and part of two North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championship teams at The College of Wooster where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business economics in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in sport management from Slippery Rock University (PA) in 2008. Prior to college he attended Ursuline High School in Youngstown, where he was a two-year letter winner in both baseball and football. During his baseball career he twice earned honors as a 1st Team All-Steel Valley Conference player and was a captain of the 2000 OHSAA State Championship team.
In addition to his coaching role, Agona also serves as a adjunct professor on campus. Additionally, he owns his own business Agona Baseball Camps, LLC where he conducts showcases, camps, lessons, and tournaments. Agona currently resides in Canton, with his wife Mary Kate and their daughter Aubree.
Assistant Coach Scott Saylor - 3rd Year
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Assistant Coach Scott Saylor is in his 3rd year on the coaching staff at Cuyahoga Community College. He is responsible for leading recruiting efforts and is primarily responsible for coaching catchers and infielders.
He was an assistant coach at John Carroll University. While at John Carroll, the program won the conference championship and made an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Scott was responsible for coaching infielders and hitters, as well assisting with student-athlete recruitment and the coordination of camps.
In addition to his time at John Carroll, Saylor spent time as an assistant coach at Barberton High School. During his playing career, Saylor spent time at Malone University and the University of Akron. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Akron with a degree in Sports Management. Additionally, Scott worked with the All American Baseball Academy conducting camps and lessons for youth and high school players.
Assistant Coach Bob Merritt - 3rd Year
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Assistant Coach Bob Merritt serves as Pitching Coach.
Bob came to Cuyahoga Community College in July 2014 after spending 4 seasons as the Pitching Coach at Baldwin-Wallace University. During his time at Baldwin-Wallace, the program and the pitching staff inparticular under his tuteledge, experienced dramatic improvements. The team broke school records for wins. In 2014, the program reached the NCAA Division III World Series.
Prior to Baldwin-Wallace, Merritt spent over 30 years as an Ohio high school teacher/coach at Crestwood and Caldwell High Schools. Merritt experienced great success at the high school level with over 400 career wins, numerous coach of the the year selections and has been inducted the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association and the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Halls of Fame. Additionally, Merritt developed over 50 players that went on to play collegiately and had one player selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
Merritt played baseball and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Miami (OH) University, and received his Master's Degree from Xavier University. He currently resides in Mantua with his wife Karen. The couple have two grown children Brett and Brittany.