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The Word on the Herd-March 11, 2014
Herd Baseball assistant coach Tim Donnelly shares a remarkable and heartwarming story.
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Tim Donnelly worked as an assistant coach at Marshall for his first six seasons before being named the program's Head Recruiting Coordinator during the fall of 2012. Now in his ninth season, Donnelly continues to serve as an assistant coach, working primarily with the infielders while coaching third base.
Donnelly has played a vital role in player development at Marshall and has prepared numerous infielders for the next level. Notable players include Emmanuel Burriss, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (33rd overall) of the 2006 amateur draft, Drew Saylor, a 13th round draft pick by the Florida Marlins, Andrew Davis, 12th round pick to the Giants, and Kenny Socorro, 44th round pick by the Chicago Cubs.
Prior to coming to Marshall, Donnelly spent a year at Kent State as an assistant coach and helped lead the Golden Flashes to the Mid-American Conference Regular-Season championship. During that year Donnelly was responsible for the infielders, assisted in hitting, and was the first base coach. He also handled field maintenance and camp duties.
In 2005, he was an assistant coach at Malone College for head coach Tom Crank, where he handled the infielders, hitting and recruiting. He also served as an assistant coach with the Stark County Terriers summer league baseball team (Great Lakes Summer League) in 2005 and helped lead the team to a league title. He has experience working baseball camps at Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Kent State, Malone College and Northeast Texas Community College, where he worked primarily with outfielders and assisted in recruiting during the 2002 season.
His father, Rich Donnelly, has been a Major League Coach for over 25 years and is currently in his first season as the third base coach for the Seattle Mariners.Rich also worked with various MLB teams including the Texas Rangers (1980, 83-85), Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-1996), Florida Marlins (1997-1998), Colorado Rockies (1999-2002), Milwaukee Brewers (2003-2005), and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-2007). From 2008 until 2010, Rich served as a Player Development Advisor for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Donnelly's two brothers both played collegiate sports. Bubba Donnelly played four years of basketball at Robert Morris College, while his brother Mike was a four-year kicker on the Cumberland College football team.
Donnelly earned a bachelor's degree in sports fitness and leisure studies in 2004 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. There he lettered two seasons on the baseball team under head coach Steve Coleman. He received his associate's degree in arts and science from Northeast Texas Community College in 2001, and lettered in baseball two seasons for head coach Chad Tidwell.