The Eagles open on Friday at the Country Inn and Suites Elon Invitational
Scott Friedholm is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Boston College baseball team. He came to the Heights after spending five seasons as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Navy.
Friedholm serves as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach for the Eagles. In just one season, he worked to increase the productivity and effectiveness of the Eagles pitching staff. From 2011 to 2012, he lowered the team ERA 0.34, while BC pitchers struck out 55 more batters. Eagles' arms increased the save totals while the opposing batting average decreased. In 2013, he worked with a young staff, including seven new arms, to improve throughout the season. He lowered the ERA 3.17 from the first half of the season to second, as well as the opponent batting average by about 30 points.
Three BC pitchers have been drafted under Fiedholm's tutelage. After their final seasons at BC, John Leonard and Mike Dennhardt were taken on the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft in the 32nd round. In 2012, Matt Brazis, who spent two years with Friedholm and who is second all time in BC record books with 15 career saves, was drafted in the 28th round.
In the same role with the Midshipmen, Friedholm guided the pitching staff to the highest five-year win (149), strikeout (1,757) and save (59) totals among any other five-year stretch in program history. He developed the first two pitchers to ever be drafted out of Navy while also mentoring 12 all-conference selections, three freshman All-Americans and one All-American. The Midshipmen won 30 games in four of the five years he was at Navy. The program had done that just three times in the previous 110 seasons.
Two pitchers were also drafted under Friedholm, as Mitch Harris was chosen in the 24th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the second player in Navy history to be drafted, but chose to return for his senior season. He was then taken in the 13th round the following year, along with pitcher Oliver Drake (43rd round).
Prior to arriving in Annapolis, Friedholm spent four seasons in the same capacity at Maine, producing a pair of MLB draft picks and guiding the Black Bears to two NCAA Tournament appearances. Friedholm also served as the pitching coach for two seasons at Bryant, where the Bulldogs set school records in both overall and Northeast-10 Conference wins in consecutive years.
Friedholm played four seasons at Providence from 1995-98. As a freshman, he was part of the Friars squad that won 44 games and a program-record 16 Big East games that earned them a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Friedholm earned All-Big East and all-region honors in 1996 and then as a senior, he hit .395 with 13 homers and a school-record 66 RBI, earning All-America honors.
Friedholm signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay organization in June of 1998. He played for the St. Petersburg Devil Rays of the Class A Florida State League. In 1999, he attended the Rays' spring training camp.
Friedholm graduated from Providence in 1998 with a degree in history. He lives in Shrewsbury, Mass., with his wife, Angie, and two sons, Camden and Cooper.