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Baseball Adds Former Player to Coaching Staff

Meyer pitching during his junior year at BC.

Meyer pitching during his junior year at BC.

Sept. 10, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team will add an assistant coach to its ranks as former player Matt Meyer joins the staff as a student assistant for the 2013-14 season. Meyer, who donned the Maroon and Gold from 2004-06, is returning to the Heights to complete his undergraduate degree.

"Matt is a kid who loves BC, loves the program and takes a lot of pride in both," head coach Mike Gambino said. "He was a great worker as a student and a player and his success on the mound, as well as the fact that he is coming back to finish his degree, proves both of those things. He has a wealth of knowledge that our boys can tap into because of how much experience he's had both where they are now and where they want to go. And he's a great role model for all our kids in showing how important his degree is. On top of that he knows what Birdball means and the character, toughness and class that comes along with it."

Meyer will assist pitching coach Scott Friedholm with the pitchers and have general coaching duties.

"It's important to come back to school because getting my degree means finishing what I started here in 2004," Meyer said. "Baseball has provided many great opportunities for me, but the sport can only carry me so far and furthering my education will hopefully provide new and different opportunities to pursue. I am looking forward to watching the young BC baseball team progress and make strides on and off the field, and I hope I can provide some insight to whatever questions the players have."

The Rochester, Minn., native was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 15th round (No. 461 overall) of the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft. In his first minor league season, he went 2-2 with a 1.98 ERA and struck out 31 in the New York-Penn League. He put together one of his best seasons in 2011, working his way from rookie ball to triple-A with the Salt Lake City Bees, the affiliate of the LA Angels of Anaheim. Over the course of the summer, he recorded a 2.29 ERA with 59 strikeouts. In his final season - 2012 - he went 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA over 41.2 innings for the Bees, striking out 38.

While at Boston College, Meyer compiled a 4.38 ERA while recording 83 strikeouts. As a junior, he led the Eagles in appearances with 28, making four starts, registering a 2-2 record. He recorded one save and allowed just 12 extra-base hits - 10 were doubles - out of 50 allowed. In his second year at the Heights, he made six appearances including four starts, finished the season with a 2-1 record and allowed only four extra-base hits - all doubles - in 22.0 innings. As a freshman, Meyer appeared in six games, hurling 8.2 innings. He made his collegiate debut against La Salle on March 2, 2004, striking out all three batters he faced.

"Birdball to me is an attitude to live by and to also carry onto the field with you," Meyer said. "To me, it means to be a hard-nosed, blue-collar competitor who doesn't let anything affect the way you go about your business. Pete Frates is the definition of a true Birdballer."

Meyer is finishing his bachelor's degree in sociology. He and his wife, Lindsay, are currently living in Norton, Mass.

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