Hall Named ACC Coach of the Year; Wieters Tabbed Top Rookie

May 23, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall was named the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and freshman catcher-pitcher Matt Wieters was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. Wieters, shortstop Tyler Greene, third baseman Wes Hodges and outfielder Steven Blackwood were selected to the first-team all-ACC squad, while pitcher Blake Wood, second baseman Mike Trapani and outfielders Jeremy Slayden and Jeff Kindel earned second-team all-ACC honors.

Hall, who led the Yellow Jackets to the ACC regular season championship with a 22-8 league record, earned ACC Coach of the Year honors for the third time in 12 years at Georgia Tech. The Tech skipper also earned the award in 1997 and 2000.

Wieters is the fifth player in Georgia Tech history to be named ACC Rookie of the Year, joining current Major League stars Jason Varitek (1991), Nomar Garciaparra (1992) and Mark Teixeira (1999). The rookie is batting .376 with nine home runs and 63 RBI and leads the Tech pitching staff with five saves while posting a 3.00 ERA.

Greene is the first Tech shortstop to earn first-team all-ACC honors since Garciaparra in 1994. The junior is batting .361 with 11 home runs and 63 RBI while going 28-for-29 in stolen base attempts.

Hodges, the first Tech third baseman to earn all-conference honors since Teixeira, leads the Yellow Jackets with a .419 batting average and 93 hits. Blackwood, a second-team all-ACC pick in 2004, is batting .351 with five homers and 61 RBI.

Wood leads the Tech pitching staff with a 9-1 record and a 3.32 ERA in 84 innings. Kindel, a former pitcher who had just six at bats prior to this season, is hitting .367 with five home runs and 56 RBI. Slayden hit .349 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI during the regular season. Trapani finished the year as the ACC’s leading hitter in conference play (.449).

The eight players selected to the all-ACC teams is a new school record, topping the previous high of seven in 1987.

Atlantic Coast Conference 2005 Baseball Awards
First Team

Name, School, Position
Aaron Bates, NC State, Catcher
Steven Blackwood, Georgia Tech, Outfield
Ryan Bruan, Miami, Third Base
Cesar Carrillo, Miami, Pitcher
Joey Devine, NC State, Pitcher
Tyler Greene, Georgia Tech, Shortstop
Taylor Harbin, Clemson, Second Base
Kris Harvey, Clemson, Utility
Bryan Henry, Florida State, Pitcher
Wes Hodges, Georgia Tech, Third Base
John Jay, Miami, Outfield
Jeff Kamrath, Virginia, Pitcher
Jake Muyco, NC State, Catcher
Shane Robinson, Florida State, Outfield
Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech, Utility
Robert WOodard, North Carolina, Pitcher

Second Team

Tyler Chambliss, Florida State, Pitcher
Aaron Cheesman, Florida State, Catcher
Ramon Carona, NC State, Second Base
Sean Doolittle, Virginia, Utility
Stephen Faris, Clemson, Pitcher
Paco Figueroa, Miami, Outfield
Chad Flack, North Carolina, First Base
Josh Horton, North Carolina, Shortstop
Jeff Kindel, Georgia Tech, Outfield
Kevin Lynch, Florida State, Pitcher
Ryne Malone, Florida State, First Base
Andrew Miller, North Carolina, Pitcher
Jeremy Slayden, Georgia Tech, Outfield
Mike Trapani, Georgia Tech, Second Base
J.B. Tucker, Wake Forest, Catcher
Blake Wood, Georgia Tech, Pitcher
Ryan Zimmerman, Virginia, Thrid Base

ACC Player of the Year – Ryan Braun, Miami
ACC Pitcher of the Year – Cesar Carrillo, Miami
ACC Rookie of the Year – Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech
ACC Coach of the Year – Danny Hall, Georgia Tech

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