May 2, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. – The staff for the inaugural 2018 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was revealed by USA Baseball on Wednesday and Georgia Tech volunteer coach Eric Patterson will serve on the first-time staff.
Patterson will assist the Stripes team as a position coach.
An alumnus of the 2002 and 2003 Collegiate National Team’s, Patterson is making his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2018. Currently in his first year as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Patterson played for the Yellow Jackets from 2002-04 before being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut August 6, 2007, for the Cubs and also played for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres until 2011.
Three-time USA Baseball national team coach and seven-time NTDP field coordinator, Eric Kibler, has been selected to serve as the 16U event’s first-ever field coordinator.
Dayton University Head Coach, Jayson King, will join Kibler on staff as the manager of the Stripes team, while Bill Mosiello, who is currently the associate head coach at Texas Christian University, will manage the Stars team.
Coaches and evaluators will assess 36 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches and professional scouts.
USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 16U NTDP participants in 2018. The players will be selected from the 2017 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2018 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.
The USA Baseball National Team Development Program offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force.
The 2018 16U NTDP will take place August 4-7 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.