THE FLATS – Georgia Tech baseball announced today the addition of Georgia Tech Hall of Famer Deck McGuire and Jason Richman to its coaching staff ahead of the 2024 season. The Yellow Jackets also announced the elevation of Zeke Pinkham to assistant coach.
McGuire joins the Jackets as an undergraduate assistant coach as he returns to The Flats to complete his Georgia Tech degree, while Richman joins as director of pitching, overseeing analytics and sports science.
“I’m excited about the coaching staff that we’ve put together this year,” head coach Danny Hall said. “It’s a staff full of experience, energy and knowledge that will be great to work with day to day and will be a terrific benefit to our players.”
Pinkham has served as Georgia Tech’s volunteer assistant coach since 2020, working primarily with catchers, as well as helping coach offense and base-running. Pinkham was instrumental in the tutelage of freshman all-American and unanimous first-team all-American Kevin Parada, who became Georgia Tech’s 16th first-round MLB Draft pick when he was selected 11th overall by the New York Mets in 2022.
An Elizabethtown, Ky. native, he arrived on The Flats after a year as the graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Louisville. Prior to coaching, Pinkham was a three-year starting catcher with the Cardinals and appeared in two College World Series (2017, 2019).
One of the top pitchers in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the late 2000s, McGuire was named the conference’s top pitcher in 2009 while at Georgia Tech, becoming a first-team all-American as well. A two-time first-team all-ACC selection (2009-10), he also earned third-team honors in 2010. The Richmond, Va. native was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year in 2009 after going 11-2 in 16 starts for a 3.50 ERA, striking out 118 batters and walking just 41. Overall, McGuire finished his career on The Flats with a 28-7 record in 49 appearances and 5 starts, acquiring a career ERA of 3.28 over 291.0 innings.
The 2009 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and National Pitcher of the Year finalist was selected 11th overall in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched in 48 games over two major league seasons (2017-18) with Cincinnati, Toronto and the Los Angeles Angels and also played in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2019. He was enshrined in the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.
Richman joins the Yellow Jackets after a three-year stint as the pitching coach at USC Aiken. He helped the Pacers to an 11-year improvement in 2022, reaching the PBC Tournament semifinals after a 20-10 conference season. He tutored multiple all-conference and all-region selections. Prior to USC Aiken, Richman was the player development coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern for three seasons. As a player in Statesboro, Richman was tabbed the 2014 Southern Conference Most Outstanding Player and was the Tom Walter/Pete Frates College Baseball Inspiration Award Winner.
He was drafted in the 18th round of the 2015 MLB Draft to the Texas Rangers, working his way to Triple A with the Rangers and Dodgers.
2023-24 Baseball Staff (with bio links)
- Danny Hall – head coach (31st season)
- James Ramsey – associate head coach (sixth season)
- Matt Taylor – pitching coach (first season)
- Zeke Pinkham – assistant coach (fourth season)
- Jason Richman – director of pitching (first season)
- Deck McGuire – undergraduate assistant coach (first season)
- Matt Wieters – undergraduate assistant coach (second season)
- Tyler Gibson – director of operations (second season)
- Steve Tamborra – player development coach (24th season)
- Paul Wolkoff – assistant director of sports medicine/baseball (15th season)
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