Scott Stricklin rejoined the Georgia Tech baseball staff in July, 2001, as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Stricklin, who was a volunteer coach at Tech in 1998 and 1999, returned to the Yellow Jackets' coaching staff after spending two years as pitching coach at Vanderbilt.
In his current role at Georgia Tech, Stricklin is responsible for the Yellow Jackets' hitters while working with the catchers and serving as the team's first base coach.
Stricklin's first year back at Tech was extremely successful as the Yellow Jackets won a school-record 52 games and advanced to the College World Series. Under Stricklin's direction, Tech's hitters enjoyed an highly productive season in 2002. The Yellow Jackets hit .330 as a team, including six regulars who batted .340 or higher, and averaged more than eight runs per game. Georgia Tech was the top hitting team in the 2002 College World Series with a .392 team batting average.
Four players hit 10 or more home runs in 2002, a first at Tech since the NCAA adopted the current bat rules in 1999, including Jeremy Slayden who hit a Tech freshman-record 18 home runs. Victor Menocal established a new school record with a 30-game hitting streak.
The Yellow Jackets were equally proficient on the basepaths, stealing an ACC-high 130 bases during the season, the highest total at Tech in 18 years.
In 2003, Stricklin helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship by sweeping North Carolina, Florida State and NC State on the final day of the tournament in the first triple-header in ACC history. Tech averaged nearly eight runs per game, and the Yellow Jackets topped 100 stolen bases for the second consecutive season.
Stricklin's defensive work with Tech's catchers has paid off as the Yellow Jackets have allowed just 86 stolen bases in 130 games over the last two seasons. Tech's catchers have thrown out nearly 35% of all attempted base stealers.
In his role as Tech's recruiting coordinator, Strick-lin spearheaded a recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the nation by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2002. That recruiting class included a pair of second round draft picks in Micah Owings and Tyler Greene, the highest drafted players ever to enroll at Georgia Tech, in addition to the highly regarded Jason Neighborgall. Tech's 2003 recruiting class is again ranked among the best in the nation.
As the recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, Stricklin, 32, attracted a nationally-ranked recruiting class in his final year with the Commodores that was ranked seventh in the nation by Baseball America magazine.
"In his two years at Vanderbilt, Scott demonstrated that he is an excellent recruiter, and he has certainly continued that at Georgia Tech," said Tech head coach Danny Hall. "At Vanderbilt, was responsible for the pitchers and worked with the hitters, and he did a fantastic job with our catchers in his two previous years at Georgia Tech. He played for me at Kent State, and was the starting catcher on two conference championships teams before advancing as high as AAA in pro baseball."
While at Georgia Tech during the 1998 and 1999 seasons, Stricklin worked with the catchers and hitters as well as handling duties as first base coach.
A class-A all-star in 1994, Stricklin played five seasons of minor league baseball, retiring in the spring of 1998 after a major league spring training stint with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Following his selection by Minnesota in the 23rd round of the June 1993 draft, he played the 1994 and 1995 seasons in the Twins organization, reaching the triple-A level. He signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves in 1996, playing double-A ball at Greenville, and then with the Tampa Bay organization in 1997.
Stricklin lettered three seasons as a catcher at Kent State University for Hall. He earned All-Mid-American Conference honors in 1992 and 1993 and was tabbed to the 1993 NCAA South II Regional All-Tournament team. In those two seasons, he handled pitching staffs ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in earned run average.
Stricklin graduated magna cum laude from Kent in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. Stricklin and his wife Cheri reside in Atlanta with their daughter Sydney, who was born on May 22, 2002.