Mark Crocco is in his first season at Erskine College. Crocco comes to Erskine from Presbyterian College, where he served as Assistant Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Prior to the 2017 season Crocco was named the top recruiter in the Big South Conference by D1Baseball.com. During that season, the Blue Hose broke their record for wins again with 32 and made it to the championship game of the Big South Championship. The 2017 team also broke their record from the previous season with 323 runs scored.
Before joining the coaching staff at Presbyterian, Crocco served two seasons as an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy. He worked with the Falcons hitters and helped the Air Force to their most wins since 2002.
Tristan Toorie was named assistant baseball coach for the Erskine College baseball program in July of 2018.
Last season Toorie served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Alcorn State. In his year at Alcorn, the Braves improved in every offensive statistical category and made it to the third round of the 2018 SWAC Baseball Championship Tournament. Toorie worked with hitters, infielders, and the defense. The Braves had one All-Conference nod and a pair of Player of the Week recipients.
Prior to Alcorn State, Toorie served as the defensive coordinator and coached the outfielders and hitters at Eastern Kentucky University. He also assisted with the team's recruiting efforts.
Through six years, Toorie coached 30 student-athletes that went on to continue their career in professional baseball, to include one major-leaguer.
In his first season at EKU, Toorie's efforts helped the program accomplish two things that had never been done before in program history. For the first time, EKU swept three-game series against non-conference opponents on back-to-back weekends. EKU also won three non-conference, three-game weekend series for the first time in program history.
Prior to EKU, Toorie worked at Presbyterian College where he coached the hitters and catchers, oversaw base running and coached first base. During his time at PC, Toorie helped turn a team that batted .246 with 11 home runs in 2014 into a team that hit .290 with 25 home runs in 2015. He also helped the team set a new program record with 27 wins. Toorie tutored PC's first, first team all-conference catcher in school history.
Toorie, a graduate of Augusta State University where he played first base, has been coaching since 2013 starting off with the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League. With the Rox he worked as a first base coach, strength & conditioning coach, third base coach and hitting instructor.
Caulin Cragle joins the Flying Fleet after spending last season as the Pitching Coach at Ecclesia College, in Springdale, AR, where he was responsible for total pitcher development, implementation and management of pitcher training and performance programs, strength and conditioning oversight, throwing mechanics, game management, battery development generally, scouting reports, and pitcher recruiting.
The 2017-2018 Royals achieved a program best 33-16 regular season record, with two NCCAA All-American, five NCCAA All-Central Region, six All-Arkansas, and twelve All-Conference players, including Conference Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year honors. The Ecclesia pitching staff boasted a regular season 4.04 ERA (improving nearly half a point from the 2017 season), resulting in NCCAA top 5 national rankings in ERA, doubles allowed, triples allowed, stolen bases allowed, and shutouts, with a .262BAA, 3.2BB/9, 7.5K/9. Pitchers-only ERA dropped from 4.66 (2017) to 3.64 (2018). Returning pitchers only from 2017 to 2018 ERA dropped from 4.49 to 3.42. Mason Alexander, the No. #1 pitcher, ERA decreased from 2.89 (2017) to 2.08 (2018), earning him National NCCAA All-American, NCCAA All-Central Region, All-Arkansas and 1st Team All-Conference honors. Madison Bates, the No. #2 pitcher, ERA decreased from 3.47 (2017) to 2.31 (2018), earning him All-Arkansas and All-Conference honors.
Prior to being named the pitching coach at Ecclesia College, Coach Cragle served as the pitching coach of the Windy Hill Whales of the Beach Collegiate Baseball League (BCBL) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Under Coach Cragle’s direction, the pitching staff earned a 2017 Division Championship and League Runner-Up, losing in the League Championship Game, 1-0. He also had the League Cy Young winner selected from his pitching staff.
As a collegian, Cragle completed two seasons as an NCAA Division 1 pitcher in the highly-rated program at Dallas Baptist University, under renowned head coach Dan Heefner and pitching coach Wes Johnson (now University of Arkansas pitching coach). After his sophomore year at Dallas Baptist University, Cragle transferred to NAIA Central Baptist College, where he was a frontline starting pitcher and lead his team to two National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series Appearances.
Coach Cragle comes to Erskine with significant professional training, mentored by and worked with renowned pitching guru Ron Wolfworth, who he earlier trained with as a player, at The Baseball Ranch in Montgomery, Texas. Under Wolfworth’s guidance, Coach Cragle developed expertise in addressing pitcher strength, conditioning, arm care, velocity training, command training, as well as pitching and coaching philosophy.
Coach Cragle holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology – Exercise Science from Central Baptist College, is TPI Level I certified by Titleist Performance Institute, and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Ryan Cliff joins the Flying Fleet after serving as an assistant at Union College, in Barbourville Kentucky. Cliff was responsible for managing the JV team and leading the program that played a full fall and spring schedule. In addition, Cliff worked with the Varsity pitching staff and in his one (1) year at Union the pitching staff improved in four categories.
Prior to coaching at Union College, Cliff served as the pitching coach for the University of Rio Grande. In his two seasons at Rio Grande the Red storm won 73 games, a KIAC Conference Championship in 2016, and played in, the NAIA opening round for the second straight year. The Red storm pitching staff improved in six categories in Cliff’s first year and ended in the top 10 in the nation in ERA at the NAIA level in 2017. Cliff also spent time coaching in the Great Lakes League for the Lorain County Ironmen.
Cliff played for Limestone College for four years as a left-handed pitcher, who worked himself into a weekend starter role as a red shirt freshman. He was also a two-time Academic All-Conference player with the Saints. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Limestone College, and earned a Master of Education in Athletic Leadership and Coaching from the University of Rio Grande.