ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville Athletics Department will host a Meet & Greet with new Bulldog head baseball coach Scott Friedholm at Wild Wing Café on 161 Biltmore Ave on Monday, July 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
All Bulldog fans and friends are invited to attend the event and get a chance to meet Coach Friedholm. Addition parking for Wild Wing Café is located on Church Street.
Friedholm was tapped as UNC Asheville’s ninth head baseball coach last month. Friedholm had served as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach for Boston College the past four years. He helped the Eagle program improve from 12 to 22 wins this past season as BC went 9-7 in the second half of the year. Highlights of that stretch was sweeping a three-game series with Super Regional finalist Maryland plus winning a series at 2013 College World Series club, N.C. State.
Prior to coaching at BC, he had the same role at Navy. Friedholm guided the pitching staff to the highest five-year win (149), strikeout (1,757) and save (59) totals among any other five-year stretch in program history. He developed the first two pitchers to ever be drafted out of Navy while also mentoring 12 all-conference selections, three freshman All-Americans and one All-American. The Midshipmen won 30 games in four of the five years he was at Navy. The program had done that just three times in the previous 110 seasons.
Prior to arriving in Annapolis, Friedholm spent four seasons in the same capacity at Maine, producing a pair of MLB draft picks and guiding the Black Bears to two NCAA Tournament appearances. Friedholm also served as the pitching coach for two seasons at Bryant, where the Bulldogs set school records in both overall and Northeast-10 Conference wins in consecutive years.
Friedholm played four seasons at Providence from 1995-98. As a freshman, he was part of the Friars squad that won 44 games and a program-record 16 Big East games that earned them a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Friedholm earned All-Big East and all-region honors in 1996 and then as a senior, he hit .395 with 13 homers and a school-record 66 RBI, earning All-America honors.
Friedholm signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay organization in June of 1998. He played for the St. Petersburg Devil Rays of the Class A Florida State League. In 1999, he attended the Rays' spring training camp.
Friedholm graduated from Providence in 1998 with a degree in history. He and his wife, Angie, have two sons, Camden and Cooper.