Entering his second season, Scott Friedholm became ninth head coach of UNC Asheville on June 17, 2014. Friedholm succeeded Tom Smith, who retired following the 2014 season.
In his first season with the Bulldogs, Friedholm led Asheville to a 21-34 overall record in a season that saw several individual superlatives in addition to the team’s record. Senior Tommy Houmard was named a First Team All-Big South Conference selection, while fellow senior Hunter Bryant was a Second Team selection. The pair, along with senior Nick Schavone, were each named Second Team All-State performers by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) as well.
Houmard also finished the season as one of the top 25 shortstops in the country and was on the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List for the entire season after being one of over 100 players on the initial preseason listing.
Friedholm came to Asheville from Boston College, where he spent four seasons as Recruiting Coordinator and Pitching Coach. He worked to make the 2014 the best season for the BC staff, registering an ERA of 4.27, a four-season low. The Eagles also tallied 352 strikeouts and a .261 opponent batting average over 489 innings.
He spent five years at the US Naval Academy in the same roles. 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. 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 years.
The two pitchers drafted from Navy, Mitch Harris (13th round – St. Louis Cardinals) and Oliver Drake (43rd round – Baltimore Orioles), both made their Major League debut in 2015.
Prior to arriving in Annapolis, Friedholm spent four seasons in the same capacity at the University of Maine, producing three MLB draft picks from his staff and also helping guide the Black Bears to two NCAA Tournament appearances. His staff at Maine ranked amongst the top 25 in the country in ERA two of his four seasons. 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 College from 1995-1998. As a freshman, he was part of the Friars squad that won 44 games and a program-record 16 Big East games that earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. He earned All-Big East and All-Region honors in 1996 and then as a senior, he hit .395 with 13 homeruns and school-record 66 RBI, earning All-American honors. He signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay organization in June 1998.
Friedholm graduated from Providence in 1998 with a B.A. in History. He and his wife, Angie, have two sons, Cooper (7) and Camden (4).
Scott Friedholm's Career
1995-1998 Providence College Player
1998-1999 Tampa Bay Rays Org Player
1999-2001 Bryant College Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach (1 Player Drafted)
2001-2005 University of Maine Recruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach (4 Players Drafted)
2005-2010 Naval Academy Recruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach (3 Players Drafted)
2010-2014 Boston College Recruiting Coordinator/Pitching Coach (10 Players Drafted)
2014-Present UNC Asheville Head Coach