Baseball Staff

Head Coach, Frank Pait

Head Coach – Frank Pait

Coach Pait is entering his fifth season at the helm of the Buccaneer baseball team and 21st overall in the collegiate ranks. In Coach Pait’s third season at CVCC he led the the 2013 squad to a 38-15 record and a second straight Carolinas-Virginia Conference championship. Player Ryan Smith was named an NJCAA 3rd team All-American.

The 2012 CVCC Baseball team had a record setting season with 40 wins and only 16 losses. The Bucs won the Carolinas-Virginia Conference championship and went on to win the Region X Regional tournament to advance to the Junior College D-2 World Series in Enid,Oklahoma where they finished 5th in the nation. Coach Pait also had player Danny Fraga named as a 2nd team All -American and placed 5 Bucs on the All Region Team.

Pait came to CVCC after an eleven year stint as the head baseball coach of Lenoir Rhyne University. As the all time winningest coach in program history, Pait compiled a 291-239-1 (.549) record as Bear mentor to go along with one South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Title (2001), two Food Lion SAC Tournament Championships (2000 and 2001) and one berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs (2001). Pait also earned 2001 SAC Coach-Of-The-Year honors after the team completed the year with a 33-18 mark.  Prior to his time in Hickory, Pait spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Wingate University.

During his playing career at Wingate, Pait was named an NAIA First Team All-American and Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Coach Pait was named to the Wingate Hall of Fame in the fall of 2013 Coach Pait earned his B.S. in Human Services from Wingate University (’85) and a M.A. in Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne (’90).

Coach Pait resides in Hickory with his wife (Sheila) and two sons Tyler (17) and Baylor (14)

Assistant Coach – Daniel Coffey

Coach Daniel Coffey is in his second season with the Catawba Valley Bucs Baseball team.  Coach Coffey comes to Catawba Valley after completing his collegiate career at Mount Olive College where he played from 2010-2012.  He played one year of baseball at Louisburg College in 2009.

At Mount Olive, Coach Coffey helped lead the team to three straight appearances in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals.  In 2011 his team won the Southeast Region and finished 3rd in the NCAA Division II World Series.  Coffey was elected to the World Series All-Tournament Team in 2011.

Before attending college Coach Coffey played for South Caldwell High School.  During his junior year the team finished North Carolina 4A State Runner-up and for his senior year the team claimed the North Carolina 4A State Championship.

Coach Coffey received an AA in General Education at Louisburg College.  At Mount Olive College he earned a BS in Exercise Sports Science and a BS in Sports Management.

Assistant Coach – Paul Rozzelle

Coach Paul Rozzelle is in his first season with the Catawba Valley Bucs Baseball team as the Recruiting Coordinator and Catching Instructor. Coach Rozzelle comes to Catawba Valley after serving as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Bandys High School in 2012. He also served as an assistant football, basketball, and baseball coach while at Bandys. The football team reached the 3rd round of the state playoffs. The basketball team won more games in his season than in the previous 3 years. The baseball team won the conference regular season and tournament championships advancing to the 2nd round of the state playoffs.

Prior to Bandys, Coach Rozzelle was an assistant baseball coach for the Bucs in their inaugural season in 2009 and handled the Strength and Conditioning responsibilities for the Bucs position players for the 2011 season and eventual 2012 Regional and District championship team. During this time, Coach Rozzelle owned a Strength and Conditioning facility in Hickory where he trained numerous Collegiate All-Americans and professional athletes.

In 2012, Coach Rozzelle was able to be a part of writing a book with Strength and Speed Coaches around the country titled, The Definitive Guide to Youth Athletic Strength, Conditioning and Performance. Upon its release, the book reached best-seller status in two Amazon.com Exercise and Fitness categories – reaching #1 in both the “Injury Prevention” and “For Children” categories.

Coach Rozzelle also works as a Graduate Assistant to the Athletic Director at Catawba Valley and is currently working on his Masters in Athletic Administration from Coker College. He received his Bachelors in Healthcare Management from Appalachian State where he played for the Mountaineer Baseball Club. He holds certifications in Strength and Conditioning, Youth Fitness, and is a Level II Speed and Agility Specialist.

Assistant Coach – Jeremy Yoder

Coach Yoder returns to the Bucs as the Pitching Coach for the 2014 campaign. He served as the Pitching Coach for the Bucs during the 2011 year which saw the team finished 3rd in Region X and were in the top 10 national ranking throughout the season.

Prior to CVCC, Coach Yoder served as the Recruiting Coordinator and Pitching Coach at Vincennes University in Indiana in 2010 where his team was NJCAA Region XII Tournament Champions and participated in the NJCAA D-II College World Series. Coach Yoder also coached the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League in 2009 and had 4 players named to the Coastal Plains All-Star team. In 2009, Coach Yoder coached at Northwestern Oklahoma State University which saw his team experience an 18 win turnaround from the previous year.

Coach Yoder received a baseball scholarship to Appalachian State out of High School before transferring to Surry Community College in 2005 where he helped Surry to a 2nd place finish in the Region. Upon graduation from Surry in 2006, Coach Yoder then attended Carson Newman to continue his playing career as he finished his Bachelor’s Degree. In 2007, Coach Yoder helped Carson Newman win the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship. During his playing career, Coach Yoder compiled a 14-6 record primarily as a reliever.

Coach Yoder graduated from East Burke High School where he earned All-Conference honors and participated in the North Carolina State Games for Region 7.

Coach Yoder resides in Valdese, NC with his fiancée Lauren Peek of Lenoir, NC.