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Coach Pait is entering his forth season at the helm of the Buccaneer baseball team and 20th overall at the collegiate ranks. In Coach Pait’s third season at CVCC he led the 2012 CVCC Baseball team to a record setting season with 40 wins and only 16 losses. The Bucs won the regular season 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.
The 2011 squad finished with an overall record of 38 wins/15 losses and placed second in the regular season. The Bucs were ranked as high as 3rd in the country, finishing at 17th in the final poll. In 2010, Pait led a first year squad to a 31-20 record and and a birth in the Region 10 Regional Tournament in Martinsville, VA. During their inaugural campaign, CVCC was also ranked as high as 14th in the NJCAA DII national poll.
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 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 (16) and Baylor (12)
Coach Daniel Coffey is in his first 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.