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Baseball announces 2020 staff

Eastern Illinois head baseball coach Jason Anderson has announced new names on his coaching staff for the upcoming season.

The Panthers 2019-20 coaching staff will include Ryan Cooper, Tim Brown, Kyle Floyd and Derek Francis.

Cooper was the volunteer assistant coach last season and was hired as a full-time staff member in late July. Cooper will work with the Panthers hitters after helping the team hit .296 last season, which ranked 26th in the NCAA. Prior to joining the EIU staff as a volunteer, Cooper worked on the staff at Maple Woods CC and as a head coach in the Mid Plains Summer League.

Brown will serve as the pitching coach for the Panthers after spending the last three seasons as the pitching coach at South Carolina Upstate. While at USC Upstate, Brown coached Blake Whitney, a 24th round selection by the Chicago Cubs. Brown began his college coaching career in 2004 at Siena College and has had stops at Coppin State, Mount Saint Mary’s, George Washington and Lincoln Memorial. During his tenure Brown has had eight pitchers selected in the MLB Draft, with another four signing professional contracts.

Floyd, a Windsor, Ill. native, will help coach the Panthers catchers. Flood was a two-time All-National Trail Conference selection in high school before playing at Kaskaskia College and Lincoln Memorial College. Flood coached one year as a graduate assistant at Lincoln Memorial before several years as a volunteer coach at South Carolina Upstate.

Francis will serve as the Panthers Director of Baseball Operations. He has worked as a coach in both the Northwoods League and Mid Plains League for summer baseball and was on the coaching staff at Emporia State when the team advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional.

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Murray State is OVC women's soccer favorite

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Murray State has been picked to win the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference women's soccer title as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The Racers, who won their third straight tournament crown, received 18 of 22 first-place votes and 198 points.

UT Martin, who won its fifth regular-season title last year, earned three-first place votes and 174 points for a second-place finish while Eastern Kentucky picked up the remaining first-place vote and 147 points for a third-place predicted finish.

SIUE earned 134 points to be picked to finish fourth. Rounding out the poll are Eastern Illinois (106), Belmont (102), Southeast Missouri (95), Tennessee Tech (92), Morehead State (64), Austin Peay (59) and Jacksonville State (39).

Murray State went 7-3 in the OVC while going 13-5-1 overall to place second in the league. The Racers defeated UT Martin in the championship match to win their third straight tournament crown last season.

The 2019 season gets underway on Aug. 23 with conference play beginning Sept. 20. The 2019 OVC Soccer Championship begins on Nov. 1 and 3.

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