BOILING SPRINGS — The Gardner-Webb baseball program has bolstered its coaching staff with several key additions, as announced by GWU head coach Jim Chester.

Jake Marinelli joins the Runnin’ Bulldogs as the Volunteer Assistant Coach, while Ty Moore has been named the Director of Player Development and Evan McFarland has been named the Director of Events and Projects.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jake, Ty, and Evan to our family,” stated Chester. “All three possess the qualities to help our program develop a championship culture. Their playing and coaching experience with championship programs is invaluable and will be infectious with Gardner-Webb Baseball.”

Marinelli comes to Gardner-Webb after spending the past three seasons as the head coach at Mercyhurst North East in North East, Pa. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach

He also spent this summer as the head coach of the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plain League, where he coached a trio of Runnin’ Bulldogs in Kyle Ruehlman, Bo Rusher, and Joe Simone.

Marinelli graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2015 after finishing a four-year career as catcher for the Lakers, batting .260 with two home runs and 11 RBI in his senior season and also earned 2014 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove honors following his junior campaign.

Moore arrives in Boiling Springs after spending the previous year as a player development coach with the Baltimore Orioles organization, providing on-field coaching of hitters and outfielders, while also analyzing statistical data to help create innovative practice and game plans. He also was an assistant coach at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. for the 2019 season.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Moore played three seasons in the minor leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, earning NYP Mid-Season All-Star honors in 2015 with the West Virginia Black Bears and 2017 SAL Mid-Season All-Star honors with the West Virginia Power.

Moore was drafted by the Pirates in the 12th round of the 2015 MLB Draft following a stellar junior season as an outfielder at UCLA, where he earned first team All-Pac 12 honors by leading the Bruins with a .342 batting average and 51 RBI.

McFarland joins the GWU staff after spending the 2020 season as a graduate assistant coach at Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va., helping the Pioneers get off to a 10-6 start before the season was halted.

Prior to Glenville State, McFarland spent the 2018 season as the official rehab bullpen catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers organization, as well as serving a role with USA Baseball.

McFarland wrapped up his collegiate career in 2017 at Lock Haven University, where he was a two-year captain and led the Bald Eagles to a single-season record 32 victories while batting .295 and earning Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Both Moore and McFarland join Parker Lynn, the Director of Baseball Operations, as co-head coaches of the newly formed developmental program.

They join Anthony Marks, who was promoted to assistant coach following the conclusion of the 2020 season, and Conner Scarborough returns for his fifth season as the team’s pitching coach.

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