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Baseball Adds Trufant, Houser to Coaching Staff

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State has added Jason Trufant and Shawn Houser to its baseball coaching staff, Head Coach Chris McKnight announced last week.

Trufant, who served as a graduate assistant pitching coach for the Bobcats from 2000 to 2003, returns to Frostburg after serving as the head baseball coach at SUNY Cobleskill last season.

He replaces Eric Hallenbeck, who left FSU after eight years to become the head baseball coach at Garrett Community College.

"It’s exciting to have the opportunity to return to Frostburg State and the Bobcat baseball program," said Trufant. "I’m looking forward to working with Coach McKnight again and helping FSU defend the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship."

"Jason will be an asset to our program again," McKnight said. "He knows the system and understands our goals. It was an easy choice to make when Eric left; I knew right away who I was calling to join our staff."

During Trufant’s first stint at FSU, the Bobcats posted an impressive 77-41-1 overall record over three years. In his first season, the Red & Black finished 26-15 and earned a berth in the 2001 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament. FSU then went 20-14 in 2002 and was 31-12-1 in 2003.

The Bobcat pitching staff showed vast improvement under Trufant's tutelage, lowering its earned run average each season. FSU's hurlers ranked 29th in the nation with a 4.01 ERA in 2003.

Trufant also served as the pitching coach for the Albany Athletics of the Albany Twilight League during the summers of 2000-2002. The A’s won league titles all three years and posted a combined 105-35 mark during that span.

This past summer, Trufant was an assistant coach for the North Adams Steeplecats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The ‘Cats finished 24-18 and boasted a 3.40 team ERA.

A four-year starter for the University at Albany, Trufant twice earned All-New England Collegiate Conference honors and helped lead the Great Danes to a pair of ECAC Tournament appearances.

He pitched both games of the ECAC Championships, ironically against Dowling College, McKnight's former team.

Trufant established Albany records for career strikeouts, career innings pitched and most wins in a season. Trufant continued his playing career at the professional level for the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs of the Northern League during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

Trufant earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Albany in 2000 and completed his master's degree in human performance from Frostburg State in 2003.

Houser joins the Bobcats as a volunteer assistant coach and will work with the catchers. Houser played four years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in fitness and sports studies.

Houser is pursuing his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in sports management at Frostburg State.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780