College recruiting is difficult, and college baseball recruiting is bonkers. A school has to:
> Out-recruit other schools;
> Hope that a commitment does not receive a too-good-to-pass-up offer from the major leagues;
> Find a player who is willing to pay up to 75 percent of his own tuition/expenses to play. (A Division I school must spread the equivalent of 11.7 scholarships over 27 players, with 25 percent of a scholarship as the minimum per player.)
> A player must meet NCAA eligibility requirements a full semester before the season (in other words, no mid-season additions).
All of which means that assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Rusty McNamara’s departure is a huge loss to the UH baseball program. McNamara’s wife has accepted a job in Italy. While McNamara said he will miss working with coach Mike Trapasso, the staff and the players, his family welcomes the opportunity to live three years in Italy.
McNamara, who has spent the past 7 1/2 years with the ‘Bows, has been instrumental in building what is expected to be a competitive team this coming season. The ‘Bows also have 10 recruits signed for the 2019 season.
“Coach Trap is amazing to work for,” McNamara said. “He runs a great, clean program. I was happy to be a part of it. … I expect nothing but great things from these guys.”