2004 UCF graduate
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (UCF Knights) – Wealthy Wallace, an Orlando native and former UCF baseball participant and Knight assistant coach, brings 20 years of expertise as a Division I baseball coach with him in his return to Orlando as UCF’s seventh head baseball coach.
Wallace spent the 2023 season as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State. He beforehand coached at Notre Dame (2020-22), Jacksonville (2018-19), Creighton (2015-17), Excessive Level (2009-14) and UCF (2004-08).
Wallace helped groups at UCF in 2004, Jacksonville in 2018 and Notre Dame in 2021 and 2022 to NCAA Championship appearances.
A 2004 UCF graduate, Wallace turns into the primary alumnus to be named head coach of an NCAA-sponsored males’s sport at UCF since 1988. He performed 4 seasons of baseball for the Knights from 2000-03, serving to these groups attain the NCAA Championship in 2000, 2001 and 2002. As a freshman, he led UCF with a .380 batting common and .529 on-base proportion. He performed a key function as UCF received the ASUN common season in 2000-02 and the ASUN convention event in 2001 and 2002.
His mixed NCAA Championship expertise contains 3 times as a UCF participant and 4 instances as an assistant coach (two Tremendous Regional appearances and one School World Sequence berth).
“Wealthy Wallace will probably be an ideal match for UCF baseball,” says UCF vp and director of athletics Terry Mohajir. “As a participant and coach, he already has skilled UCF and performed on three UCF NCAA event groups. His expertise as a nationwide recruiter and with participant improvement is well-known. Specifically, his latest work at Notre Dame is noteworthy in producing consecutive groups advancing to the Tremendous Regional degree, a type of advancing to Omaha. I firmly imagine Wealthy has an amazing understanding of what it takes to construct a event staff and an Omaha roster.”
“To return again to UCF as the pinnacle baseball coach is totally a dream come true for myself and my household,” says Wallace. “I’m actually grateful to Terry Mohajir and (College president) Dr. Alex Cartwright for this chance. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Wallace spent the previous 4 seasons working with head coach Hyperlink Jarrett at Notre Dame (2020-22) and Florida State (2023). In South Bend he served as recruiting coordinator and third-base coach whereas additionally working with Irish hitters and catchers. He oversaw defensive alignments, managed opposing pitcher video scouting reviews, helped coordinate baserunning instruction and assisted with sport administration throughout his tenure in South Bend. His function in Tallahassee additionally featured the recruiting coordinator task.
Below Wallace’s steering, Notre Dame led the Atlantic Coast Convention and ranked within the prime 15 nationally in fielding proportion in each 2021 and 2022. Notre Dame threw out greater than 35 % of tried base stealers, whereas Irish runners completed within the prime 4 within the league in stolen bases every season.
In Wallace’s three years at Notre Dame the Irish had been 86-32 (.729), second-best profitable proportion within the nation over that span. Notre Dame’s 44-21 (.677) three-year ACC report was one of the best within the league, and the Irish received the convention’s regular-season title (their first ACC crown) by 4.5 video games in 2021. Notre Dame completed 41-17 in 2022 (most wins for the Irish since 2006) and set a single-season dwelling run report with 79.
Wallace helped information the Irish to back-to-back NCAA Tremendous Regionals (first time at Notre Dame) and the 2022 School World Sequence within the third journey to Omaha in program historical past. In 2021, first baseman Niko Kavadas grew to become a first-team All-American–Notre Dame’s first since 2002–and set the college report with 22 dwelling runs (second within the ACC and third within the nation).
At Notre Dame, Wallace coached two All-People, three All-ACC alternatives and 14 gamers had been named to the All-ACC Educational Group. All through his in depth profession, Wallace has produced 53 Main League Baseball draft alternatives and coached greater than 60 all-conference performers.
He spent the 2018-19 seasons again in his dwelling state because the affiliate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Jacksonville beneath head coach Chris Hayes. In 2018 Wallace and the Dolphins completed 40-21 and reached the NCAA Championship as a two seed, the best in program historical past. That season, the Dolphins led the ASUN in batting common, on-base proportion, runs scored and fielding proportion.
Wallace was the recruiting coordinator at Creighton (2015-17 beneath head coach Ed Servais) and Excessive Level (2009-14 beneath head coach Craig Cozart). He was named the Massive East Recruiter of the Yr by D1Baseball in 2016 at Creighton. At Excessive Level he helped herald consecutive nationally ranked recruiting courses for the primary time in class historical past.
Wallace started his teaching profession at UCF (2004-08 beneath head coach Jay Bergman), teaching the catchers and outfielders whereas coordinating the camps. UCF received the ASUN regular-season title in 2004 and reached the NCAA Championship.
He stays in UCF’s prime 10 in single-season on-base proportion (.529 in 2000) and profession hit by pitch (46). Wallace in 2000 was an honorable point out Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and a third-team All-ASUN choice as a delegated hitter. In his 4 seasons with the Knights, UCF received a mixed 166 video games (51-14 in 2001, 43-19 in 2000, 41-22 in 2002), together with a mixed 67-17 mark in ASUN play in 2000-02.
After his enjoying profession as a 6-1, 220-pound infielder with the Knights concluded, Wallace earned his diploma in 2004 from UCF’s School of Undergraduate Research with a serious in interdisciplinary research and a minor in legal justice (after graduating from Bishop Moore Excessive Faculty in Orlando). He and his spouse, Alex, have two daughters, Easton and Maxx.
Wallace takes over a UCF baseball program that has made 13 NCAA Championship appearances and produced 10 seasons when the Knights have received a convention regular-season crown, a convention event or each. UCF started competitors in baseball in 1973.
Wealthy Wallace as an NCAA Baseball Coach
2004 UCF (47-18 general, 24-16/ASUN regular-season champion, NCAA Championship)
2005 UCF (42-18 general 19-11/ASUN)
2008 UCF (31-27 general)
2009 Excessive Level
2010 Excessive Level (31-29 general)
2011 Excessive Level
2012 Excessive Level
2013 Excessive Level (4 MLB draftees)
2014 Excessive Level (33-22 general, fewest losses in program historical past)
2015 Creighton (32-19 general, 13-4/Massive East, Massive East Championship runner-up)
2016 Creighton (38-17 general, 13-5/Massive East regular-season runner-up, received 16 of 17 in Feb./March)
2017 Creighton (24-25 general, 11-4/Massive East regular-season champion)
2018 Jacksonville (40-21 general, 14-6/ASUN runner-up, NCAA Championship)
2019 Jacksonville (32-27)
2020 Notre Dame (11-2 in Covid-shortened season)
2021 Notre Dame (34-13 general, 25-10/ACC regular-season champion, NCAA Tremendous Regional)
2022 Notre Dame (41-17 general, 16-11/ACC Atlantic Division runner-up, NCAA School World Sequence)
2023 Florida State