Arkansas-Pine Bluff Finds First Pitcher From Utah For 2013 Season
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, a Division I baseball program in southeastern Arkansas, found itself needing one more quality arm for its 2013 roster. Marc MacMillan, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Golden Lions, turned to FieldLevel to look for a pitcher outside their region. Filtering his search by state, Coach MacMillan started looking at uncommitted pitchers in Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Nevada. Coach MacMillan said:
“In the past, we’ve signed a couple of players from Colorado, but it required scouting and recruiting trips across the country. Most of our athletes come from the south and the midwest, so I decided to explore outside of those regions to see if there was any available talent to fit our specific need”
Coach MacMillan came across Jaron Gold, a sophomore pitcher from Utah enrolled at Miles Community College in Montana. After looking at Jaron’s profile, watching his highlight video, and reading his assessment from Miles head coach Jeff Brabant, Coach MacMillan called Coach Brabant personally to ask about his player. Coach MacMillan said:
“I had never heard of Miles Community College and never would have recruited Jaron without FieldLevel. I liked Jaron’s profile so I called and found out Jaron had other offers. Immediately, I liked how respectful, mature, and intelligent Jaron was. I knew that the info I received from FieldLevel was spot on and the assessment I got from Coach Brabant was right on the money”
As it turned out, Jaron had completed his mission with the Mormon church in the Pine Bluff area of Arkansas and had hoped he could continue his career out there. Coach MacMillan couldn’t believe how fortunate their program was to find such a great student-athlete:
“Jaron has already been a stud for us since arriving here. He’s top five in our strength and conditioning work. If he continues to progress and perform the way he has so far, he’s going to be a pitcher we rely on this season. Without FieldLevel, we would have never found a guy like this”
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