HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Former minor leaguer and college standout, Ricky Meinhold has been hired as the Coker baseball team’s new assistant coach according to head coach Dave Schmotzer.

Meinhold will be charged with leading the Cobra pitching staff, a job he is familiar with as he comes to Coker from Lindenwood University where he was pitching coach for the Lions last season.

“We are excited to have Ricky joining our coaching staff,” said Schmotzer. “He brings a wealth of experience both on and off the field that will help take our pitchers to new heights.”

Prior to his time at Lindenwood, Meinhold served as the pitching coach at his alma mater Drury University for one season before pursuing a professional playing career. Meinhold played professionally in the Australian Winter League for the South Australia State Team and then spent a season in the Frontier League playing for the Windy City Thunderbolts and the Gateway Grizzles.

As a collegiate player at Drury, Meinhold was the first pitcher to play professional baseball in school history. He was also a Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Academic Team member and he holds the record for most consecutive innings without an earned run, 32.2.

Meinhold holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sport and Science from Drury and an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from West Valley College.

Meinhold will be charged with improving a Cobra pitching staff that had a staff ERA of 5.27 during the 2011 season, but he will have some assistance as eight pitchers are returning, including Second Team All-Conference selection Tyler Witzel (Melbourne, Fla.) and senior flamethrower Sean Tracy (Farmingville, N.Y.).