Staff
Head Coach
Chris Finwood

Chris Finwood completed his seventh season at the helm of the Old Dominion baseball program in 2018, the 2014 ABCA East Region Coach of the Year, has put the Monarch program back into the national spotlight. Since being at the helm of the Old Dominion baseball program, he has guided the Monarchs to 30+ wins in four of the last five seasons.

In his seven-year tenure at ODU, Finwood has produced 12 MLB draft selections, two All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans and 14 all-conference selections.
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YEAR-BY-YEAR AT OLD DOMINION

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2017 ||
Old Dominion compiled a 37-21 overall record in 2017, marking the highest single-season win total for the program since 2006. The Monarchs finished second in the Conference USA regular season standings with a 19-11 mark, also setting a new program record for conerence wins during the C-USA era. Finwood guided ODU to a 12-2 record in weekend series, including a sweep of Rice and a road series win at No. 16 Southern Miss. The squad reached a high ranking of No. 25 in the nation by D1 Baseball, marking the first time ODU had been ranked since 2007. Individually, juco transfer Jared Young was named a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball News and was also named the C-USA Newcomer of the Year. Fellow middle infielder Zach Rutheford was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year and was one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the nation's top shortstop. Three true freshmen, Vinnie Pasquantino, Kyle Battle and John Wilson, were all named Freshman All-Americans by CBN, marking the first time in program history that ODU had multiple Freshman All-Americans. Three Monarchs were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft, as Zach Rutherford was chosen in the 6th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, Jared Young was picked in the 15th round by the Chicago Cubs, and Adam Bainbridge was selected in the 30th round by the Kansas City Royals.

2016 ||
Finwood and the Monarchs started the 2016 season off with a bang after posting two consecutive shutouts, one over then No. 10 NC State (5-0) and the other over Kent State (2-0). The two shutouts marked the first time since 1995 ODU had two straight and the first time since 1992 the Monarchs opened the season with two shutouts. Finwood's Monarchs also enjoyed their fourth straight win over the 2015 National Champions Virginia with a 5-4 comeback effort at Davenport Field.

Old Dominion entered the Conference USA tournament as the No. 5 seed and with two all-conference players. Senior centerfielder Connor Myers and junior pitcher Sam Sinnen both earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors, while Sinnen was named to the C-USA All-Tournament team for his efforts against FIU. Finwood also mentored two players that were selected in the 2016 MLB Draft, as Nick Hartman was chosen in the ninth round by the Toronto Blue Jays and Myers was selected in the 27th round by the Chicago Cubs.

2015 ||
Finwood joined ODU's 100 win club and his Baseball Monarchs (27-29) enjoyed two wins over then No. 1/No. 23 ranked UVA and another top-10 victory over No. 8 ranked Rice. At the conclusion of the season, Finwood saw three players earn Conference USA honors, while freshman Zach Rutherford was named a Freshman All-American on two occasions. Three Monarchs were selected into the MLB draft, as P.J. Higgins was picked in the 12th round by the Chicago Cubs, Greg Tomchick in the 27th round by the St. Louis Cardinals and Taylor Ostrich in the 34th round by the Kansas City Royals.

2014 ||
The Monarchs won 36 games in 2014, finished fourth in Conference USA, reached the league semifinals, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals, ODU's first since 2000. ODU posted a 36 RPI and played one of the nation's strongest non-conference schedules, beating No. 1 Virginia and C-USA champion Rice. The 2014 Monarchs turned a school record 68 double-plays, which ranked third nationally, and fielded .976, which was good for a top-20 national ranking. Senior reliever Dean Ali was named to C-USA's All-Academic squad, while two Monarchs were selected into the MLB draft, led by Ryan Yarbrough who went in the fourth round to Seattle.

2013 ||
In 2013, the Monarchs won 30 games and placed third in the school's final season in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Monarchs finished the season strong, winning seven of their last 10 games. ODU swept three-game series from NCAA tournament participant William & Mary and a road series at James Madison. Team MVP Ben Verlander was a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson award and two Monarchs were selected in the 2013 MLB draft.

Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach
Mike Marron

Mike Marron completed his third season as the pitching coach for Old Dominion in 2018 after joining the staff in July of 2015.

This past season, Marron oversaw a young pitching staff. Morgan Maguire blossomed into a star in the rotation, with two complete-game shutouts. Marron also helped develop a plethora of true freshman arms, including Connor Muly and Jason Hartline, who were two of the most valuable bullpen arms for the Monarchs in 2018.

In 2017, Marron helped guide the Monarchs to a 37-21 overall record, the most single-season wins for the program since 2006. ODU also compiled a 19-11 Conference USA record en route to finishing second in the league during the regular season, the best finish ever for ODU in C-USA. On the mound, ODU posted a team ERA of 4.66, down 0.24 points from 2016. Of the 11 pitchers who pitched in 10 or games, six were newcomers, including three true freshmen. Individually, senior Saturday starter Adam Bainbridge earned All-C-USA honors after going 7-4 with a 3.35 ERA and two complete games and John Wilson, who went 6-1 with a 3.41 ERA, was named a Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American.

In his first season with the Monarchs in 2016, Old Dominion posted a 4.90 team ERA and ranked third in the league with 12 pickoffs. Marron saw Sam Sinnen earn the first C-USA Pitcher of the Week honor of the season after throwing five shutout innings against No. 10 NC State. He also mentored Sinnen to Second Team All-Conference USA, VaSID All-State honors and Conference USA All-Tournament Team accolades at the end of the season. Marron also guided the pitching staff to rank fourth in the league with 17 saves, seven of which came from ninth round draft pick Nick Hartman.

Prior to ODU, Marron joined the Stony Brook baseball staff as an assistant coach in 2009, where he was directly responsible for the preparation of the pitching staff routine, drills and philosophies. He was also heavily involved with the recruiting process and assisted in developing three top 75 national recruiting classes and five top 5 regional recruiting classes.

During his time at Stony Brook, the Seawolves went 219-121 and claimed five America East championship titles. He also recruited, coached and developed four All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans, three Conference Pitchers and Rookies of the Year, 10 Major League Baseball draft picks and 22 all-conference selections.

Marron highlighted his career by helping the program record a 52-15 overall record in 2012 en route to a College World Series appearance in Omaha, Neb. and a No. 7 national ranking. His pitching staff produced the 15th best ERA in the nation, while also ranking ninth in hits allowed and 23rd in walks allowed.

Marron arrived at Stony Brook after four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He helped lead the team to the Northeast 10 Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Regionals in 2006. During his last two seasons, Marron guided the program to top 10 ERA rankings in Division II, ranking eighth in 2008 (3.37) and fifth in the nation in 2009 (3.14). Overall, he mentored 23 all-conference players, including a Rookie of the Year, two First Team All-Region selections and a fifth round MLB draft pick.

While in Massachusetts, Marron was the head coach of the Pittsfield Dukes in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) for two summers, leading the program to its first playoff berth and a place in the Divisional Championship round. He was named the 2008 NECBL Coach of the Year and coached 13 MLB draft picks. Marron moved to the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), the premier amateur baseball league, in the summer of 2009 as an assistant coach for the Orleans Firebirds. He assisted with all on-field phases of the organization and coached 21 draft picks, including five current MLB players.

Prior to his coaching days, Marron was a standout athlete at the College of the Holy Cross, where he was a four-year letter-winner. He was a right-handed pitcher and catcher from 2002-2005. He was named the Hop Riopel Team Most Valuable Player and Second Team All-Patriot League in 2003 and earned the title of team captain as a senior.

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Logan Robbins

Logan Robbins completed his third season overall, and serves as the Monarchs assistant coach and recruiting coordinator,

This past season, Robbins helped ODU hit .279 as a team. Four players hit .300 or better, including pitcher-turned-hitter Craig Lopez, who led the team in average at .339, and breakout star Erik Stock, who hit .320 with three homers and 20 RBIs and was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

In 2017, Robbins helped guide the Monarchs to a 37-21 record, the most single-season wins for the program since 2006. ODU also compiled a 19-11 record during Conference USA play and finished second in the league during the regular season, its best finish ever in the league.

Prior to ODU, Robbins spent the 2015 season at Kentucky Wesleyan College in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky. He helped lead the Panthers to a 32-18 record and 15-9 mark in league play. The Panthers led the league in multiple offensive categories, including batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. The squad posted a .965 fielding percentage, which led the conference and ranked top 50 nationally.

Prior to his coaching days, Robbins was a two-year starter for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers before being drafted in the 10th round by the Atlanta Braves in 2011. Additionally, Robbins played for the Monarchs' current head coach Chris Finwood at WKU.

Robbins graduated from WKU with a degree in Bachelor of Science and Education.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
John Penn

John Penn enters his first season as the Volunteer Assistant for Old Dominion baseball. Penn comes to ODU from Iowa Western Community College, where he served as an assistant coach.

Penn completed his second season at Iowa Western in 2018, helping lead the squad to a 54-7 overall record and a spot in the Juco World Series. The Reivers hit .357 as a team and averaged 8.5 runs per game.

At Iowa Western, Penn worked closely with the Reivers' catchers and hitters, and also assisted with recruiting.

Prior to Iowa Western, Penn spent his first 2 seasons coaching at Bluffton University, a DIII school located in Ohio, where he served as the graduate assistant.

A native of Ohio, Penn graduated from Wabash College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a Sports Management concentration from Bluffton University. At Wabash, Penn was a relief pitcher and a member of the 2011 NCAC Conference Championship team.