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Air Force
Out: Mike Hutcheon
In: Maj. Mike Kazlausky
Buzz: The Falcons decided to make a coaching change during the regular season when it was obvious Hutcheon was guiding the program to yet another disappointing campaign. Hutcheon had seven unsuccessful seasons with the Falcons, including a 13-42 record this past season. Kazlausky, Hutcheon's replacement, previously spent six seasons as an assistant for the Falcons, also serving on former coach Paul Mainieri's staff at one point.
Alabama A&M
Out: Demetrius Mitchell
In: Ed McCann
Buzz: In a strange occurrence this past spring, interim coach Demetrius Mitchell announced his resignation in the middle of the regular season. Mitchell was in his first season as head coach and just his second overall with the program. The previous coach before Mitchell, Jay Martin, left his post last summer to concentrate on duties as the football team's inside linebackers coach. Ed McCann, who spent 12 years as head coach at Centenary, takes over for the Bulldogs.
Ball State
Out: Greg Beals
In: Alex Marconi
Buzz: The Cardinals had to be a little surprised when Ohio State pursued and plucked Greg Beals away from the program earlier this summer. The Cards, though, feel very good about their future with Alex Marconi leading the way. Marconi spent the last five seasons as an assistant for the Cards and helped attract some solid talent to the program.
Boston College
Out: Mik Aoki
In: Mike Gambino
Buzz: The Eagles were forced to make a change when coach Mik Aoki bolted to Notre Dame. As a result, the Eagles again hired someone very familiar with the ins and outs of the program by bringing Virginia Tech assistant Mike Gambino in the fold. Gambino is a former player and assistant coach for the Eagles. He previously was the recruiting coordinator for the Hokies.
Out: Jamie Pinzino
In: Steve Owens
Buzz: The Bulldogs were surprised when former coach Jamie Pinzino was booted from the program after an altercation with an assistant coach. Bryant, though, made a fantastic hire by bringing Le Moyne's Steve Owens into the fold. Owens had a fantastic tenure with the Dolphins, leading the program to 11 straight winning seasons. He boasts an overall record of 587-299-1 and averaged nearly 31 wins per season.
Cal State Northridge
Out: Steve Rousey
In: Matt Curtis
Buzz: The Matadors decided to part ways with Rousey after he spent eight seasons with the program. Rousey did not have a successful tenure with the Matadors, compiling just a 169-278-1 overall record and a 48-129 mark in the Big West. After a ridiculously lengthy coaching search, the Matadors settled on Fresno State assistant Matt Curtis as new head coach. Curtis spent 10 seasons with the Bulldogs and helped lead the program to its first national title in '08. He is highly regarded on the West Coast.
Central Arkansas
Out: Doug Clark
In: Allen Gum
Buzz: The Bears decided to part ways with Clark after he guided the program to just 209 victories in eight seasons. The Bears then hired Gum, from Southern Arkansas, to take over the program. Gum spent the past five seasons at SAU and compiled an impressive 226-68 record (.769 winning percentage).
Coppin State
Out: Mike Scolinos
In: Sherman Reed
Buzz: The Eagles decided to hire Reed after Scolinos left the program in June to pursue other professional opportunities. Reed spent the last two seasons as an assistant for the Eagles. Reed played collegiately at Towson and spent 10 seasons playing independent baseball before embarking on a coaching career. Reed is a Baltimore native.
Fairleigh Dickinson
Out: Jerry DeFabbia
In: Gary Puccio
Buzz: It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that DeFabbia was shown the door at FDU. The first full-time coach in program history compiled an overall record of 78-224 in six seasons as head coach of the Knights. DeFabbia is a former standout player for the Knights and led the program to a 16-38 record this past season. FDU replaced DeFabbia with Puccio, who previously was at Briarcliffe College and won two national titles and led the program to five straight postseason appearances. Puccio is most known for his success at Manhattan College in the 1990's.
Out: Rayner Noble
In: Todd Whitting
Buzz: The Cougars finally decided to make a coaching change after failing to make an NCAA tournament appearance this past season. UH forced Noble to resign after compiling a 551-420 record and earning eight NCAA berths in 16 seasons with the program. The Cougars replaced Noble with Whitting, a TCU assistant and former Houston assistant who is considered to be one of the nation's top recruiters. Whitting also was part of Noble's coaching staff during the most successful era in program history.
Le Moyne
Out: Steve Owens
In: Scott Cassidy
Buzz: The Dolphins joined the coaching carousel when Owens decided to take the head coaching job at Bryant. Owens had an outstanding tenure at Le Moyne, leading the Dolphins to 11 straight winning seasons and an average of nearly 31 wins per season. Owens also led the program to three NCAA tournament appearances and an overall record of 342-217. He is replaced by Cassidy, who previously spent a year as an assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Dolphins.
Long Beach State
Out: Mike Weathers
In: Troy Buckley
Buzz: After spending 18 seasons with the program, nine as an assistant and nine as the head coach, Weathers decided to call it a tenure and focus on other baseball interests. Weathers won more than 300 games in his nine seasons and guided the program to six NCAA tournament appearances. The Dirtbags didn't have to look far to hire their new coach, as longtime assistant Buckley was tabbed as Weathers' successor. Buckley is most known for developing Jered Weaver and other outstanding Dirtbag pitchers of the past.
New Jersey Tech
Out: Brian Callahan
In: Mike Cole
Buzz: The Highlanders wanted to make a statement with the hiring of a coach with deep roots in the Northeast. They accomplished that goal with the addition of Mike Cole to their program. Cole previously served as an assistant at Maine. He had previous stops at Vermont and Manhattan, too. The combined records of teams he has helped coach is 261-200-1 with an average of exactly 29 wins in nine years.
Nicholls State
Out: Chip Durham
In: Seth Thibodeaux
Buzz: The Colonels were surprised when Durham decided to put his coaching career on hold. But they made a solid hire by promoting Thibodeaux to head coach. Thibodeaux spent the last three seasons as the recruiting coordinator and associate head coach for Durham. Under his watch, the Colonels showed steady improvement and now appear to be in line for an even brighter future. Thibodeaux served two seasons as an assistant at Southeastern Louisiana before taking a position with Nicholls.
North Florida
Out: Dusty Rhodes
In: Smoke Laval
Buzz: Laval's appointment to head coach at UNF is common knowledge by now since the Ospreys announced last season that Laval would take over after the '10 season. Officially, though, Laval recently took the reins of the program. Laval has 12 years of Division I head-coaching experience, having previously served at LSU and Louisiana-Monroe. Laval guided LSU to a pair of College World Series in his five seasons with the program.
Northern Colorado
Out: Kevin Smallcomb
In: Carl Iwasaki
Buzz: In a very surprising development out of the Rocky Mountain State, the Bears decided to part ways with long-time head coach Kevin Smallcomb. Smallcomb was the eighth coach in Northern Colorado history and compiled an overall record of 194-235 in eight seasons with the program. Interestingly, the Bears finished last season 22-6 in the Great West Conference with an overall record of 34-24. The Bears replaced Smallcomb with Carl Iwasaki, who spent the last six years as head coach at Austin College in Texas. Iwasaki is a former player for the Bears and was a two-time Coach of the Year at his previous stop.
Notre Dame
Out: Dave Schrage
In: Mik Aoki
Buzz: It had been expected for more than a week, but Notre Dame finally announced the hiring of Mik Aoki from Boston College. Aoki guided the Eagles to an NCAA regional two seasons ago and the ACC tournament last season. He already did a fantastic job of turning one Catholic institution into a regional contender. Now he hopes to turn the Fighting Irish back into a contender.
Ohio State
Out: Bob Todd
In: Greg Beals
Buzz: Todd decided to call it a career after spending 39 seasons as a baseball coach, 37 of those seasons at the Division I level. Todd spent 23 seasons with the Buckeyes and guided the program to a wealth of success, including earning 900 wins before retiring. The Buckeyes hired Beals away from Ball State. Beals earned one NCAA tournament appearance in eight seasons with the Cardinals.
Old Dominion
Out: Jerry Meyers
In: Nate Goulet
Buzz: Meyers resigned after six seasons with the Monarchs and took a job as an assistant at South Carolina, where he previously was before heading to ODU in the first place. Meyers is replaced by Nate Goulet, who served as an assistant for Meyers for the last five years. ODU may or may not conduct a national search after the 2011 season.
Southern California
Out: Chad Kreuter
In: Frank Cruz (interim)
Buzz: The Trojans had high hopes for Chad Kreuter when he took over a few years ago, but things didn't work out as planned as the Trojans fired him. Kreuter spent four seasons with the program and failed to compile a winning overall record or record an NCAA postseason berth. USC has made Frank Cruz the interim coach for the 2011 season, but the program likely will look outside for a permanent coach.
Out: Buddy Gouldsmith
In: Tim Chambers
Buzz: To absolutely no one's surprise, the Rebels decided to make a coaching change before the regular season ended and vowed not to renew Gouldsmith's contract. Gouldsmith spent seven seasons as the head coach and was the fifth coach in UNLV history. He had a losing record. Gouldsmith is replaced by Chambers, who was one of the top JUCO coaches in his 11 seasons at the College of Southern Nevada. It also should be noted that Chambers had been the athletic director at CSN since '03.
Western Michigan
Out: Randy Ford
In: Billy Gernon
Buzz: The Broncos decided to part ways with Ford after he spent six seasons in charge of the program. The fact that Ford guided the program to a 26-77 record the past two seasons doomed him. The Broncos have replaced Ford with Gernon, who spent the past couple of seasons as an assistant at Michigan State. Before that stint, Gernon spent nine seasons as the head coach at IPFW.
Out: Joe Hudak
In: Tom Riginos
Buzz: In somewhat of a surprising offseason development, Winthrop decided to part ways with longtime coach Hudak without warning. Hudak spent 19 seasons as the Eagles' head coach and guided the program to five NCAA tournament appearances. The Eagles replaced Hudak with Clemson assistant Tom Riginos, who spent eight seasons on Jack Leggett's staff. Before Clemson, Riginos spent nine seasons at Stetson.

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