Shark Radar: Catching Up with Coach Rains
06/18/2021 04:27:32 pm
Nestled behind the soccer field at LIU sits the modest resemblance of a baseball stadium. A press box sits atop a small concession stand flanked by a set of metal bleachers on each side looking out onto a fresh cut layer of green surrounded by a two-toned teal and orange windscreen some 320" away. This is the setting of LIU Sharks baseball.
Coach Rains understands the undertaking he has set himself upon when he agreed to become the head coach. A program that has only one season above .500 in the past six. But, somehow, Coach Rains has nothing but positivity exuding in the community and amongst his peers. Signing six incoming freshman with, what Coach Rains has described as tremendous surprises, more to come in his first "off-season" has many buying into the #finsup montage.
Coach Rains may be young and inexperienced in the college baseball world, but he has all the makings, to make LIU proud.
Shark Radar: The Wait Begins
06/18/2021 11:40:31 am
Coaches around the country are on pins and needles today. The 19th day of Season 6 will conclude with the final signing period of the season. Hundreds of young, talented high school athletes will sign on the line with their school of choice. The long and grueling climax to a high school career blends with the new and startling possibilities of college baseball.
Coach Rains is just like every other coach, but this, this is slightly different. Rains, who took over the LIU program following the conclusion of the season, is waiting on much more than a new player. Rains is waiting on a new start and a chance to mold this LIU program into something that commands respect. As we all wait for the signings to begin rolling in, we await the beginning of what will, hopefully, be the start of some exciting and encouraging events in the near future.
Sharks add 3 more on NSD
06/15/2021 06:00:02 am
Coach Rains has added 3 more HS Seniors from the Class of Season 6 to his roster for his 1st year at the helm of the LIU Sharks.
Lane Clements, a LF out of Brentwood, NY, is the #240 Overall/ #29 LF in the class.
Norris Vazquez, a RP out of Radford, VA, is the #93 Overall/ #32 RP in the class.
Dustin Reese, a C out of Cedar City, UT, is the #1579 Overall/ #230 C in the class.
Coach Rains now has decisions to make in the late signing period. With spots still remaining and prospects dwindling, Rains must determine where his team stands on the remaining players list.
"Part of our goal is to try and dominate the Northeastern part of the country. However, part of building a championship program is expanding. We have to expand a little and be willing to take some risk to try and pull in some guys that we feel we can hit a home run with. Our staff is working night and day to determine who are some guys that can come in a provide a big splash for us."
Shark Radar: Rains is Coming
06/14/2021 08:22:05 am
The Long Island University Sharks have made a change at the helm of the baseball program. After having only one season above .500 (Season 4 - 36-24) in the past 6 seasons, the Athletic Director Donald Tooth has decided to go in another direction and bring in a young, energetic, and somewhat unconventional hire to lead the Sharks. That hire is Easton Rains, the now former head coach of Anniston High School in Anniston, AL.
"We have tried various options here at LIU and we have seen our shares of ups and downs. We have had very high turnover and when I accepted the position of Athletic Director here at LIU, I promised the members of our community that we would do everything we could to bring stability and a winning culture and program to this area. Well, sometimes you have to shake things up a little to do that. I think Coach Rains is an under the radar coach who pushed the envelope in things that he represents and encourages in the young men he coaches."
Rains comes to LIU following a 33-13 season at Anniston HS. 29 years old, Rains played collegiately at Talladega College in Alabama. He began his coaching career at Prichard High School before moving over to Anniston in the 2017 academic year.
"I am excited and ready to get to work for this University, the community, and the student-athletes of LIU. We have our work cut out for us but I have always looked for and accepted challenges. It was a tough decision to leave Anniston High School, but AD Tooth really sold us on the possibilities and direction of the athletic department and the baseball program here and we could not be more happy and excited to become a part of the Shark Family. Fins Up!!!"
Rains will come in with an opportunity to begin a vast overhaul of the program with, potentially, 20 scholarships to fill. Coach Rains has gotten off to a blistering pace, picking up commitments from 3 members of the Season 6 recruiting class.
Gleybar Irwin, a RF out of Fairfax, VA, is the #221 Overall/ #22 RF in the class.
Coach Comments - "Gleybar is a kid that stands out for a lot of reasons. He hit .328 this past year but more importantly he has a high OBP and fields the ball well. Getting on base at .418 clip and fielding the ball just north of 96% fits well into the philosophies that we are bringing to LIU."
Rod Murphy, a LF out of West Point, NY, is the #190 Overall/ #19 LF in the class.
Coach Comments - "Murphy is a very exciting player. He is a guy that we feel can really swing it and give us a strong, competitive at-bat every time to the plate. Again, he is a guy that fields the ball very well at .989 and really understands the importance of baserunners during the game. Hit .395 with a .507 OBP, that really encompasses the idea of our philosophies."
Joel Choi, a LHP out of Oceanside, NY, is the #66 Overall/ #37 P in the class.
Coach Comments - "Joel brings a lot of positives to the table as a LHP. He pounds the zone and challenges hitters early. Has great makeup for our program and will have an opportunity to contribute immediately. Finished 14-4 last year and has tremendous K/BB ratio numbers. We are very excited to have him stay in-state and help anchor our pitching staff."
Stay tuned as we continue our coverage of LIU Shark athletics.
Players selected in the Season 6 Draft
06/09/2021 04:03:11 pm
player(s) were selected in the Season 6 Draft
SR C Chuck Barnett
- Rd 24, Pick #17