WILSON, N.C. – Barton College has named Keith Gorman Head Baseball Coach, Director of Athletics Todd Wilkinson announced today. Gorman takes over as Bulldogs' mentor after leading Cumberland County (N.J.) College to the 2019 NJCAA Division III National Championship this past May. For his efforts, Gorman was named the 2019 ABCA/Diamond National Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division III.
Gorman led the Dukes to a 47-5 record this year and sported a career mark of 316-91 (.776) after eight seasons at the helm for CCC. The 2017 squad went 55-8 on the season, ranked No. 1 in the nation and finished third at the College World Series while the 2014 team (49-10) was the national runner-up.
Gorman, who was also Director of Athletics and Student Life at Cumberland County since 2013, was the NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 2019 and a two-time Region XIX (2017, 2019) and ABCA Regional (2014, 2017) Coach of the Year. In all, the Dukes won three regional and three league tournament titles. Gorman also coached six players who eventually landed professional contracts and 17 players who signed with NCAA Division I institutions. Gorman mentored five All-Americans, three region pitchers of the year and one region player of the year as well.
Gorman also worked at Holy Spirit (N.J.) High School for 10 years (2004-13) and led the baseball team to a 120-54-1 (.690) record over seven seasons. The prep squad won three conference championships and finished a school-best 25-5 in 2011. At the high school, Gorman also served as Assistant Principal of Athletics and Student Activities and Director of Athletics.
Gorman, a native of St. Joseph, Missouri, played collegiately at Kansas City (Kan.) CC and North Central (Mo.) College before earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri and master's degree from LaSalle University. Gorman and his wife, Emily, are the proud parents of three children: Leanna, Ellee and Beau.
Gorman takes over for Jim Chester, who accepted the Head Coaching position at Gardner-Webb University. Barton finished 31-20 last year including a 17-9 mark in Conference Carolinas play.
Barton College Director of Athletics Todd Wilkinson:
"I am very excited that Coach (Keith) Gorman has accepted the responsibility to lead the Bulldog baseball program. His credentials and reputation as a baseball coach are outstanding. For Barton to be able to hire a leader that is coming off a National Championship season validates what I have known for a long time: Barton College baseball is a great opportunity in the college baseball community!"
"Finding a head coach that could keep the competitive momentum going and also build a program that meets the core outcome within our departmental mission of 'developing young leaders of distinction was paramount in the hire. Barton baseball has an alumni and fan base that gets excited about the overall excellence of the program and I have no doubt that Coach Gorman will be well received by the all the stakeholders will receive Coach Gorman very well."
"Keith will be a tremendous addition to the Barton College and the Wilson Community. Barton baseball is in great hands with Keith Gorman leading our program!"
"I am honored to be the next Head Baseball Coach at Barton College. I would first like to thank (Barton) Athletic Director Todd Wilkinson and the entire administration at Barton for this amazing opportunity."
"What struck me while interviewing at Barton was the overwhelming sense of "team" from every person I interacted with. There is no doubt that the student experience is first priority at Barton. The strong sense of community and the love for Barton is apparent from the students to the employees."
"I believe we have all the ingredients to create a consistent winner and I'm not talking about wins on the field. We will work tirelessly to develop the Barton baseball team in the classroom, in the community and on the field. This work will lead to a group that exemplifies the very best of Barton College and something the community is proud of. And on the field, if we do our jobs well, we may compete in some big moments."