OMAHA, Neb. - Head coach Ed Servais rounded out the 2015 coaching staff with the additions of Rich Wallace as assistant coach and Vicente Cafaro as the volunteer assistant on Friday, Aug. 15.
Wallace comes to Creighton from High Point University, where he served as an assistant coach for the past six seasons. Wallace was the Panthers recruiting coordinator for the last two seasons, his efforts to bring in a stellar recruiting class in 2012 was named one of the nation’s best by Collegiate Baseball.
In addition to his role as the recruiting coordinator for High Point, Wallace was also the Panther's hitting coach and catching instructor. Wallace is expected to step in each of those three roles for the Bluejays.
“I’m extremely excited to join the Creighton program. There is tremendous history here and I am ready to get to work,” said Wallace. “My wife is from Omaha and being a Midwest man myself, the chance to bring my family home is also wonderful.”
"As this process began I was looking for someone that could work with our offense, had a strong recruiting knowledge, and in a perfect world could work with our catcher's," said Servais. "Rich brings each of those qualities to the table. He had two top-40 recruiting classes at High Point and has a history of improving catchers."
Prior to High Point, Wallace served as volunteer assistant coach at Central Florida from 2005-08 where he played from 2000-04. As a player for the Knights, Wallace was part of three NCAA Tournament teams. Wallace’s teams won three Atlantic Sun regular season championships and a pair of Atlantic Sun tournament titles.
During his career at Central Florida, Wallace garnered Third Team All-Atlantic Sun honors as a freshman and was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He set the school’s all-time mark in being hit by a pitch, both in career and single season totals. A native of Orlando, Fla., Wallace earned his bachelor’s degree from UCF in liberal studies in 2004.
A former Bluejay himself (2008-09), Cafaro returns to Creighton after serving as the graduate assistant coach at University of Southern Indiana last season. Working with the infielders and coaching third base, Cafaro helped guide the Screaming Eagles to the NCAA Division II national championship in 2014.
Before coming to Southern Indiana, Cafaro spent a season as an assistant coach for the Hickory Crawdads, a Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers organization. He also signed a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers organization in 2009, playing one year the Arizona Rangers, Texas’ rookie league squad.
"I'm very excited to come back to Creighton. As a former player I have experience with coach Servais as well as his system. I hope to help this team return to the NCAA Tournament." said Cafaro.
"Cafaro is a high energy guy that has a great feel for infield play," said Servais. "Having been such a successful infielder here at Creighton, he can continue the system we have in place and free me up to spend more time with our pitchers."
During his two seasons at Creighton, Cafaro started 111 of 113 games over the two years, hitting .318 with 66 RBIs, 29 doubles, four triples, and 10 home runs. The native of Maracay, Venezuela, also earned a Rawlings Gold Glove as the nation’s top field second baseman in 2009.
In addition his two seasons at Creighton, Cafaro also played college baseball for one season at Iowa Western Community College (2007) and Wayne State College (2006). He batted .441 and won an NJCAA Gold Glove during his season at IWCC, leading the Tigers to the NJCAA World Series.
Cafaro earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Creighton.