Coaching staff for new AAU USA Collegiate Team namedLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—Longtime AAU Baseball coaching colleagues Mike Graham (pictured left) and Chris Cummings (right) have left the Collegiate Baseball League Europe’s Sant Boi Barcelona Falcons in order to become the coaching staff of the new AAU USA International Collegiate Team.
Representing Spain in the CBLE, Sant Boi Barcelona won back to back regular season championships in 2017 and 2016. Graham and Cummings depart as the winningest coaches in the league and franchise history. They compiled a 21-8-1 (.717) record in two years at Barcelona, consistently recruiting and assembling highly rated rosters.
They were twice named the CBLE All-Star team coaches. In 2017, they directed the CBLE All-Stars to a 9-4 victory over the French National Team.
"We're pleased to have Coaches Cummings and Graham to lead this initiative of AAU Baseball,” said Ed Skovron, AAU Baseball Chair.
It’s not the first time the pair have teamed up for championship baseball. In addition to international baseball, they have extensive experience in Amateur Athletic Union of the United States (AAU) baseball, serving on the coaching staff of the Maryland RBI advanced skills development team from 2009-2017. In their 20th year coaching, their overall career coaching record combined stands at an impressive 880-539 (.620).
Major League Baseball© (MLB) certified coaches, Cummings and Graham and colleagues have together won a record four (three consecutive) Maryland AAU State Championships (2017, 2014, 2013, 2012) and earned a Maryland AAU record-setting number of five consecutive AAU National Championships invitation-only or automatic bids, including one appearance (2013).
About the Team
The AAU USA International Collegiate Team is a premier international collegiate summer team followed by college coaches and pro scouts. The roster includes players ages 18-23 representing all NCAA college divisions and national team, MLB academy, and club players from all over the world. The experience offers high-level baseball and cultural exposure to the world at the same time. Coaches Graham and Cummings are Major League Baseball© (MLB) certified coaches.
Notable alumni of the AAU USA International Collegiate Team coaching staff’s previous collegiate summer teams include Brian Reed (Rochester Tech, NY), D3baseball.com All-New York Region Pitcher of the Year; Jordan Ellis (Virginia Wesleyan University); Jimmie Gentry (Albright College, Pa.), NABF All-America; Mac McGrath (Shenandoah University, Va./Eastern University, Pa.); CJ Cummings (University of Mary Washington, Va.); Josh Matthews (Hood College, Md.), AAU All-America; Netherlands pro Dave Janssen (MLB Bixie Baseball Academy, Nl.).
Brandyn Vogtsberger (Towson University, Md.); MLB Prospect Guide select Stewart Rich (Georgia State University), former teammate of MLB Atlanta Brave Danby Swanson, MLB’s No. 1 pick in 2015; Maryland junior college Anne Arundel CC’s Dominic Stanbery, AAU All-America; Brandon Snow (St. Mary’s College, Md./Farmingdale State University, NY); and Northwest Missouri State University teammates James Holler and Nikko Pablo.
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The AAU USA International Collegiate Team is recruiting for summer 2018. Apply to play at https://aauusaict.wixsite.com/aauusabaseball.