For a second consecutive summer, Western Carolina Coach Bobby Moranda was selected to take part in the National Team Development Program and the trials for the national team spearheaded by USA Baseball.
The Catamount skipper is serving as an assistant coach for the “Stars” 18-and-under team during workouts this week in California.
As an assistant, Moranda is involved in practices and workouts, which will culminate in five total games, two of which will be played at Dodger Stadium.
Last summer, Moranda was selected to assist with the 17-and-under national team trials, traveling to Chicago, Illinois, where he took part in games played at Wrigley Field as well as at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Former WCU and Clemson Coach Jack Leggett – a college baseball Hall of Famer – will coach the U-18 National Team in South Korea from Aug. 30 to Sept. 8 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup.
“This is again a tremendous honor to represent the country and assist with the process of preparing the United States 18U team to bring back another gold medal this year in Korea,” Moranda said.
In 12 seasons, Moranda is Western’s leader in career victories with 344. He is set to match Bill Haywood (1969-81) as the longest-tenured coach in program history as he embarks on year No. 13 in 2020.