Jimmy Rider
Jimmy  Rider

Venetia, Penn.

Volunteer Coach



Jimmy Rider Named Volunteer Coach For The Bulldogs

Jimmy Rider Named Volunteer Coach For The Bulldogs


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Jimmy Rider, a former All-America shortstop at Kent State, was named the volunteer coach for the Bulldogs in September of 2014. Recently, he completed his third season with the Bulldogs.

Rider, 27, works with the infielders, assist Scott Daeley with the hitters and serves as the first base coach. In his first season with the Bulldogs, Georgia improved its batting average by 11 points, hit 27 more home runs and collected the most stolen bases since 2010. Also, Georgia raised its fielding percentage to .970 in 2015. The past two years, he has helped direct Georgia to the SEC Tournament.

A 26th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, he spent three seasons playing professional baseball in the Pirates and Boston Red Sox organizations as a utility infielder.

A four-year starter and team captain for the Flashes, Rider was the catalyst behind Kent State's run to the 2012 College World Series (CWS). He was named a first team All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and a second team selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Also, he earned Academic All-MAC honors in 2012.

He finished his career as the all-time hits leader in the MAC with 353 and etched his name throughout the Flashes record book for his offense and defense. Rider is the KSU leader for hits, runs scored (219), at bats (1,056) and assists (773) and ranks in the top five for RBI (194), doubles (78) and total bases (486).

As a senior, he hit .367 with five home runs and 63 RBI during the regular season to earn All-MAC honors, and then he made the NCAA All-Regional team and delivered a game-winning double at 10th-ranked Oregon to win a Super Regional to send KSU to its first-ever CWS. In Omaha, he hit a home run against Arkansas and went 2-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over top seed Florida to eliminate the Gators. He finished the year with single season school records for hits (106), doubles (30), assists (232) and a .979 fielding percentage.

Rider enjoyed a stellar prep career as a shortstop for the Peters Township Indians and coach Joe Maize. He was part of a Class AAAA state title team in 2007 as well as a summer league championship squad for the Steel City Wildcats.

The Jimmy Rider File

Born: May 9, 1990 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

High School: Peters Township, McMurray, Penn., 2008

College: Kent State, B.A. in Accounting, 2013

Playing Career

Kent State, 2009-12, All-American, All-MAC, Team Co-Captain, 2012

26th Round Draft Pick, Pittsburgh, 2012, Minor Leagues: 2012-14

Coaching Career:

Volunteer Coach, University of Georgia, September, 2014-present

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