Scott Daeley recently completed his second season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Georgia baseball program. Daeley, 38, serves as Georgia's hitting coach, works with the outfielders and is the third base coach. He arrived at Georgia from Kent State in June of 2013 where he was a member of Scott Stricklin's staff for nine years.
In Daeley's first season, Georgia's highlights included returning to the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2012 and two Bulldog hitters being selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft. Shortstop Nelson Ward was a 12th round pick while outfielder/third baseman Hunter Cole was drafted in the 26th round.
In 2015, Georgia raised its team batting average 11 points, hit 27 more home runs from a year ago, going from 13 to 40, and tallied 63 stolen bases, the most by the Bulldogs in five years. Also, outfielder Keegan McGovern earned Freshman All-SEC honors.
As the hitting coach at KSU, Daeley helped develop 30 All-Mid-American Conference position players, three MAC Players of the Year and six All-Americans. During Daeley's time as recruiting coordinator at KSU, the Golden Flashes assembled classes that excelled both on the field and in the classroom. He was a part of the KSU program that made five NCAA Regional appearances highlighted by the 2012 College World Series.
A total of 36 Flashes were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft from 2005-13 including 26 during his final five seasons at KSU. After the 2012 season that saw the Flashes reach the College World Series, Baseball America went back and re-ranked the recruiting classes from 2008 and ranked the Golden Flashes as having the ninth best class. The 2006 class was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 17 class in the country becoming the first Mid-American Conference program to be included in their recruiting Top 25.
In conference play, KSU hitters finished in the top three in the MAC in batting average, runs and on base percentage for the past eight years and finished in the top three in fielding percentage seven of the past eight seasons. The Golden Flashes have led the league in home runs four times and taken home the batting average and runs scored crown on three occasions. In 2009, the Golden Flashes set a single season MAC record for runs scored during a season when they crossed the plate 504 times. The 2012 Kent State offense led the country in doubles with 163 and finished third in hits with 729.
Prior to going to Kent State, Daeley served as a volunteer assistant coach for two years at his alma mater Wake Forest. Daeley rejoined the Wake Forest baseball program in May 2002 after playing three years in the San Francisco Giants organization. Daeley played center field and batted leadoff for the Demon Deacons in 1998 and 1999 and was the catalyst for back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship teams. He earned second team All-ACC honors in 1999 with 27 doubles and 83 runs scored, the second most in a single season in Wake Forest baseball history.
A 31st round draft pick of the Giants following the 1999 season, Daeley played with Shreveport, San Jose and Salem-Keizer. Daeley came to Wake Forest from Cypress Junior College in California where he hit .350 and ranked among the school's all-time leaders with 98 runs scored and 43 stolen bases. He was named co-MVP of the 1997 junior college state championships.
A native of Orange, Calif., Daeley received a business degree from Wake Forest in December 2002. Scott and his wife, Alison, have two daughters, Sloan (6) and Paige (5).
The Scott Daeley File
Born: Feb. 25, 1977
High School: Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.
College: Wake Forest, B.A. in 2002
Family: Wife: Alison; Children: Sloan (6) and Paige (5)
Cypress Junior College, Cypress, Calif., 1996-97 Wake Forest, 1998-99
31st Round Draft Pick, San Francisco, 1999; Minor Leagues: 1999-2002
Volunteer Assistant, Wake Forest, 2002-04
Assistant Coach, Kent State, 2005-2013
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Georgia, 2013-present