Program Spotlight: University of Virginia

Associate Head Coach Kevin McMullan of the University of Virginia shared a look into his recruiting process and offered some words of encouragement to players. The University of Virginia Cavaliers is one of the most elite college baseball programs. The 2015 National Champions compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference, arguably the most completive conference in the country.

“Work harder than the best player you know.”

– Coach McMullan, University of Virginia
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Quick Facts

School:University of Virginia
Division:NCAA Division I
Conference:Atlantic Coast Conference
Location:Charlottesville, VA
Student Population:17,000
Questionnaire:Recruit Questionnaire

Recruiting Q&A – with Associate Head Coach Kevin McMullan

What are your typical scouting methods?

We will scout all events.

How do you recommend players contact you if they are interested in your program?


If a player contacts you, what are you most interested in?

Grades, Video as well as coaches contact information.

Any general advice for players that want to play college baseball?

Work harder then the best player you know.

Any other comments about your program that you’d like to share?

We love players who are confident, trustworthy and resilient.

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Program Overview – Cavalier Baseball

The University of Virginia baseball program is a NCAA Division I program that has a rich history of success, both on and off the field. With a roster full of talented players and a coaching staff that emphasizes discipline and hard work, the Cavaliers have established themselves as one of the top college baseball programs in the country.

The team plays its home games at Davenport Field, a state-of-the-art facility located in Charlottesville, Virginia. With a seating capacity of over 5,000, Davenport Field is one of the best facilities is all of college baseball.

The Cavaliers have won numerous Atlantic Coast Conference championships and have made multiple appearances in the College World Series, including a national championship in 2015. Throughout the years, the program has produced many Major League Baseball players, including Mark Reynolds, Ryan Zimmerman, and Sean Doolittle.

The program has truly established a winning tradition, consistently bringing in the country’s top high school prospects, and producing hundreds of professional players. With elite state-of-the-art facilities, players have great resources to train and practice. The program also has professionals on staff that specialize in athletic training, sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, and sports psychology. The university and baseball program really pour a lot of resources into ensuring the student-athletes have an opportunity to succeed in the classroom and on the field.

To learn more about the program and facilities, visit THIS IS VIRGINIA BASEBALL.

School Overview – University of Virginia

The University of Virginia, or UVA, is a renowned public research university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, making it one of the oldest universities in the US. With over 23,000 students enrolled, UVA offers a diverse range of academic programs across 11 schools and colleges, including arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, and law.

UVA is well-known for its beautiful architecture and historic grounds. The iconic Rotunda, designed by Jefferson himself, serves as a symbol of the university and is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in America. UVA is also known for its strong athletic tradition and is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, or lacrosse, the Virginia Cavaliers are always competing on a national level.

When it comes to academics, UVA is top-notch. It consistently ranks in the top 25 of national universities and is highly regarded for its programs in law, business, and education. The university has several research institutes and centers, making it a leader in fields such as medicine, engineering, and the social sciences.

UVA also has a great student life, with over 400 student organizations and clubs, plus cultural events and performances like concerts, theater productions, and art exhibitions. The university is committed to diversity and inclusion, with programs aimed at promoting equity and creating a welcoming community for all students, staff, and faculty.

Another impressive statistic is UVA’s economic impact. With an operating budget of over $2 billion and over 17,000 employees, UVA generates millions of dollars in research funding each year and is a major contributor to the local economy.

In conclusion, UVA is a unique and incredible institution that offers a rich history, a beautiful campus, and excellent academic programs. With its commitment to diversity, strong athletic tradition, and vibrant student life, UVA is the perfect place to learn, grow, and succeed. To learn more about the programs, admission, and financial aid available at the University of Virginia, students can visit

Closing Remarks

We would like to thank Coach McMullan for providing us with some insight into his recruiting process. Any player with the opportunity to play at a program with such a winning tradition and with a veteran coaching staff should be honored and proud of themselves.

Players that are interested in learning more about the program and staff are encouraged to visit the links above and follow Coach McMullan’s advice. To play at a program like Virginia, players need an incredible work-ethic and talent level, and as Coach McMullan said, that will only come from working harder than every other player around. That mindset must be engrained in players that want to succeed at the next level. Competing and succeeding in the ACC requires and incredible amount of talent, and elite level coaches recruit players they are confident will work hard to find a way to succeed.

Coach McMullan provided advice and highlighted the attributes in players that are all areas that a player can control. He mentioned confidence, trustworthiness, and resilience. None of these attributes require natural-born talent. They are attributes that a player can develop, implement, and bring to the table every day. This is important to realize as a player. Coach McMullan is around some of the best college athletes in the world, and he is still preaching the intangible qualities he looks for in players which are beyond qualities that are strictly physical.

Again, we would like to thank Coach McMullan for his thoughtful answers and we wish the Cavaliers the best of luck in their upcoming season.

Kevin Zak

Former independent professional player and DII All-American. 10+ years of coaching experience at the high school level. Passionate about the mental aspects of the game and diving deep into the technical side of swing mechanics.

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