FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn has been selected as manager of the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
USA Baseball announced Van Horn’s appointment on Monday morning. It won’t be Van Horn’s first time with the national team. He also was an assistant coach in 2011.
“I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be selected as manager for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team,” Van Horn said in a news release. “Any time you have the opportunity to wear the Team USA jersey, it’s an honor and a privilege. Serving as an assistant coach for the team in 2011 was a great experience and I’m excited to put together a great group of coaches and players to represent our country in 2014.”
Van Horn is in his 11th season at Arkansas and is 1,017-478 in 25 seasons as a head coach. He has led his teams to five College World Series appearances and 14 NCAA Tournament berths during his coaching career. It included last year’s trip to Omaha with the Razorbacks, which was his third with the program.
Van Horn will work with his staff - which has not been completed - to put together a 22-man roster for the collegiate team’s 2014 tour.
“We are pleased to announce Dave Van Horn as the manager of the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team,” Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager for national teams said. “Dave’s success at the University of Arkansas speaks for itself, and we are thrilled to have him in place as we prepare for next summer.”
Arkansas has called off Tuesday’s home game against 11th-ranked Oklahoma because of the threat of storms and cold weather. It will not be made up.
The Sooners were the last ranked team on Arkansas’ regular season schedule, which now continues with a weekend series at Georgia beginning Friday night. The Razorbacks only have one midweek game remaining against Missouri State on April 30 and SEC series against Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn.
The Razorbacks fell two spots to No. 14 in this week’s Baseball America poll after going 2-3 against Nebraska and Texas A&M. Arkansas remains one of six SEC teams ranked in the Baseball America poll, joining LSU (No. 2), Vanderbilt (No. 3), South Carolina (No. 15), Mississippi State (No. 16) and Ole Miss (No. 18).
“I don’t even know where we’re ranked,” Van Horn said after Sunday’s win against Texas A&M. “Sometimes I wonder why we’re ranked, you know? It’s weekend to weekend. We have a good team. (Saturday) night’s team looked great, (Sunday’s) team looked vey good. We’re just trying to build.”