Owls begin season Feb. 15th
Owls will play three games to conclude fall practices
Owls went through 14 intra-squad scrimmages, World Series and two games
Signing class features seven high school and four junior college transfers from Florida
Teams combine to hit four home runs
Dickie Hart joined the Florida Atlantic University baseball coaching staff in August and will serve as the program's hitting and infield coach.
Hart was a middle infielder during one of the most successful periods in the program's proud history, recording a .641 winning percentage (154-86). He ranks second in school history with 74 runs scored during the 1999 season, when he earned first-team All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors and was an honorable mention All-American selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association. That senior season, Hart helped FAU tie a NCAA record with 34 consecutive victories. He played professionally with the Anaheim Angels for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
During Hart's first season with the Owls, the program captured a Sun Belt Conference title and made an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, where they defeated No. 1 seed UNC. Under his guidance as hitting coach, the Owls racked up 175 extra-base hits and 47 home runs.
Hart's coaching career included a successful three-year coaching stint at Tarpon Springs High School near Tampa. He earned 5A Pinellas Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and was named the 2012 Pinellas County Coach of the Year after compiling a 24-5 record. His teams made two regional appearances and won district championships. He has also been an associate scout within the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Overall he had a .620 winning percentage (54-33 record) in the three seasons as head coach.
This is Hart's second stint on the FAU baseball coaching staff, serving as a volunteer coach in 2003 while earning a master's degree in business, with a concentration in sports administration. He also worked in the Owls' athletic marketing department.