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Rich Billings joined the Florida Atlantic University baseball coaching staff in August 2012 after a successful coaching stint at Lake-Sumter Community College in Clermont, Fla.
When Billings was hired as its head coach in 2007 he became one of the youngest college head coaches in the country at 23 years old. He served two seasons as an assistant coach at the college.
During Billings' 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.
Billings coached former Owls standout Nick DelGuidice in 2008, a season in which the infielder earned Florida State Defensive Player of the Year honors. DelGuidice set a FAU record for career doubles, earned National Player of the Week honors and is now playing professionally within the Kansas City Royals' minor league organization. Over 40 Billings-coached players advanced to play at four-year collegiate programs. He also coached outfielder Nathan Pittman in 2013 who was named second team All-Sun Belt.
Billings' teams set school marks in fielding percentage (.955 in 2008), team batting average (.300 in 2009) and earned run average (3.78 in 2012). Lake-Sumter made its first appearance in the Florida College System Activities Association state tournament in 2011.
Billings is a 2005 graduate of East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in history. He would later earn a Master's in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2011.
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