The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is UConn pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Josh MacDonald, who is the reigning D1Baseball.com Assistant Coach of the Year.
A member of the longest-tenured coaching staff in college baseball, MacDonald has seen the Huskies earn NCAA tournament berths in seven of his 11 seasons. Jim Penders’ top assistant has led UConn to the super regional round twice, the latest coming in 2022.
MacDonald told hosts Dan Guttenplan and Matt Feld that he is in no hurry to accept a head coaching position.
“I’ve had some opportunities come up,” MacDonald said. “I didn’t think that they were better than the situation I have here. Again, I think with the coaching world, you see basically two sides of it. You see guys that can hop around and climb the occupational ladder to bigger jobs or more money. I’ve got nothing against those guys. My situation, I have a family with two kids. I have grandparents 15 minutes down the road. It’s not as easy for me to make those decisions and just leave. On top of that, I’m probably in one of the more unique situations in terms of how long my deal is as an assistant. I know that I have a deal that’s longer than most head coaches.”