The UCF Knights Baseball team does not have long to fill in an opening in its coaching staff before the 2023 season.
After four years with the program, pitching coach Nick Otte will leave the team to become the Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox organization.
The move was first reported by Kendall Rodgers of D1Baseball.
SOURCES: Nick Otte, who has spent the last four seasons as the pitching coach for @UCF_Baseball, is leaving to become the Minor League pitching coordinator for the @RedSox. Tough timing for #UCF, but program has ton to offer w/ move to #Big12 coming. #RedSox #UCF— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) December 18, 2022
During his tenure, Otte has worked with eight Knights pitchers that went on to be selected in the MLB Draft, with the most recent being Connor Staine and Hunter Patteson.
“Everything [Otte] does with us, it’s huge,” Staine said back in April after a 5-0 victory over USF. “I mean, from Day One we’ve been working on stuff mechanically.”
While not selected in the MLB Draft, FIU transfer pitcher William Saxton praised Otte after picking up a save in the Knights’ 3-2 win over UNC Greensboro.
“I mean, he’s awesome,” Saxton said. “Me and him, night and day, are just talking stuff, working through stuff...”
Head Coach Greg Lovelady has less than two months to fill the now-vacant pitching coach position before the Knights’ season begins in less than two months on Feb. 17 against Siena.