Having six pitchers drafted in three years would be a great accomplishment for any coach and it's no different for ISU pitching coach Seth Kenny.
In 2006, right-handers Dan Frega (Cleveland Indians) and Kitt Kopach (Chicago Cubs) were both selected in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected former Redbird Matt Fowles in the 27th round in 2005. Kenny also coached three draftees from the 2004 class who were selected in the first 25 rounds. In his first season at ISU in 2003, he also worked with current Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jeremy Accardo.
Kenny's work in recruiting has also paid off, as he helped bring in two all-state pitchers in 2007 in Ryan Copeland and Josh Schultz. Two-way threat Dan Weston could also help in the ISU rotation in the future.
With that kind of track record and young, but experienced arms ready for 2007, Kenny could be looking to send some current Redbirds to the draft soon.
In just his second year on the ISU staff, Kenny's pitchers were second in the league in total team strikeouts in 2004, setting an Illinois State record for a pitching staff in a season with 438.
Prior to his time at Illinois State, Kenny was the pitching coach at Austin Peay State for two years.
The Novato, Calif., native began his playing career at Eastern Michigan where he played four seasons under head coach Roger Coryell from 1995-98 before moving on to the Oakland A's organization in 1998.
For the A's, Kenny played the 1998 season with Southern Oregon, a short-season Class-A club. He spent the 1999 season pitching for the Modesto A's of the California League, a Class-A affiliate, before leaving to pursue a career in coaching.
Kenny, who is also the camp coordinator for Illinois State, holds a degree in physical education from Eastern Michigan. The 30-year-old resides with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Calli (1), in Bloomington. The couple is also expecting their second child in the spring.