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Greg Lovelady will be taking over as the new head coach for the Knights, less than a week after Terry Rooney resigned.

“I want to thank Danny White and Brad Stricklin for their efforts on the search,” Lovelady said in a press release. “This is a great opportunity for me and my family. I’m looking forward to working with this group of guys to bring championships to UCF and Orlando.”

Lovelady is a former two-time national champion catcher with the University of Miami. His last head coaching stint was with the Wright State Raiders. He coached the Raiders the last three seasons and accumulated a record of 124-56.

During his time as head coach of the Raiders, Lovelady’s team won the Horizon League Regular Season and the Horizon League Tournament Championship several times.

“I’m very excited about the pedigree Greg Lovelady brings with him to UCF,” said Director of Athletics Danny White in the release. “With two national championships as a player at Miami and the success as a head coach at Wright State.”

Lovelady was the 2016 ABCDA/Diamond Mideast Region Coach of the Year and Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016.

“What he has accomplished during his tenure as a head coach is impressive,” White said in the release. “I look forward to seeing him continue to build on that sort of success with the Knights.”

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Jean Racine is Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @jeangracine or email him at JeanR@CentralFloridaFuture.com

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