Barry Craddock, a longtime assistant coach at The College of Wooster, is serving as the interim head coach at his alma mater for the 2019-20 academic year.
Craddock rejoined Wooster’s staff in 2008 and has been heavily involved in every facet of the program. Most recently, Craddock handled the program’s recruiting duties, worked closely with the pitchers, called the games, and served as the third base coach.
From 2000-2007, Craddock transformed the Denison University baseball program from an also-ran into a regular contender for championships in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Overall, he compiled a school-record 182 victories (182-130).
Highlighting Craddock’s tenure, Denison produced a pair of 30-win seasons – 31-12 in 2003 and 31-7 in 2004 – and advanced to the finals of the NCAC Tournament three times (2003, 2004, 2005). In fact, the Big Red were just one out away from capturing the title and earning their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2005.
As an assistant at Wooster previously, Craddock served as the pitching coach for four years. During that stretch (1996-1999), the Scots went 154-43-1, even reaching the 1997 NCAA Div. III national championship game. In addition to the regional title that year, the Scots were NCAC champions in 1998.
Craddock was a member of a Mideast Regional championship team as a player, too. It was his senior season (1994), when the left-hander went 3-2 with two saves, a 4.32 ERA, and 33 strikeouts over 56 1/3 innings. For his career, Craddock was primarily a reliever, appearing in 52 games and earning seven saves – third-most in team history in both categories upon graduation.
A native of nearby Rittman, Ohio, Craddock earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College.