LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University baseball staff has hired Taylor Sandefur as the new pitching coach for the Knights for the 2016-17 season.
Sandefur joins the Knights coaching staff after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Appalachian State University where he spent time working with many positions. While assisting with the pitchers and hitters, Sandefur’s main responsibilities were with the catchers and base runners. He helped compile a combined .696 Stolen Base Attempt percentage in his two seasons at ASU.
Prior to serving as assistant at ASU, Sandefur joined the coaching ranks shortly after his collegiate playing career as the Pitching Coach for the Aldie Senators who compete in The Valley League, a highly competitive Collegiate Summer League located in Virginia.
Sandefur’s playing career was spent at Western Carolina University, 2009-2014. Sandefur was a pitcher for three seasons at WCU, compiling a 4-5 career record with 71 strikeouts over 38 appearances. He suffered a devastating shoulder injury prior to his junior season that limited him to just 13.2 innings of work over the next two years, 2012 and 2013.
Plagued by the shoulder woes, Sandefur made the transformation to designated hitter as a fifth-year senior in 2014 and became one of the Southern Conference’s most feared hitters, batting .310 with five doubles, a home run and 13 RBI in just 84 at-bats. Despite the limited playing time, he was named second-team all-state by the North Carolina Sports Information Association and was one of 80 players on the initial watch list for the 2014 Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year Award. He also served as a team captain as a senior.
Sandefur was not only a standout player for WCU but also for his summer collegiate teams. In 2011 Sandefur had the honor to compete in the famous Cape Cod Summer League reserved for the top collegiate players in the country. Sandefur played with the Falmouth Commodores and by the end of the summer he was ranked in the top 100 prospects of the Cape Cod League. In 2010 and 2013 was voted the Cy Young Award and Top Prospect for the Valley League in Virginia.
Sandefur graduated from Western Carolina in 2014 with a B.S. in communication.
A Mechanicsville, Virgina, native, Sandefur was a three-time all-district selection and four-time all-academic honoree during his prep career at Atlee High School in Virginia.