Former professional baseball player and longtime coach Larry Williams joined the UMBC baseball staff in October 2012. Williams played professionally with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 1970-1975 before entering into the coaching and scouting field where he has worked ever since.
“We’re very excited to add Larry to our staff,” coach Mumma said. “He’s been involved in baseball, both playing and coaching, for a very long time and at a variety of levels. I expect he’ll be able to add a new dimension to our staff.”
In Williams’ first season with UMBC, the Retrievers recorded an eight-win improvement from 2012, going 18-30 overall with a 9-21 mark in the America East Conference. The defense improved its efficiency posting a .961 fielding percentage, up from .942 in 2012. With a steady defense behind it, the UMBC staff lowered its team ERA by over four points from the previous season.
Williams played middle infield for the Pirates’ minor league teams and will work specifically with the Retrievers’ infield defense, in addition to helping with hitting, bunting, and base running instruction.
“The staff last year did a great job, but anytime you can get a guy with Larry’s talents, it will help,” said coach Mumma. “With the changes to the bats, the game has shifted a little bit back towards small ball and I think we’ve found a guy that can really specialize in that and teach those skills.”
After his playing career finished, Williams immediately got into coaching while studying at Geneva College and then continuing on coaching at the University of Pittsburgh. Following a brief stint in the private sector, Williams returned to the diamond, working as a scout for the Pirates from 1980-1987.
During this time, Williams served on the board of directors for a construction firm and in 1998 took the head coaching position at nearby Northeast High School in Anne Arundel County. In 2003, Williams began working with the BATT Academy LLC and is now a managing partner for the private athletic performance and baseball development academy.
Williams returned to the scouting world in 2007 when he took a job with the Chicago Cubs to serve as an associate scout.
“I retired a couple of years ago, but I’ve been around the game my whole life and I missed coaching,” Williams said. “I had a couple of different offers, but UMBC presented a unique situation and a nice challenge and with the right people in place that really want to take the program to a new level.”
Williams and his wife Pat have two grown children, Anthony and Lauren, and currently reside in Pasadena, Md.