McDermott Elevated to Associate Head Coach; Baseball Announces Additions
Sept. 12, 2013
CHICAGO – UIC head baseball coach Mike Dee recently announced the elevation of Sean McDermott to Associate Head Coach and the addition of three new staff members. Jack Lupo, Andy Leonard and Harry Kammholz are welcomed to the baseball program and will hold positions on staff for the 2013-14 season.
“Sean is certainly deserving of this distinction and I’m truly excited for him,” said Dee. “He has been with me from the beginning and is a major part of what we do. I’m glad he is being acknowledged for all of his hard work.”
McDermott has spent the past 15 seasons as Dee’s top assistant and has played an integral role in building the UIC program to a perennial league champion. Since McDermott and Dee came to UIC in 1999, the Flames have captured 10 Horizon League regular season titles and produced 74 All-Conference selections. Under their leadership, the baseball program has experienced unparalleled championship success, garnering first-place or runner-up honors on nine separate occasions in the Horizon League Tournament.
Lupo will serve as the Flames’ Volunteer and First Base Coach after recently graduating from Vanderbilt University. Lupo played three seasons with the Commodores after attending the Air Force Academy during his freshman year. The Indianapolis native helped the ‘Dores claim two SEC titles in 2011 and 2013, while reaching the College World Series during his sophomore year. The two-year starting outfielder also guided VU to a No. 1 ranking in the national polls for numerous weeks during the 2013 season. Lupo was a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
“We are very lucky to have Jack involved with our club,” said Dee. “He is a smart and dedicated individual and has hit the ground running. His experience at Vanderbilt will no doubt provide us a championship perspective.”
Leonard returns to UIC after serving as a four-year starter for the Flames and graduating in the spring of 2011. Leonard stands as the program’s all-time leader in doubles and at-bats with 63 and 801, respectively. He joins the staff as the Director of Operations and will pursue a master’s degree in accounting.
Recent 2013 UIC graduate Harry Kammholz will stay on with the baseball program as the Video and Operations Coordinator. Kammholz competed for the Flames from 2010-13 after receiving a redshirt his first season on campus. He will attend graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership.
“It’s extremely rewarding to me when former players come back and join the staff,” said Dee. ”Andy and Harry will bring great energy and experience to our program.”