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Faulkner's Patrick McCarthy, who guided the Eagles to the program's first-ever NAIA national championship this season, is one of five finalists for the first Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award, the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced here Saturday.

The award, which honors the top collegiate coach regardless of level, will be presented on June 29 at the College Baseball Night of Champions, as part of the annual Hall of Fame weekend in Lubbock. McCarthy will be present at the ceremony.

"It's an unbelievable honor to be a finalist for this award, especially because of who it's named after," said McCarthy, whose Eagles finished 56-11 en route to the NAIA World Series title in just his fourth season at Faulkner. "Skip Bertman showed all of us who coach college baseball how to do it the right way. He's a hero of mine."

Bertman coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national champi­onships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

The award finalists and winner are selected by a national committee of active and retired coach­es from all levels of college baseball.

Joining McCarthy as finalists for the inaugural award are Scott Brosius, who led NCAA Division III Linfield College to a 42-8 overall record and a 21-3 conference record; Mike Dickson, whose NJCAA Division III Gloucester County College Roadrunners finished the season with a 49-3 overall record and a 15-1 conference record; Paul Mainieri of LSU, whose Tigers currently have a 57-9 overall record and finished with a 23-7 conference record; and Tracy Smith, whose Indiana Hoosiers currently have a 48-18 overall record and finished with a 15-6 conference record.

"Three of these coaches have already led their teams to national championships and two have led their teams to Omaha for the College World Series and are still in the running to win a title," said College Baseball Hall of Fame executive director Mike Gustafson. "All of them led their teams to truly impressive records and all are very deserving candidates to be the first winner of the Skip Bertman Award."

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