Doug Little Named to NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame
The NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association announced its 2016 Hall of Fame class Tuesday. This year's inductees includes Potomac State College’s Head Baseball Coach Doug Little.
In two stints as head coach of Potomac State, Doug Little has proven to be an invaluable asset to the Catamounts program. Boasting a 615-257 record entering his 19th season in Keyser, Little is seeking his seventh national tournament appearance.
Upon his arrival in 1993, Potomac State immediately began to experience success under the direction of Little. The Catamounts posted a 30-13 record in his first season and made the program's first postseason appearance with a spot in the NJCAA DII Baseball World Series. Little guided the Catamounts back to the national tournament in 1994 where they placed second, finishing with a 30-6 overall record.
Moving to the NCAA in 1995, Little accepted an assistant position at West Virginia where he would spend the next five seasons. The Mountaineers benefited greatly from Little's coaching and recruiting talents, posting three consecutive 30-win seasons and claiming back-to-back Big East Conference divisional crowns in 1996 and 1997.
Little returning to Potomac State in 2000 to be reinstated as head baseball coach with the additional responsibility as athletic director – a position he stepped away from in 2004. Despite a move to the NJCAA DI level, the Catamounts picked up right where they left off under Little's tutelage. They recorded four straight 30-win seasons before earning the program's first trip to the NJCAA DI Baseball World Series in 2004 – the first of three consecutive appearances at the national tournament. Potomac State qualified for its fourth NJCAA DI World Series in 2011.
Coaching a number of student-athletes recognized on the national level, Little's products have proven to be among the best in the country. The success of Little's players culminated in 2015 when Catamounts sophomore Evan Mitchell was named the Spalding® NJCAA DI Pitcher of the Year.
Following his high school graduation in 1984, Little played outfield at Alderson Broaddus – a former NAIA program – where he'd earn All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors in two seasons. Little would go on to earn his bachelor's degree from Alderson Broaddus and master's degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and West Virginia Wesleyan University.