Virginia coach Brian O’Connor was asked Friday what he considered to be the three most important elements in building a program for the long haul.
Virginia is making its third College World Series appearance under O’Connor.
The Cavaliers first punched their Omaha ticket in Oxford, winning a super regional third game against Ole Miss at Swayze Field.
O’Connor outlined his three-point plan for consistent success.
“Pitching, pitching, pitching. Are we finished?” he said.
Virginia ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 2.21 staff ERA. The Cavs returned 11 pitchers from 2013, eight of which threw at least 30 innings.
After he focused on pitching O’Connor highlighted his other three top components for consistency which were assistant coach selection, recruiting – character and ability – and player development.
“You have those coaches to recruiting the right young men, then you have to develop them,” O’Connor said. “We’re proud of what we’ve been able to do from a player development standpoint. The players coming in are getting better and are moving on to professional baseball, but during their time at Virginia helping us win a lot of ballgames.”