Senior trio closed out season with solid performance; sets tone for 2014
Nittany Lions Return Coates, Coban, Farkes and Kendall in 2014
Nittany Lions open home schedule on Wednesday, March 20 vs. Akron
Nittany Lions posted a 4-4 record during their spring trip to Texas last week
Penn State opens the 2013 with three games at East Tennessee State
Photos from Penn State's Big Ten Tournament contest with Nebraska
Eric Folmar enters his eighth season as an assistant coach at Penn State. He serves as the program's recruiting coordinator and is responsible for coaching the infielders, outfielders and base running, as well as assisting with day-to-day operations. He also serves as the team's third base coach. Prior to Penn State, he spent four years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Old Dominion.
Folmar has teamed with pitching coach Jason Bell to bring top talent to Happy Valley. He has brought in players like former pitcher Drew O'Neil, who went on to twice be selected in the top 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft. After getting drafted in the eighth round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, he chose to remain in school and was then picked in the fourth round by the Chicago White Sox in `08. Folmar has also recruited some of the top in-state talent as 15 members of the current team are from the Keystone State.
Folmar's work with the infielders and outfielders contributed significantly to the Nittany Lions' success in 2012, as the team finished the season with a .966 fielding percentage. Current centerfielder Steve Snyder led the pack as he fielded at a 1.000 clip in 54 games. Penn State tied for third place in the Big Ten with a record of 15-9.
Penn State has consistently been near the top of the Big Ten in double plays since Folmar's arrival. Jordan Steranka broke the PSU doubles record in 2012, ending his career with 59 doubles after posting 20 in 2012. Joey DeBernardis holds the record of most doubles in a single season with 25 in 2011. Additionally, Sean Deegan sits atop the record books in triples, holding 15 in his four-year career. In 2009, the Nittany Lions turned the most double plays in the conference (66), four ahead of Indiana in second. They also finished the 2010 season with a .967 team fielding percentage, better than the Big Ten average and their best showing since 2006.
In 2008, the Nittany Lion infield fielded the second most double plays in the Big Ten (56). It was also second in assists with 640, led by Landon Nakata's conference-leading 179.
The Penn State infield had its second-consecutive solid year under Folmar's direction in 2007, as the Nittany Lions fielded at a .963 clip. Second baseman Matt Cavagnaro was one of the top defensive players in the country, finishing with just five errors and a remarkable .983 fielding percentage.
Folmar's work with the infield was instrumental in Penn State committing the second-fewest errors in the conference in 2006. The Nittany Lions were tied for third in the Big Ten in fielding percentage that year.
In addition, first baseman Cory Wine easily obtained the school record for career putouts with 1,903, a full 710 ahead of Mike DeRenzo in second place. Wine currently owns the top two single-season marks with 521 (2007) and 505 (2008), respectively. Wine sits ahead of DeBernardis in third (484;2011) and fourth (472; 2010), respectively.
While Folmar was at Old Dominion from 2002-05, he was responsible for coaching the infielders and catchers while assisting with recruiting. Folmar also served as the Monarchs' camp coordinator. Prior to returning to his alma mater following the 2001 season, he served for two years as an assistant coach at Young Harris Junior College (Young Harris, Ga.), the same junior college as former Nittany Lions Michael Glantz and C.J. Smith. While there, he coached the team's infielders and catchers and acted as the baseball camp coordinator. The Mountain Lions won 82 games and two conference titles in his two years.
Folmar was a four-year starter at Old Dominion from 1996-1999, helping lead the Monarchs to three Colonial Athletic Association Championship game appearances. The Monarchs went on to win the 1996 CAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals.
A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Folmar earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Old Dominion in 1999. He is married to former Monarch field hockey All-American Kim Miller, a former member of the U.S. National Team. The couple has five children, Bryce, Zac, Alex, Tyler and Mia.