Oct. 31, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Eric Folmar, who spent the previous eight seasons at Penn State, has joined the Army baseball coaching staff, Black Knights interim head coach Matt Reid announced.
Folmar, a 1999 graduate of Old Dominion, will serve as an assistant coach on Reid's staff and will have oversight of the outfielders while working with the offense. He will also have recruiting responsibilities.
"Eric has been around the highest levels of baseball and is a tremendous addition to our staff," said Reid. "His work ethic, energy, recruiting ability and knowledge of the game are among his best qualities. He is excited to get started and to get to know our systems, players and philosophies and West Point."
Folmar coached at Penn State for eight seasons and in addition to serving as the program's recruiting coordinator, handled third-base coaching duties, infielders and base running.
While in Happy Valley, Folmar was part of 200 victories, including 32 in 2011 and 31 in 2007.
Folmar recruited pitcher Drew O'Neil who established the school save record and was drafted in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. He also brought catcher Ben Heath to Penn State. Heath set the school record for home runs with 19, was an All-American and drafted in the fifth round. In total, Folmar coached or recruited 21 players who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, mentored 22 All Big Ten player and 54 Academic Big Ten selections.
Prior to working at Penn State, Folmar coached at his alma mater, Old Dominion from 2002-05 where he worked with the infielder, outfielders, catchers and base running through his tenure while also assisting in recruiting.
Among the 15 players he coached or recruited that were chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft was Justin Verlander, a Cy Young winner and Most Valuable Player choice.
Folmar began his coaching career at Young Harris Junior College in Georgia where he served as camp coordinator and coached infielders and catchers. During his two seasons, the Mountain Lions won 82 games and a pair of conference championships.
During his playing days at Old Dominion from 1996-99, he helped the Monarchs to three Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game appearances, a CAA regular season and tournament championships and was part of a team that appeared in the NCAA Regionals.
A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Folmar earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He and his wife Kim Miller, a field hockey All-American at Old Dominion and a member of the U.S. National Team, have five children, Bryce, Zac, Alex, Tyler and Mia.