Staff
Head Baseball Coach
Joe Raccuia

For Radford head baseball coach Joe Raccuia, the Highlander uniform is a comfortable, familiar fit.


Raccuia, a 1995 Radford graduate, returned to his roots on July 10, 2007 when he was named the fifth head coach in Radford baseball history. A Radford uniform is also a winning fit for Raccuia: he's been a part of 186 total wins as a player (1994-95), assistant coach (1996) and head coach (2008-present), better than 30 percent of the program's all-time victories dating back to 1985.


Included in those seasons are both of Radford's 30-win campaigns: he was a team captain in 1995 when the Highlanders won 30 games and was the head coach leading RU to a school-record 31 wins in 2011.


In each of his four years the Highlanders have improved on their win total, including the record-setting 2011 season and a 29-win campaign in 2010. Following the 2011 season, Radford is the only Big South school to improve its overall win total in each season over the last six years.


Raccuia's success has come both on and off the field of play, including facilities, player development, recruiting and academics.


On his watch, two major baseball facilities have opened: the on-campus hitting facility and RU Baseball Stadium. The stadium, which opened on April 8, 2011, became the cornerstone of Radford's program thanks in part to Raccuia's extensive fund-raising and planning efforts. The project went from conception in the Fall of 2010, to completion during the 2011 season as a result of his work. Raccuia also spearheaded the work done to the playing surface and dugouts in time for the 2010 season. All of the improvements to the facilities marked the first major capital upgrades since Raccuia's playing days at RU

Many of his wins can be attributed to his work in player development: a nucleus of players that he inherited in the early stages of their careers helped the program turn the corner. Four of those players capped their careers in the 29-win season: Reggie Keen, Tyren Rivers, Raphael Turner and Aerik Taylor. Keen went on to a professional career after a solid three years under Raccuia with a .354 career batting average, fourth all-time at Radford; Rivers became the school's single-season and career stolen bases leader in Raccuia's offensive system; Turner overcame injuries to post a team triple-crown season as a fifth-year senior; Taylor transferred in and assumed the role of ace starting pitcher in Raccuia's second season. Alex Gregory and Eric Evans were part of the turnaround and flourished at the beginning of Raccuia's stint at Radford: Gregory finished his career with back-to-back .400 seasons (2008-09) at the plate under Raccuia, while Evans anchored the pitching staff in 2008 with 14 starts and a 3.34 ERA. Gregory and Evans were both Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft picks.


Raccuia's recruits have been major contributors to Radford's improvement and have made their marks in the school record books and in the conference annals. Eight of Raccuia's recruits have matched or established new school records, including Abram Williams and his career and single-season saves marks, and Eddie Butler with his single-season victories record. In 2011, Butler became the first Radford player since former major leaguer Ryan Speier (2001) to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Jeff Kemp, a team captain in 2011, became the first Radford player to earn Big South Freshman of the Year honors in 2009. Including a record six all-conference selections in 2011, 16 of Raccuia's players have earned all-conference honors.

Assistant Baseball Coach
Matt Rein

Radford head coach Joe Raccuia announced the addition of Matt Rein as an assistant to his baseball staff on Jan. 10, 2018.

Rein will work with the Highlander pitching staff while assisting in recruiting.

"I want to thank coach Raccuia for giving me the opportunity to continue my coaching career at Radford," Rein said. "I am excited to continue the success that has been Radford baseball and to return to the Big South."

Rein comes to Radford after serving as the pitching coach at Coker (S.C.) for the past two seasons. In his second season with the Cobras, Rein's staff turned in a 5.54 ERA with two pitchers earning all-conference honors.

In his first season working with the Coker pitching staff, Rein helped guide the Cobras to a 28-20 overall record, a 12-12 mark in South Atlantic Conference play and a trip to the South Atlantic Conference tournament. The Cobras saw the benefits of Rein as the staff lowered its team ERA from 8.00 to 5.59 in his first season.

"I am really excited about Matt joining our staff. From the first conversation, I knew there was something special about him and his ability to develop pitchers," Raccuia stated. "He is a guy that has pitched at the highest level of college baseball, pitched in professional baseball and has shown over the last four years that he can develop a pitching staff. He has a great plan for this young pitching staff and I can't wait for him to get his hands on them."

Rein arrived at Coker after a two-year stint at Longwood, where he guided a Lancer pitching staff that posted a 5.45 ERA with 440 strikeouts in 2015.

Prior to coaching at Longwood, Rein spent time in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system as a member of the Johnson City Cardinals and Batavia Muckdogs. He made 15 appearances on the mound in 2011 for Johnson City, compiling a 2-1 record with a 3.60 ERA. He hurled 26 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched, while allowing 23 hits for a .284 average.

Rein also spent a summer pitching for the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League. He made 20 appearances, including 18 starts, throwing 121.1 innings with a 2.36 ERA.

No stranger to the Big South, Rein was a four-year standout at Coastal Carolina. In 2011, he was named an American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) All-American after earning Big South Pitcher of the Year accolades. He was also a two-time All-Big South First Team selection, totaling 21 career wins with a 2.99 career ERA for the Chanticleers.

A native of Houston, Texas, he received his bachelor's degree from Coastal Carolina in May 2013.

Assistant Baseball Coach
Josh Reavis

Radford head coach Joe Raccuia announced the addition of former

Highlander captain Josh Reavis as a volunteer assistant coach to his

2017-18 baseball staff on June 23, 2017.

“The Radford baseball program is excited to welcome back one of its best players and leaders in program history,” Raccuia noted. “His love of our program will spotlight through his tremendous work ethic and he will

be a great model for our guys. Josh will work with our hitters,catchers and baserunners on a daily basis.”

In his role with the Highlanders, Reavis will work with catchers and hitters, in addition to helping with all other facets of the program. Reavis will serve as camp coordinator for all Radford Baseball Camps.

Reavis returns to Radford following a two-year stint in the Toronto Blue

Jays organization. The former Highlander backstop spent his two seasons

between the Northwest League’s Vancouver Canadians and the Appalachian League’s Bluefield Blue Jays.

“I'm happy to be back at Radford and look forward to the opportunity to do whatever it takes to help develop our student-athletes on-and-off the

field,” Reavis added. “The program has continued on the success built from our 2015 team after winning the program’s second Big South title in

the last three years.”

As a player for Radford, Reavis helped lead the Highlanders to 137 wins and 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance. The Midlothian, Va., native was instrumental in leading the Highlanders to their first Big South Regular Season and Tournament Championships in program history.

A career .290 hitter, Reavis appeared in 170 games over his four-year career, starting in 147 of them. Reavis tallied 165 hits over the span, driving in 100 runs and scoring 109. The 2015 season saw him drive in a career-best 41 runs on 12 doubles. Over his career, Reavis was hit by 24

pitches, which rank 10th in program history, including getting plunked 13 times his senior season.

Reavis earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise sport and health education from Radford in 2015. He was a 38th round selection by the Blue Jays in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“Not all players can transition to coaching, but when Josh left Radford as a player there was no question that coaching was in his blood,” Raccuia said. “I am confident that our student-athletes will excel through working with him. There is no doubt that our program will benefit from Josh's experience, passion and work ethic.”

Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach
Elliott McCummings

Radford baseball head coach Joe Raccuia
completed his 2019 coaching staff with the addition of Elliot
McCummings in the volunteer assistant coach role, the program announced
Monday afternoon.

McCummings comes to Radford after serving as an assistant coach for
Louisburg College for the 2018 season. The Hurricanes went 31-22 and
11-11 in Region X Conference a season ago.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity to be a part of a program like
Radford who has a really good tradition of winning," McCummings added.
"Just excited to join a great staff and work with talented players."

In his role with the Highlanders, McCummings will work with outfielders,
in addition to helping with all other facets of the program. McCummings
will serve as camp coordinator for all Radford Baseball Camps.

"We had a lot of interest in the volunteer position. It is a valued spot
in this program and I am really excited Elliot chose to join Radford
baseball," Raccuia said. "He is another passionate and hardworking guy
that truly understands what it will take to continue to advance his
career."

McCummings began his collegiate career at Potomac State, where he led
the Catamounts to a Region XX Championship and 80-32 record in two
seasons as an outfielder. He was named a NJCAA Second Team All-American
after hitting .394 with 76 hits, 57 RBIs and 50 runs as a freshman.

After spending two seasons at Potomac State, McCummings closed out his
college career at Jacksonville State, starting 108 games in two seasons.
He hit .320 in his career with 126 hits, 75 RBIs, 67 runs, 33 doubles
and eight home runs.

A native of Gloucester, N.J., McCummings graduated with a degree in exercise science from Jacksonville State in 2017.

For all questions or concerns regarding Radford Baseball Camps please contact camp coordinator Elliott McCummings at emccummings@radford.edu.