Former University of South Florida pitcher Keith Strickland joined the Saint Leo Baseball staff in 2009 as he begins his seventh season overseeing the development of the Lions' pitchers.
Elevated from his previous volunteer role within the program, Strickland has a long history with the game of baseball. After graduating from high school, he spent five years as a pitcher for the University of South Florida where he served mostly in a relief role.
Strickland, a left-handed hurler, finished his career at USF with 67 relief appearances which ranked him eighth all-time in school history at the conclusion of his career. During his five-year stint with the Bulls, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native compiled a 7-2 overall record and was a team captain during his senior year.
Leaving college in 2002, Strickland would spend the next four years playing in the minor leagues before retiring from baseball in 2005 as a member of the Ohio Valley Redcoats in the Frontier League.
Intermixed in his minor league career, Strickland tried on his coaching hat for the first time when he was named to the coaching staff at Tampa Catholic High School under the Crusaders' Head Coach Tom Reidy. During his four-year stint on the TC staff, Strickland helped send nine pitchers into the college ranks and saw one pitcher get drafted.
Strickland's other tie to Saint Leo is through his younger brother, Ryan, who played for Saint Leo in 2002-03.
Keith Strickland currently resides in Lutz, Fla.