DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the hiring of Shaun Cole as the director of the 18U National Team program on Friday. The 2012 Collegiate Baseball National Pitching Coach of the Year while an assistant at the University of Arizona brings a wealth of baseball experience to a program that has won back-to-back World Cup titles, and gold medals in each of the previous three years.

"We are thrilled to add Shaun to the team," Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's executive director/CEO said. "Having someone with his level of experience and success provides the foundation for the 18U National Team to continue to build on the unprecedented success it has experienced in the last three years."

In this role, Cole will oversee the USA Baseball 18U National Team program, including the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball and the 17U National Team Identification Series -- the primary selection vehicles for the 18U National Team. Additionally, Cole will be responsible for hiring national team and event coaching staffs, hosting national team trials and training, and serving as the head of the U.S. delegation at 18U international baseball events.

Prior to joining USA Baseball, Cole served as the pitching coach for the University of Arizona for five seasons. In his time in Tucson, Cole led some of the most successful pitching staffs in school history, culminating in 2012 when the Wildcats won the Pac-12 title, and, ultimately, the College World Series title.

His 2012 starting rotation, led by Kurt Heyer, who finished as the nation's leader in wins with 13, combined for a 31-8 record and 3.30 ERA with 16 complete games.

A graduate of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Cole's resume includes baseball operations assignments for the general manager of the Tacoma Rainiers, the Seattle Mariners Triple-A affiliate, serving as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington, and directing baseball operations at Arizona while completing his master's degree from the University of Washington.

Cole will be relocating to the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina with his wife, Jackie.