Zach Bove enters his eighth season as the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, College of Central Florida. Bove was the infield and hitting coach the first two sesaons before transitioning to the Patriots' pitching coach.
As the pitching coach, Bove has been instrumental in the development of the Patriots' pitching staff including four pitchers drafted in the past two years, second most of any Florida JUCO school. MLB draftees include: first round pick (28th overall) in Nate Pearson to the Toronto Blue Jays, Jackson Stoeckinger (12th round- Washington Nationals), Mark Potter (19th round-Phillies), Mike Cetta (24th round – Diamondbacks), and Franklin Hernandez (37th round- Brewers). Former Patriots Boomer Biegalski, Friday night starter for Florida State University and ACC Baseball Tournament MVP, was drafted in the 14th round of the 2015 draft and two-time Rawlings Div. II Pitcher of the Year David Lebron as selected in the 26th round by the Texas Rangers in 2018.
In his five years as the Patriots' pitching coach, Bove has moved more than 25 of his pitchers to the NCAA Div. I and II levels.
Last season, Bove helped lead the Patriots to a runner-up finish in the ever-tough Mid-Florida Conference, a Top 10 state ranking all 12 weeks, and a trip to the FCSAA State Tournament. As a staff, the Patriots gave up the fewest homers on the year (16), while ranking Top 15 in the FCSAA in ERA. Also, RHP Mark Potter garned FCSAA Pitcher of the Week honors. Bove developed two more major league arms in Mark Potter (12th round), Appalachian State University signee, and Franklin Hernandez (37th round), bringing his totals to a state-best four pitchers drafted in the past two years.
In 2017, Bove recruited and developed the program's highest-ever drafted player in Nate Pearson (28th overall- Toronto Blue Jays). Pearson finished No. 2 in the state, top 10 in the nation, for lowest ERA (1.58) and No. 3 in the state in total strikeouts (113). In addition to Pearson, University of Kentucky commit Jackson Stoeckinger was selected in the 12th round by the Washington Nationals to bring the total to two pitchers selected in the 2017 draft.
In 2016, Bove helped develop one of the top pitching staffs in the state with Cooper Wallace and David Lebron serving as a tough one-two punch for opponents. Lebron, a University of Tampa standout who went on to be named two-time Sunshine State Conference and Rawlings Div. II Pitcher of the Year, finished Top 3 in the state for most strike outs (94) and Top 5 for lowest earned run average. Wallace, who signed with Flagler College, finished tied for second for most wins in a season (9). As a staff, the Patriots were Top 10 in the FCSAA in lowest ERA and led the state in BB/9.
In 2014, Bove helped lead the Patriots to a No. 3 overall finish in the state tournament, losing to eventual NJCAA national runner-up Miami Dade in the FCSAA state semifinals. Star freshman pitcher Boomer Biegalski, a Florida State University standout, finished No. 1 in the state and second in the nation for most strike outs in a season (116).
Bove played for current Patriot head coach Marty Smith from 2006-08 where he was an all-conference performer. He helped lead his team to a Mid-Florida Conference title and state runner-up finish in 2007.
The Mid-Florida Conference Defensive Player of the Year then went on to play his final two years at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. Bove led the team in hitting each of his two seasons and was the first Saints player to be named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week. He was nominated as a team captain his senior season.
Bove began his coaching career as an assistant under former major league pitcher Alan Mills at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Fla. He was also an assistant coach in the Florida Collegiate Summer League.
Bove was a head coach in the JUCO Summer League during 2014 and 2015 summers where he led his team to a championship title. He also has been an instructor at many college summer camps around the country including UF and Clemson.
Bove received his Bachelors in Sport Management from Flagler College and his Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri. He resides in Ocala, Fla. with his wife, Kristina, and daughter, Quinn.