TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FSU softball head coach Lonni Alameda has added the next piece of her coaching staff with the hiring of assistant coach Troy Cameron.
Cameron comes to Tallahassee after seven years as the high school baseball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He been named the District Coach of the Year in all seven seasons (2013-19), led the Raiders to District Championships and the Regional semifinals each year, including two regional championships (2013 & 2018) and the 2018 FHSAA 8A State Championship. He has coached seven players that have been drafted and are currently playing professional baseball, as well as 49 players that have gone to play college baseball, with 22 at the Division I level.
“I have always been a Seminole,” said Cameron. “My dream has always been to wear the Garnet and Gold, and thanks to Lonni and Travis, not only do I get to live out that dream, but I get to share it with my wife Lauren, daughter Jaden, and a baby boy on the way. I owe everything to St. Thomas Aquinas for giving me a chance to start my coaching career, and thank you also to the hundreds of kids that have played for me and have been a part of my journey.”
A first-round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 1997 (29th overall), Cameron played nine years of professional baseball with five different organizations – Atlanta, Cleveland, Colorado, Chicago White Sox and San Diego. Cameron signed a national letter of intent to play college baseball at Florida State under Mike Martin, but pursued professional baseball out of high school after he was drafted in the first round.
“The culture of our program has been built by many people that love FSU,” said Alameda. “Troy and Lauren love FSU, love Tallahassee and want to be here to make a difference. We pride ourselves with sincere family values and I am so happy for this opportunity to welcome the Cameron family to our program.
“Troy brings a depth of knowledge and experience that will expand our coaching staff’s vision and will allow us to continue to grow in numerous areas. I am excited of the previous relationship Travis and Troy have had, which will immediately allow him to jump in with a passion to teach the offense, defense and the mental game with our players. We are very lucky to have the Cameron family join our Seminole softball family.”
Cameron reunites with FSU assistant coach Travis Wilson, as the pair made their professional baseball debuts in Rookie League together with the Danville Braves in 1997. Cameron and Wilson were roommates, as well as teammates, for five different seasons within the Braves organization through Rookie, A and A+ ball from 1997-2001.
“I’m delighted Troy has accepted this position,” Wilson said. “FSU Softball is getting a quality guy who is committed to developing athletes both on and off the field. I’m excited to get him and his family up to Tallahassee. He brings a wealth of knowledge about game management, recruiting of young athletes and will be an excellent fit with this coaching staff.”
Through his nine seasons of professional baseball as an infielder, advancing to AAA with the Portland Beavers, Cameron posted a career batting average of .238 with 782 hits, 178 doubles, 26 triples, 122 home runs, 477 RBI and 496 runs scored.
Along with being the coach of St. Thomas Aquinas, he has worked with USA Baseball in numerous capacities since 2013, including as an assistant on the 15U National Team in 2017, which won the gold medal at the Pan Am Championships, and currently as the manager of the 2019 15U National Team, that will compete at the 2019 Pan Am Championships in Mexico in September.
A graduate of Florida Atlantic in 2012, Cameron has worked in insurance along with coaching baseball at St. Thomas Aquinas. Cameron is married to his wife Lauren and they have a daughter Jaden, with a baby boy due later this year.
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