CLEMSON, S.C. – Former Tiger righthander David Kopp was added to the Clemson staff as a student assistant coach, announced by head coach Monte Lee. Kopp was a three-year letterman (2005-07) at Clemson and played eight seasons in the minors.
“We are very excited about having a former Tiger standout in David Kopp come back and be a part of our program,” said Lee. “With his experience here at Clemson and professionally, he will be a great resource for our players. We can’t wait for him to get started.”
The Margate, Fla., native was a starter and reliever on three Tiger teams that advanced to super regionals, including the 2006 squad that played in the College World Series and won the ACC title. Kopp had a 16-8 record and 4.18 ERA in 228.1 innings pitched over 60 appearances (32 starts) in his career.
As a freshman in 2005, he had a 4-3 record and one save in 22 appearances, then had a 6-2 record and 4.32 ERA in 20 appearances in 2006. He earned the win in both the Clemson Regional and Clemson Super Regional championship-clinching victories in 2006.
In his final season as a Tiger in 2007, Kopp was 6-3 with a 3.79 ERA in 18 starts, then was drafted in the second round (No. 71 overall pick) by the St. Louis Cardinals.
He played most of his eight years (2007-14) in the minors in the Cardinals’ organization, reaching as high as Triple-A. He had 27 career wins and a 4.51 ERA in 468.2 innings pitched over 165 appearances (64 starts). Kopp also made the Cardinals’ 40-man roster in 2010.
Kopp, a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, was born Oct. 22, 1985 in Coral Springs, Fla.
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