- Buddy Munroe
Former Gator catcher Buddy Munroe is in his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Florida baseball program following two seasons as the team’s student assistant coach. After being taken in the 22nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by Minnesota with the 672nd choice, Munroe played two seasons with the Twins’ minor league affiliates in Elizabethton (Tenn.) and Beloit (Wis.).
Munroe serves as the Gators’ first base coach and also helps instruct all players. His efforts in 2014 helped the squad bring home its third Southeastern Conference Championship in the past five years and become the second overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. UF has reached Regionals every year that he has been on the coaching staff.
In helping Florida reach the 2009 NCAA Gainesville Super Regional as a junior, Munroe played in 51 games, starting 40 games behind the plate and four as the designated hitter. He hit .270 with 26 RBI, 23 runs, 11 walks, seven doubles and five homers and was 3-for-4 on the basepaths. In SEC play, Munroe batted .275 with 14 runs, 14 RBI and five doubles. Eight of his 25 hits in league play went for extra bases, as he had five doubles and three round-trippers. He started two of the three games at catcher during the NCAA Gainesville Regional and was 2-for-5 in the finale against Miami (FL), with an RBI grounder in the five-run first inning and he later doubled and scored in the third stanza. Munroe delivered the game-winning hit, a walk-off single with a one-out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, to down Florida State on St. Patrick’s Day, when he was 3-for-5 with two RBI.
During his sophomore season in 2008, Munroe started at catcher 32 times in 38 games played and batted .237 with 17 RBI. He scored 15 runs, with four doubles, three homers and three sacrifice flies. Munroe started every game of the series at Ole Miss and was second on the squad with a .400 (4-for-10) effort. He set a season high with three RBI and belted his first homer in the finale, when he was 2-for-3 and scored twice to help UF secure its first series victory in Oxford since 1997. Munroe joined the Gators after seeing action in five games as a rookie at Clemson.
The Miami native was chosen all-state as a senior at Christopher Columbus High School under head coach Joe Weber. He was a member of the East Coast Professional Showcase and Florida Diamond Club in 2005, rated as the No. 195 prospect in the nation by Perfect Game and the No. 20 prospect in Florida by the organization. His squad captured the 6A state championship when he was a freshman.
Munroe earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Florida in 2013 and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in sport management with a minor in entrepreneurship at UF. He is engaged to be married to Nicole Critelli in October 2014.
The Buddy Munroe File
- Birthdate: August 28, 1987
- Hometown: Miami, Fla.
- Education: Bachelor of Arts - Anthropology, University of Florida, 2013
- Coaching Career:
- Student Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2012-13
- Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2013-present
- Collegiate Playing Career:
- Clemson University, 2007
- University of Florida, 2008-09
- Professional Baseball Experience:
- Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins (Rookie - Appalachian League), 2009-10
- Beloit (Wis.) Snappers, (Class A – Midwest League), 2009