As new UCF baseball pitcher Trevor Holloway prepares for his first season with the Knights, he is bringing his signature breaking ball, a sense for analytics and significant experience with him.
Holloway, a junior, joins UCF after playing last season at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, where he helped the Indians win the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association World Series. Before that, he spent his freshman season at High Point in North Carolina.
"[UCF] was the best place for me to go and I firmly believe that,” Holloway said. “The way that the coaches run the program, what they do with stats and how they develop players, I knew that I could be a much better pitcher than I was last year here, and make a big impact here as well."
Holloway spent the fall with UCF, getting to know and practice with his new coaches and teammates. He said he already had the chance to get first impressions of the school itself and his new team.
“The school has been great. Everything is exactly as advertised and it’s been very fun coming in,” he said. “The coaches have been great, the guys have been great and the culture around here is something that is very unique.”
The right-handed pitcher posted a 3.36 ERA as a sophomore, which was the third-best mark for any Chipola pitcher. Holloway said he sees any success as a product of his overall work ethic.
“I think I bring a competitive nature," he said. "I want to go in and work hard to do it. Making sure that you’re prepared to go out and win and doing the work throughout the week to make sure you’re in the best possible position to win... I hope that rubs off on my teammates.”
Originally from Venice, Florida, Holloway has made his way from the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle and now to Orlando. He said he believes he has found his place at UCF and that it is the best fit for his abilities.
One person that has recognized Holloway's skill and potential for the upcoming season is UCF head coach Greg Lovelady, who raved about him at the team's media day on Jan. 25.
“He’s been great, a much-needed addition," Lovelady said. "He’s got some D1 experience, being a guy that was at High Point as a freshman and then obviously went to Chipola with the success that they’ve had. He pitched a ton down the stretch for them in big games and the World Series."
To inspire his hard work and attention to analytics, Holloway said he follows professionals such as Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer, who places an emphasis on analytics. Holloway's attention to detail is something Lovelady said he has already noticed.
"[He] really had a great fall," Lovelady said. "He’s real methodical, really analytical. He's in [pitching coach Nick Otte's] office every day just wanting to watch a video, trying to get better... [I'm] very impressed with his work ethic and his maturity."
Holloway said his biggest goal for the season is to help the team win in any way he can. More than his own individual achievements in 2019, he said the goal for the team is to get to Omaha and win the College World Series.
"For the team, win the World Series," he said. "There’s a lot of steps to get there and understanding each step to get to that goal, but that’s the Holy Grail.”