Trojans’ Vick joins Auburn baseball staff as assistantPublished 11:23am Thursday, August 1, 2013
Hunter Vick, who helped lead Central Alabama Community College to the 2013 NJCAA National Championship as an assistant, has been named Auburn’s volunteer assistant baseball coach, head coach Sunny Golloway announced today.
Vick brings four years of collegiate coaching experience and three years of coaching in the professional ranks to the Tigers’ staff.
“I’m very happy to be here,” Vick said. “I look forward to the plans Coach Golloway has for Auburn baseball. I’ve worked Auburn camps in the past, and we’ve got a lot of things in common. I knew Greg Norton when he was at Tampa Bay and he got called up to the majors a couple of times. When we talked, he thought I reminded him a lot of himself.”
Vick will work with the Tigers’ infielders alongside Golloway.
He will also assist with camps, off-field operations and on-campus recruiting
Golloway said the hire of Vick brings more experience to the dugout and should pay dividends in the recruiting of junior college players.
“We’ve very excited to add Hunter Vick to our coaching staff, and that completes our staff,” Golloway said. “He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge as an infield instructor, and has really groomed some talented players over the years. He’s very excited and loves Auburn, which was very important to me. I think that he will work very well with our coaching staff. Chemistry played a big factor. The fact that he knows the junior colleges in our area and the fact that he helped coach a team to a national championship and is a proven winner also came into play. We’re very excited for him and his wife, Lauren, to be part of the Auburn family.”
He spent two seasons at CACC, capturing a national title in 2013 and climbing as high as No. 2 in the NJCAA national rankings in 2012.
Central Alabama head baseball coach Wynn Fletcher said Vick’s coaching was a valuable asset.
“He meant everything,” Fletcher said. “He helped to recruit some of the better players in the state at our level, and he was a great developer of talent. He’s paid his dues, and I’m excited to see where he goes from here. It’s a good time to be Hunter Vick, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of him.”
The Trojans posted an 86-26 record under his leadership.
Prior to CACC, he was an assistant coach for two years at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.
While there, he helped the team’s defense record a .972 fielding percentage in 2010, the top fielding mark in the nation.