Brock Bennett Named Alabama Baseball’s Volunteer Assistant Coach
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head baseball coach Brad Bohannon officially announced the hiring of Brock Bennett to serve as volunteer assistant coach for the Crimson Tide. A member of the UA baseball team from 2007-11, Bennett, along with assistants Jerry Zulli and Jason Jackson, complete Bohannon’s inaugural coaching staff with his hiring on Monday morning.
“I’m so excited to bring a former Alabama baseball player back to our program in Brock Bennett,” said Bohannon. “Brock has a tremendous reputation here and across college baseball. He brings a lot of energy and is very positive, and his personality matches our whole staff. I am very pleased to be able to have him as part of my staff here in Tuscaloosa.”
Q and A with South Carolina’s Mark Kingston
Q. What’s the reception been like from the community?
A. Very good. I think before I was hired people wanted to know who the heck was this guy. Unlike football and basketball, I think most people don’t really have a great grasp of who the baseball coaches are around the country. Maybe four or five guys are recognizable in baseball. Football and basketball, everybody knows who the top 100 coaches are. But since I’ve gotten here, since I’ve had an opportunity to share my vision at the press conference, the reception has been very positive and very encouraging.
The Prospect League Players of the Week Announced for Week 9
ELKVILLE, Ill. – The Prospect League, in conjunction with Pointstreak and Blue Star Sports, is pleased to name Brian Sharp (Lafayette Aviators / University of Missouri) and David Flattery (Kokomo Jackrabbits / University of Nebraska-Omaha) as week nine Player and Pitcher of the Week.
Sharp, from Liberty, Mo., hit .391 (9-for-23) over six games during the week. The infielder also hit three doubles, three home runs and drove in seven. He also took seven walks and scored 11 runs during the week. On the season, Sharp is hitting .298 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs. Sharp has walked 40 times this season, third most in the Prospect League.
Flattery, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, started and earned the win in a nine-inning, complete-game shutout for Kokomo on July 27. Flattery allowed just three hits, walked two and struck out seven. On the season, the right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.90 ERA in four starts.
Iowa names Nic Ungs as Director of Operations
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa native Nic Ungs has been named the University of Iowa baseball program’s director of baseball operations, head coach Rick Heller announced Monday.
“It is great to have Nic join our staff,” said Heller. “His skill set is perfect for what we want and need from our operations position. Having coached Nic, I know his attitude, work ethic, and attention to detail are at an elite level. Nic is a great fit for our program and the University of Iowa.”
Ungs joins the Hawkeyes after working in information technology and spending nine years as the pitching coordinator with the Georgia Bombers Baseball Club in Atlanta. He coached 45 players that went on to play Division I baseball and nine players have been drafted in the last two Major League Baseball First-Year Player Drafts.