Karl Nonemaker, a former All-SEC outfielder at Vanderbilt, is in his third year as an assistant for Auburn. Nonemaker, who works with the Auburn outfielders and hitters, joined the Auburn staff on August 10, 2004.
A four-year letterman at Vanderbilt from 1999-2002, Nonemaker is the Commodores' career leader in base hits (283) and is third on the school's career batting average chart with a .369 average. A native of Roxbury, N.J., Nonemaker was a freshman All-American in 1999 after posting a .415 batting average. He earned All-Southeastern Conference and All-South Region honors as a sophomore after hitting .393 with eight home runs and 56 RBI.
"Karl does an outstanding job working with the hitters," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "His expereince as one of the best players in the SEC and professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies organization combined with a great work ethic makes him an invaluable part of our player development. "
Nonemaker's work with the Auburn hitters saw the team improve in all areas of offensive play in 2005. The Tigers improved their on-base percentage, slugging percentage, batting average, stolen bases and RBI. Josh Bell saw some of the biggest improvements thanks to Nonemaker's efforts as he went from a .274 hitter as a sophomore to a .338 hitter and First Team All-SEC catcher as a junior in 2005.
"For a player who wants to work and become the best he can possibly be, Auburn provides everything he needs," Nonemaker said. "Tom Slater, Butch Thompson, and Matt Myers are extremely knowledgeable and hard working coaches with a track record of developing players. Players have access to our own first class weight room and a great strength coach to help them get faster and stronger. The ball park is top-rated and the atmosphere and excitement surrounding Auburn Baseball are outstanding. Playing in the SEC is a great opportunity to compete at the highest level of college baseball. I consider it a great privilege to be a part of Auburn Baseball and all the positive things that are happening here every day."
Nonemaker was drafted in the 20th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and played two years professionally in the Phillies organization before retiring in March of 2004. Nonemaker hit a team-leading .311 for the Gulf Coast Phillies in 2002 and spent the 2003 season with the Single-A Lakewood Blueclaws and the Double-A Reading Phillies.
Nonemaker graduated from Vanderbilt in May 2002 with degree in Human and Organizational Development.