July 30, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - 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.
"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, 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. 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.
Following a four-year professional playing career, Vick worked for three different independent league teams as an infield and hitting coach. He coached the Pensacola Pelicans (American Association) in 2008, the Coastal Kingfish (Continental League) in 2009, and the Sussex Skyhawks (Can-Am League).
Vick played professionally for four seasons, including three years in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization. He played most of the 2005 season at the Rookie level in Princeton, W.Va., before finishing the season in Double-A with the Montgomery Biscuits. In 2006, he played in Single-A with the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays and the Visalia Oaks, batting .236 with six doubles, a home run and 17 RBI. His final season of pro baseball was 2007, when he played a career-high 113 games with the Vero Beach Devil Rays, batting .214 with nine doubles, two triples, a homer and 31 RBI. He also played part of one season of independent league ball, signing with the Pensacola Pelicans for 14 games at the end of the 2004 season.
He played collegiately at the University of West Florida, where he started all 109 games for the Argonauts over two seasons, hitting .376 as a senior in 2004 with 10 doubles, three triples and 19 RBI in 192 at-bats. Vick also played two years of junior college ball at Faulkner State CC.
A native of Thomasville, Ala., he is married to Lauren Leigh Vick.