TUSCALOOSA — Alabama head baseball coach Brad Bohannon has completed the hiring process of his inaugural coaching staff, as Brock Bennett will serve as a volunteer assistant for the Crimson Tide, the UA athletic department announced Monday morning.
Brockett joins assistants Jerry Zulli and Jason Jackson in Bohannon’s first year at the helm of Alabama baseball. The former UA baseball player returns to Tuscaloosa after two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia State.
Prior to his coaching career, Bennett played four seasons for the Crimson Tide as a standout catcher. In more than 100 starts at the Capstone, including 97 behind the plate, Bennett helped UA reach four-consecutive NCAA Regionals and advance to the Super Regionals in 2010, finishing his Tide career with a .314 batting average.
“I’m so excited to bring a former Alabama baseball player back to our program in Brock Bennett,” said Bohannon in a media release. “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. He will coordinate our camps and work with our catchers, and I am very pleased to be able to have him as part of my staff here in Tuscaloosa.”
In his final season in Tuscaloosa, Bennett set the UA single-season record for sacrifice bunts with 21, going on to finish his career tied for the program lead with 28 career sacrifice bunts. In that final year, he batted .338 with 22 RBI and 39 runs scored. Defensively, Bennett made three errors in 379 chances to post a team-best .992 fielding percentage while gunning down 21 runners on the basepaths. His efforts earned him Johnny Bench Award Midseason Watch List recognition.
Following the 2011 campaign, Bennett was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
As a coach at Georgia State, Bennett worked primarily with the catchers while also assisting with hitting instruction and coaching first base. Prior to GSU, Bennett spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia Perimeter College. In his three years there, he helped lead the Jaguars to a pair of regional titles. He coached the first-team all-conference catcher each of the three years, while four GPC players were drafted during his time in Alpharetta.
Information for this article is courtesy of UA Media Relations.