While most of the players garnered plenty of awards, the Texas Tech baseball team had an assistant coach gain recognition.
Red Raiders assistant J-Bob Thomas, who works with the catchers and assists with team’s hitters, was named Baseball America/American Baseball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
It is the first honor for Thomas and the first for a Texas Tech baseball coach in the 19 years the award has been handed out.
Coaching expertise, recruiting, loyalty to the program and respect for the players and the game are a few of the many criteria looked at when reviewing candidates for the Baseball America/ABCA Assistant Coach of the Year award.
After the nomination process, the final selection is made by the Baseball America Staff with the approval from the ABCA.
Thomas wrapped his fifth season as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Red Raiders, helping the squad hit at a .305 clip and finish with a 45-17 overall mark. Texas Tech also tallied back-to-back Big 12 regular season championships and the program’s second straight NCAA National Seed.
Thomas will be honored and recognized during the Honors Luncheon at the ABCA Convention, scheduled for Jan. 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis.
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