Sports: Cooper named ASU baseball coach

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Former Augusta State standout and current assistant coach Chris Cooper has been named head baseball coach, athletic director Clint Bryant announced today.

“I’m very delighted to promote Chris to head baseball coach,” Bryant said in a statement. “He is one of our own. He played here and has been a loyal and dedicated employee for several years. I’m impressed with his knowledge of the game and attention to detail in all that he does. Chris is a tremendous young man and we look forward to his leadership of our baseball program.”

Cooper first joined the Jaguar coaching staff as a student assistant coach beginning in the fall of 2002. He assumed the role of graduate assistant coach in 2005 and climbed to the assistant coach post in the fall of 2007.

Cooper hit .326 as a senior first baseman for the Jaguars in 2002. He led the team in slugging percentage (.674), RBI (59), doubles (14), triples (2), home runs (16), put outs (360) and double plays (21). He was a first team All-Peach Belt Conference selection as well as a first-team, all-South Atlantic Region pick.

“I would like to thank Coach Bryant, Dr. Bloodworth, and everyone at Augusta State for this tremendous opportunity,” Cooper said. “I look forward to continuing to build a competitive program at the conference, regional and national levels. I would also like to thank Coach Fite, not only for what he has done for this university and the baseball program, but for what he has done for my career and the opportunities he has given me.”

Cooper replaces former head baseball coach Skip Fite, who recently resigned after 25 seasons at the helm of the Jaguar baseball program to take over as head coach at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga.

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