BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- University of North Alabama assistant baseball coach Matt Hancock has been honored by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (ALABCA) as Assistant Coach of the Year on the Four-Year College Level for 2012.
The award was presented January 18 at the ALABCA annual Coaches Convention.
The head coach must nominate their assistant for this prestigious award by July 1. The award winner is selected based on his responsibilities and what his contributions mean't to the program that year.
Hancock is entering his fifth spring as the head assistant coach and pitching coach at UNA. Along with his duties as pitching coach at UNA, he is also responsible for recruiting high school and junior college student athletes to the program. His other duties include assisting with summer camps, field maintenance, selling advertisement in the program as well as handling the ordering of equipment and uniforms.
Since Hancock's elevation from graduate assistant to pitching coach, UNA has seen a steady improvement, especially with the pitching staff. UNA reached the NCAA regional tournament each of the past two seasons, with Hancock as an integral part of that success and turnaround for the program.
This past season Hancock took a completely new staff, which included five freshmen, and molded them into one of the top staffs in the Gulf South Conference. He also coached the team's first All-American pitcher since 1999 in Chad Boughner.