July 19, 2010

Haire Tabbed SEBaseball.com Atlantic Sun Assistant Coach of the Year

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-After helping guide a Campbell offensive attack that was one of the most explosive in the conference in 2010, Justin Haire has been named SEBaseball.com Atlantic Sun Assistant Coach of the Year.

"This is a tremendous honor for Coach Haire and the hard work he has put into our program," said CU head coach Greg Goff. "It's great that he is being recognized for the outstanding job he is doing for Campbell University and our baseball program."

The Camels produced another record-breaking year with Haire, at the side of head coach Greg Goff, producing their highest wins total (28) in nearly a decade, and registering back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2001 by posting a 28-27 overall record.

Those victories included triumphs over a pair of nationally-ranked teams, North Carolina State and East Carolina, and ran CU's mark against in-state rivals to 22-7 over the past two seasons.

"His two main responsibilities are working with our hitters and recruiting," said Goff. "Our offense has gone from the bottom of the Atlantic Sun to being the best in the league the past two years. I don't believe there is another assistant in the country that outworks him and puts in the time and effort that he does."

All told, over the past three seasons, Campbell has set 43 school records, including 19 during the 2010 campaign. For the third-straight season, CU set a new school mark for stolen bases (119). In fact, only one A-Sun school (Lipscomb) attempted as many steals as Coach Goff's squad swiped during 2010.

CU also set program standards for base hits (696), singles (483), doubles (159), extra-base hits (213) and total bases (999) in a campaign. On the hill, Camel pitchers averaged the fewest walks per 9 innings (3.73) since CU moved to the Division I ranks for the 1978 season.

The Camels ranked among the nation's top-16 schools in seven offensive categories, including 2nd in doubles per game (2.89) and 9th in team batting average (.345) and hit by pitch (109). CU stood 12 in the country in total doubles (159), 14th in stolen bases (2.16), 15th in total steals (119) and 16th in runs scored per game (8.8).

"I'm very thankful and appreciative to have someone like Coach Haire that goes beyond his duties to make sure this program reaches the goals we have set as a coaching staff," added Goff.

Senior outfielder Chris Bangi was also named to the SEBaseball.com A-Sun First Team. Bangi concluded his two-year career by leading the Atlantic Sun Conference and ranking third in the country with a .548 on-base percentage. The product of Jacksonville, Fla., earned second-team all-conference recognition after he rated 2nd in the league in batting average (.548), 3rd in stolen bases (26) and 5th in walks (38). He reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in each of the 52 games he played and batted safely 40 times.

Bangi scored 58 runs, stroked 15 doubles and posted 32 RBI while striking out just 17 times in 187 at-bats. In addition, the former Edward White High School and Marion Military Institute standout batted .467 with a .573 on-base percentage in 25 games against A-Sun pitching. He also earned a place on the 2010 A-Sun All-Academic Team.

He set new school records for career on-base percentage (.543) and times hit by pitch (52). His .379 career batting average stands second only to 1986 2nd-round draft pick John Posey (.401) in Campbell record books, while his 44 career steals (in only 98 games) rank 6th all-time among CU Division I era (since 1978) leaders.

Among Campbell single-season records, Bangi's senior year OBP (.548) stands second only to John Posey's .554 mark in 1985. He holds the top two records for hit by pitch (30 in 2009 and 22 in 2010), and his .538 OBP in 2009 is third on CU's all-time single-year list.

Batting at the top of the order, Bangi reached base an amazing 56.5 percent of the time (48 times in 85 chances) when leading off an inning this year. He produced 12 RBI in 14 chances when a runner was at 3rd base with less than two out. Bangi's 26 steals this year tie for the 4th-most in CU Division I history, while his .417 batting average is the 5th-highest ever recorded by a Camel.