AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents University
Augusta Director of Athletics Clint Bryant announced Wednesday afternoon the
reassignment of head baseball coach Chris Cooper.
A two-time graduate of Augusta State in
2005 and 2007, Cooper spent the past 13 seasons as a member of the Jaguar Baseball
program as a player, student assistant coach and graduate assistant coach
before taking over the program in July, 2009.
As head coach, Cooper guided the Jaguars
to a 64-126 overall record from 2010-2013. At the 2011 Peach Belt Conference
Tournament, the Jags made a run all the way to the PBC Tournament title game.
ASU posted a 4-2 mark in Columbus, Ga., before falling 2-1 to 10th-ranked UNC
Pembroke in the championship contest at Golden Park.
An All-PBC and All-South Atlantic Region
selection as a first baseman in 2002, Cooper is regarded as one of the top
power hitters in program history. He was a two-year letterwinner for ASU after
spending the first two years of his collegiate career at Santa Fe Community
College in Gainesville, Fla.
Cooper will assume the newly-created
position of head strength and conditioning coach for the entire Jaguar
Athletics program. Cooper previously held a similar role from 2006-07 while
working toward his Master's Degree in Arts & Teaching.
Bryant indicated a national search for
Cooper's successor would begin immediately.
“I want to thank Coach Cooper for his
efforts and dedication to our baseball program, not just over the last four
seasons in leading our program, but for all his contributions,” Bryant said.
“This was a difficult decision and one I didn't take lightly. This change isn't
about Coach Cooper or about wins and losses — we have to change the culture of
the Augusta State Baseball program and it starts right here and right now.”
“The head strength and conditioning coach
is a position that was already planned for the next academic year,” said
Bryant. “This is a role Coach Cooper has held in the past and he did an
excellent job in leading this area. We look to expand our commitment to our
student-athlete's overall well-being. Our future plans call for this type of
emphasis as we grow.”
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