BLACKSBURG, Va. - Mike Kunigonis, a former coach at Radford, Canisius and Niagara, has joined the Virginia Tech baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Kunigonis began working at Tech on August 4, and his duties will include working with Tech's outfielders, assisting with the hitters, coordinating the Hokies' camps and clinics, and helping with the in-house and everyday recruiting efforts. He will also coach first base for the Hokies.
"This will be Mike's fourth Division I program, so he's got some tremendous experience and a great resume for a young guy at this stage of his career," Tech head coach Pete Hughes said. "He's been a full-time coach before so he's been on the recruiting trail and he will be able to help us out there. He will bring a lot to our program and is a nice addition to our staff."
Kunigonis spent the past season at nearby Radford University, where he served in a similar capacity as a volunteer assistant. Before coming to the New River Valley, he spent five seasons as a full-time assistant, including three at Canisius and two at Niagara.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Kunigonis starred for four seasons at American International College and was named an All-Region, All-Conference and All-ECAC first baseman as a senior in 2001. He hit .413 that year and received the Butova Sportsmanship Award for excellence on and off the field.
The Worcester, Mass., native earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology from AIC in 2001, and he completed his master's degree in sport administration while at Canisius in 2006.
Kunigonis replaces Tom Mackor, who served in the volunteer role for the past two seasons.
Volunteer Assistant Coach, Virginia Tech
Volunteer Assistant Coach, Radford
Assistant Coach, Canisius
Assistant Coach, Niagara
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