Mike Kunigonis enters his third season as assistant coach at Virginia Tech after serving the previous two years with the Hokie baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. His duties include working with Tech’s outfielders and hitters.
“It was with great pleasure to have been able to promote from within our Hokie family,” Tech Head Coach Pete Hughes said. “Not only is Mike deserving of this position, he was the right person for the job. The combination of Mike’s work ethic and ability to communicate will make him an instant asset in our recruiting efforts.”
Before working in Blacksburg, Kunigonis spent the 2008 season at nearby Radford University, where he served as the volunteer assistant. Before coming to the New River Valley, he spent five seasons as a full-time assistant, which included three at Canisius College and two at Niagara University.
Prior to 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 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 and his wife, Amy, the athletic trainer for Tech’s women’s basketball team, reside in Blacksburg.