Tom Mackor, a former infielder at Boston College, is a second-year volunteer coach on Pete Hughes' baseball staff at Virginia Tech. Mackor's duties include working with Tech's outfielders, assisting with the hitters and coordinating the Hokies' camps and clinics. He also coaches first base for the Hokies.
"Having Tom on the staff is like having another full-time coach," Hughes says. "He is a great asset for us. He knows the game and is hungry to be in this business. He was with me for four years as a player at Boston College, and he was the most unselfish player I've ever been around. He's exactly the type of person you want associated with your program."
Mackor, 24, joined the Tech staff in September of 2006 after working one year as an assistant coach at Methuen High School in Massachusetts. He played four seasons for Hughes at BC, where he started 10 of 12 BIG EAST Conference games as a sophomore in 2003 and batted .250. Mackor missed all but seven games of his junior year with a shoulder injury, but returned to action in 2005 and enjoyed his best season with the Eagles, hitting .278.
A 2005 Boston College graduate in communications, Mackor is from Salem, N.H. He was a baseball and football standout at St. John's Prep in the Boston High School Catholic League before enrolling at BC.