Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Shannon Hunt, Many Levels - 28

Upon taking the helm at New Mexico Highlands University in 2014, Shannon Hunt suggested his coaching tenure would be about the basics.

"Baseball has not changed since its beginnings; you hit the ball, you catch the ball, you throw the ball, pretty simple really," Hunt told the school. "I have been very fortunate to experience the game at many levels, both collegiately and professionally as a player and a coach."

Hunt's time as a coach extended through four other schools and an independent team. His experience as a player extended through college and a single season as a pro.

Hunt's brief pro career began and ended in 1990, signed as a pro as an undrafted free agent at short-season Bend. He played his college ball at DeAnza College, Butte College and Lewis-Clark State College.

At Bend, Hunt knocked in a run in a July game, then hit his first professional home run in an August contest. He hit two home runs on the year. Overall, he hit just .141. He knocked in seven and stole two bases to mark the extent of his playing career.

Hunt soon turned coach. He served as an associate coach at Edmonds Community College in 1993. He then moved to the same role at Butte College. In 2001, he became associate coach at Shasta College.

In 2005, he made the jump to the top spot, as head coach at El Paso Community College. He tried his hand at independent ball in 2010 with Traverse City as hitting coach.

Traverse City manager Gregg Langbehn praised his new coach after the hire.

"He has an extensive and impressive background and resume which covers his playing career, head coaching and scouting," Langbehn said, according to the team. "He has basically done it all. His attention to detail in regards to hitting mechanics and mental approach are going to only make our hitters that much better."

Hunt stayed there through 2013, then became coach at New Mexico Highlands. He continues there in 2018.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,866
Made the Majors:1,072-37.4%
Never Made Majors:1,794-62.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 444
10+ Seasons in the Minors:267

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