Former Senator Coach Scott Malone – Named Head Coach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
**** Malone was the Hitting Coach on the 1998 National Championship Senators Squad
Courtesy: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sports Information - 7/07/2007
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Director of Athletics Brian Teter formally introduced Texas native Scott Malone as the new head coach of the Islander baseball program at a news conference on Monday morning.
"It is an honor for me to be named the head baseball coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi," said Malone, who is the third head coach in school history. "I would like to thank Brian Teter and Dr. Flavius Killebrew for giving me this opportunity. I have told them we will be successful on the field, our players will work hard in the classroom, and this program will represent our university with class and great character in the community."
Having grown up and played baseball in the state of Texas , combined with his success as a player and coach, the selection of Malone as the next coach of the Islanders was an easy one for Teter.
"Scott Malone is a winner and I am excited that he is the next head coach to lead Islander baseball to new heights, both as a program and as a competitor in the Southland Conference," said Teter. "Scott has tremendous energy and contacts in the state of Texas . He was a great player and now as an up and coming coach, has a vision for what he wants and expects for this program. I believe he is a tremendous fit for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and this community."
Malone arrives on the Island after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach at UNLV. In his three seasons at UNLV, he oversaw all aspects of the Rebels recruiting efforts and served as the team's hitting instructor on the field. In 2005, UNLV won the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament titles, advancing to the NCAA Regional.
Prior to joining the Rebels, Malone served as an assistant coach at two Southland Conference schools serving as the hitting coach at each stop. He was an assistant at Texas-Arlington during the 2003 and 2004 seasons after spending the two previous seasons at Texas-San Antonio.
In four seasons in the Southland, Malone's hitters led the league in batting three times – twice at UTA and once at UTSA. He coached former Maverick and current Houston Astros rookie standout Hunter Pence and UTSA's Mark Schramek. Both were first round picks in the Major League Amateur draft.
Malone began his coaching career as a student assistant at McMurry University , where he graduated from in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise and sports science. He then served as a volunteer assistant at TCU – his alma mater – and the University of Kentucky .
Before embarking on his coaching career, Malone had an impressive career as a first baseman at TCU. As a collegiate player with the Horned Frogs, the new Islander mentor was named the Southwest Conference Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons and was invited to the 1992 Olympic Trials. Malone was a Mizuno All-America honoree in 1992.
His success on the collegiate level led to Malone being selected in the ninth round of the 1992 MLB draft by the Texas Rangers. He spent five years in the Rangers farm system reaching as high as Double A before spending one year with Abilene , where he won a Texas-Louisiana League title with the Prairie Dogs.
"My goal is to make this program as successful as it can possibly be," said Malone. "This is a dream job for me and I am fully committed to seeing Islander Baseball rise to the next level."