Berry Baseball Alumnus Named Head Coach at Univ. of Alabama

Berry Baseball Alumnus Named Head Coach at Univ. of Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Berry College alumnus Brad Bohannon has been named the 32nd head coach of the University of Alabama, the institution announced on Thursday with a full press conference set for Monday.

He will join the Crimson Tide after being selected as the 2015 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Baseball America National Assistant Coach of the Year.

Bohannon, a native of Rome, Ga., competed for Berry during the 1996-97 seasons where he hit .335 for his career including 90 hits, 70 RBI, 67 runs and eight home runs. During the 1996 season, Bohannon helped the Vikings to a 41-11 season including a 25-5 conference record. 

He served as an assistant at the University of Kentucky from 2004-15 and was most recently the assistant coach at Auburn University. Regarded as one of the best recruiters in the nation, he was responsible for signing 13 Wildcat student-athletes that went on to play professional baseball, including 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner A.J. Reed, while his first recruiting class at Auburn was ranked No. 9 by Collegiate Baseball and includes six current starting position players.

Bohannon played a pivotal role in turning around both Kentucky and Auburn within three years on the job. The Wildcats became the first team in SEC history to go from worst to first in only one season, winning 44 games and the program's first league title in 2006, while the Tigers won 12 more games in 2017 than in 2016 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Parts of this story courtesy of the University of Alabama