By JOEL COLEMAN
Will Coggin will wear maroon and white once again.
A former Bulldog infielder, Coggin was named Mississippi State baseball’s new coordinator of baseball camps on Wednesday after serving as an assistant coach the last three years at St. Johns River State College in Palatka, Florida.
Coggin takes over the role from Zach Dillon, who recently left MSU for a coaching position at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
In addition to directing MSU’s baseball camps, Coggin will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bulldogs, as well as coach first base during the season.
“Will is a winner,” Mississippi State head coach John Cohen said in a release. “He has been a big part of postseason championships at MSU and then became an integral part of the most successful run in St. Johns River State College history. His work ethic and expertise in offensive baseball is among the best in the country.”
At SJRSC, Coggin served as the team’s third base coach and recruiting coordinator. In his tenure with the Vikings, Coggin helped the squad compile a 122-42 overall record, including a school-best 47-win campaign last season.
Along the way, SJRSC led all Florida junior colleges in wins, runs, home runs, RBIs, walks, on-base percentage and total bases in 2015.
Coggin hopes to bring similar success to Starkville and is thrilled to return to the place he played from 2007-08.
“I am thankful to join Coach Cohen’s staff,” Coggin said. “I am excited to be back at my alma mater and to have the privilege of putting on the M-over-S which means so much to me. It is an honor to serve this great university.”
This will be Coggin’s second stint on Cohen’s coaching staff. Following his playing days at MSU, Cohen helped coach the Bulldogs from 2009-12.
From there, Coggin joined the staff at SJRSC.
SJRSC head coach Ross Jones said he was excited for his now-former assistant to get the chance to return to the Bulldogs.
“Everyone at St. Johns River is happy for Will,” Jones said. “Coach Coggin did an outstanding job for us and was a relentless worker. He was a tremendous asset to our program the last three years and he will be missed.”
By JOEL COLEMAN