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Wright Named Head Baseball Coach at Concord
Athens, W.Va. - Concord University today announced the appointment of Andrew Wright as head baseball coach for the Mountain Lions. Wright, a Concord alum and former baseball team captain for the university, assumes leadership in a position most recently held by Kevin Garrett.
Garrett, who built the CU baseball program into one of the most successful in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, stepped down after 15 years as coach to concentrate on his duties as Concord’s Director of Athletics. He was named to the post in February.
Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia said he is “excited about this transition” calling Wright a “great believer in Concord.”
Wright said he is committed to Concord’s established focus on excellence in education and championship baseball.
“I intend on maintaining the same values and morals that have been the foundation of Concord baseball over the last 15 years. The formula doesn’t have to change that much,” he said. “I’m excited to tackle the challenges and enjoy the successes that lie ahead in taking this program forward.”
Garrett, who made the announcement during a press conference at the Carter Center, called the moment “bittersweet.”
“I’ve had a wonderful 15 years at the helm of baseball,” he said noting he is enthusiastic about the future of Concord University athletics.
Wright, a native of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, played for Concord from
1999-2002, and was a pitcher and first baseman on the Mountain Lions’ WVIAC Championship team in 2001. He was Concord’s captain his junior year.
Wright moved into coaching in 2002 and served as Garrett’s assistant coach until 2004.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Concord University in 2004.
He then went on to West Virginia University and served on the coaching staff there from 2005-2007 while completing graduate studies. He earned a master’s degree from WVU in 2007.
Wright was head coach of the Wilmington (N.C.) Sharks of the Coastal Plain League in 2006-2007. He was associate head coach at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Md. during 2008-2009 while also helping with the BCC Baseball youth program in Bethesda/Chevy Chase, Md.
He returned to Concord in September 2009 for a dual role as assistant baseball coach and executive secretary for CU’s Mountain Lion Club. He also serves on Concord’s Athletic Advisory Council.
Meanwhile, Garrett leaves a program that went 29-9 this past season and qualified for the WVIAC Tournament for the past 11 years. Garrett has coached 20 All-WVIAC 1st Team players and three All-Americans.