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The Greenville Tigers will have a new face as their baseball coach this year, but he is not a new face to the City of Greenville.
Hunter Armstrong, a 2011 graduate of Fort Dale Academy, graduated from Troy University with a social science education degree in May. This past spring, in order to fulfill his graduation requirements, Armstrong did his internship at Greenville Middle School. Over the summer, he was hired to teach at Greenville High School and be a coach.
“I want to be a role model for the boys I coach,” said Armstrong.
“It is important to teach success on the field and off the field. I want them to grow into good young men.”
Armstrong bases his coaching style on what he found beneficial as a baseball player in high school.
“I am not the type coach to scream across the field at a player,” said Armstrong.
“I responded better when the coach would take me to the side and put his arm around me and discuss with me better ways to complete the play than what I did.”
Armstrong is coming into a good situation as a coach. Last year’s Tigers had their first 10 win season under Coach Ryan Cox, who is now coaching at Foley High School.
“The team only lost 3 seniors last year,” said Armstrong.
“Anytime you have a good number of returning players it is exciting. Being a new coach and hearing what they did last year and what we have returning I have high expectations for this season.”
Greenville Athletic Director Josh McLendon said Armstrong brings knowledge of the game and a great attitude to this position.
“He is willing to learn and help the players learn also,” said McLendon. “He is a great addition to our program on and off the field.”
Joining Armstrong on the baseball coaching staff will be Marcus Mickles, who is returning as an assistant coach, and Wayne Walters, a Greenville native who has been coaching at Brewbaker Tech for several years.
This year the Tigers will be in area play with Charles Henderson and Brewbaker Tech.