COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M head baseball coach Rob Childress announced the addition of former Dallas Baptist player and coach Austin Knight to the Aggies' coaching staff on Friday afternoon.
"Austin is an incredible young coach," Childress said. "He is highly motivated and we're excited to have him on the staff. I expect him to do a tremendous job coaching our infielders and he is going to be a valuable asset for our players."
Knight will serve as the Aggies' volunteer assistant coach and his primary duties will involve mentoring the Texas A&M infielders.
"I'm very thankful and excited about the opportunity to work under such experienced and knowledgeable coaches," Knight said. "I'm happy that Coach Childress has shown confidence in me as a coach and I'm going to make the most of the opportunity to learn from his staff."
Knight arrives in College Station after serving as a volunteer assistant for two years at Dallas Baptist.
"Austin has an outstanding work ethic and great mind for baseball," Dallas Baptist head baseball coach Dan Heefner said. "But what makes him special is what he is as a person. People are drawn to him and want to be around him and want to listen to him.
"He was a four-year player for us and in that time he was pretty much a coach on the field for us. He understood the game as a player and that made his transition into coaching nearly seamless. He is a solid coach now, but with the experience he'll gain at Texas A&M he will continue to grow and he has an outstanding future in coaching."
In his first year on the Dallas Baptist coaching staff in 2011, the Patriots made a run to the NCAA Santa Clara Super Regional after toppling the likes of Oklahoma, Oral Roberts and TCU at the Fort Worth Regional. He spent the summer of 2011 as an assistant coach with the LaCrosse Loggers in the Northwoods League.
Last season, Knight helped guide the Patriots to a 41-19 record and a spot at the Waco Regional where they advanced to an NCAA Regional Championship game for the second consecutive season.
Knight was a four-year starter at Dallas Baptist. He earned Freshman All-American honors his rookie season in 2007 after hitting .338 with 12 doubles, 43 RBI and six stolen bases. He started every game at shortstop for the Patriots' 2008 squad that advanced to the College Station regional. The Denton native moved to second base in 2009, hitting .321 with 10 doubles and 36 RBI while committing just five errors on the year. As a senior, Knight made just four errors on defense while hitting .307 with 17 doubles, seven home runs and 36 RBI. He holds the DBU career record for walks with 169.
Knight earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist in May 2010. He was awarded a Master of Education in Kinesiology from DBU in May 2012.