Quincy University has named Brian Unger head coach of the Hawks Baseball program. Unger, a native of Waterloo, Ill., has served as the Hawks assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the previous four seasons.
“We are very excited that Brian will be leading our baseball program. As we moved through the search process Coach Unger emerged as the best fit for the immediate and long term success of QU baseball,” said Athletic Director, Marty Bell. “He provides continuity and stability to a program that has enjoyed a great winning tradition over the years and I look forward to him continuing that successful tradition. I would also like to thank Coach McVey and Coach Atwell for their guidance through this search.”
As a coach at Quincy, Unger also supervised the Hawk pitching staff. Under his guidance the Hawk pitching staff was annually one of the top staff’s in the nation, ranking 14th nationally and second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference this season in earned-run average with a mark of 3.30. In 2006 the Hawks pitching staff ranked third nationally with a 2.33 mark. Pitcher Brad Stone was selected in the 12th round of the Major League baseball draft following his outstanding performance on the 2006 squad.
Prior to coaching at Quincy, Unger was a member of the 2002 Hawk baseball team, going 5-1 with a 3.43 earned-run average and 47 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched. He attended Southwestern Illinois College for two seasons prior to that and played one season at Division I University of Hawaii-Hilo.
“I am thrilled to be named head coach at Quincy University. Quincy holds a special place in my heart and becoming the head coach at your alma mater is a dream job,” said Unger. “Pat Atwell and Greg McVey have done a great job in recent years and it is an honor to walk in their footsteps. The support and confidence that Marty and Greg have shown in me means a lot. I look forward to continuing the Hawk tradition and working with those in the baseball program and the city of Quincy.”
Quincy has long been known for their successful program, compiling a 473-338-3 record over the past 16 seasons with Atwell and McVey at the helm. The Hawks finished last season at 30-20 overall and were ranked 27th in the Pre-Season poll by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Over the last 11 seasons the Hawks have been nationally ranked 10 times. In addition 15 former Hawk players have signed professional contracts during Atwell and McVey's tenure. Former head coach Greg McVey, stepped down as coach to accept the Associate Athletic Director position at Quincy University.
“I am excited about the future of our baseball program. Brian has been a huge factor in the successful tradition we have built here at Quincy University,” said Associate Athletic Director and former head coach Greg McVey. “He is an outstanding baseball coach that is passionate about the player’s in our program. This will provide a smooth transition for the future of Hawk baseball.”