After spending two seasons as the head baseball coach at Southern Polytechnic State University, former Warhawks' longtime assistant coach Marty Lovrich was announced as the new head coach at Auburn University at Montgomery Tuesday.
Lovrich will take over for the only head coach in the program's history, Q.V. Lowe, who will officially retire on July 31.
"Marty has a true passion for the AUM baseball program, having been a player and assistant coach here," Director of Athletics Steve Crotz said. He enjoyed a great deal of success at Southern Poly in his two seasons, leading the team to the NAIA World Series this past year, but more importantly, he realizes the importance of bringing in quality students and having them involved in the community. I am thrilled to welcome Marty back home."
In his two seasons with the Hornets, Lovrich compiled an 85-37 mark, including a 37-22 record in Southern States Athletic Conference play. He coached a pair of SSAC All-Conference performers, two SSAC Gold Glove winners and three members of the conference All-Academic team. He also helped sophomore Matt Miller to 2014 Newcomer of the Year honors in the conference and had one player drafted in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Last season, he helped SPSU to a 46-19 record and secured an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament by winning the SSAC Tournament. The Hornets advanced to the NAIA World Series by claiming the championship of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round site in Daytona Beach, Fla., with an 8-0 win over host Embry-Riddle. The World Series appearance was the third in the program's history. Southern Poly finished the season ranked eighth nationally.
In his first season, Lovrich led the team to a 39-18 and was named the NAIA College Baseball Coach of the Year by the Georgia Dugout Club.
"I am very appreciative of Dr. Veres and Coach Crotz for having the confidence in me to be the next baseball coach at AUM," Lovrich said. "It was a very hard decision to leave a couple years ago, but it was also a wonderful opportunity for me to grow as a coach. With that being said, it is certainly a special feeling to be back home. My kids were born in Montgomery and were raised on the ball field at AUM. I, along with my family, am extremely excited about having this opportunity."
Prior to joining the staff at SPSU in June of 2012, Lovrich spent 22 seasons on the coaching staff at AUM. He was also a catcher for the team in 1989, where he hit .342 and helped AUM to its first winning season in the program's history. The following year, Lovrich joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach, before being hired as an assistant coach in 1993. His last title was as the associate head coach.
During his tenure with the AUM, Lovrich helped the Warhawks to the NAIA World Series three times and coached 34 All-Americans, 76 all-conference honorees, 40 all-region selections and 25 players that went on to play professionally. He was also selected the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year among the state's four-year institutions in 2008. With Lovrich on its coaching staff, AUM has won nearly 63 percent of its games.
"Today feels like your father turning the keys over to a successful business," Lovrich added. "I am excited about the opportunity, but also know that I want to make him (Q.V. Lowe) proud and keep the tradition of AUM baseball strong. It will certainly be tough replacing a legend, but he taught me to bring in quality kids, who are committed to winning and excelling in the classroom. We will certainly look to continue that philosophy."
Lovrich received his bachelor's degree in physical education from AUM in 1990 and completed work on a master's degree in education in 1995. Lovrich is married to the former Holli Wells. They are the proud parents of three children, Camden, Cate and Allie Grace.
"This is truly a unique situation," Lovrich concluded. "I know that I was just hired as the head coach, but I feel like I am coaching for a lot of different people and have a lot of people to make proud. AUM is a great place for me to continue, and finish, my career."
INFORMATION SOURCE: AUM Athletics Dept. News Release