Collegiate Baseball newspaper's 2008 National College Pitching Coach of the Year, Scott Forbes is in his 12th season on the Carolina coaching staff and his eighth as the Tar Heels' associate head coach.
Forbes, who has totaled a record of 829-359 in 19 seasons as an assistant coach, has been an instrumental part of the Tar Heels' run to six College World Series appearances since 2006.
Under his guidance as the UNC pitching coach, the Carolina pitching staff ranked among nation's top 50 in earned run average in nine of the last 10 seasons, including the fourth-lowest ERA in the nation in 2012.
Baseball America recognized Forbes as one of the top assistant coaches in the country prior to the 2013 campaign.
On the recruiting front, Forbes played in an integral role in landing some of the nation's top talent as every class brought in to Carolina since 2007 has been ranked among the top 15 in the country.
Forbes, who is in his second stint in Chapel Hill, was an assistant at UNC from 1999-2002 and served as an assistant at Winthrop University for three seasons before returning to Carolina prior to the 2006 season.
Forbes watched over the top four strikeout pitchers in UNC history during his stint as pitching coach as Andrew Miller, Alex White, Patrick Johnson and most recently Benton Moss are the only hurlers to eclipse 300 strikeouts in a career.
The Tar Heels had a pair of All-America pitchers in 2012 as starter Kent Emanuel and closer Michael Morin each earned the honor. Emanuel repeated as an All-America performer in 2013 and was named ACC Pitcher of the Year, while Trent Thornton was a first-team freshman All-America hurler. Reilly Hovis was a first-team All-ACC pick after becoming the team's closer in 2014.
In Chapel Hill, 32 of Forbes' pitchers were either drafted or signed professional contracts over the last decade, including first-round picks Daniel Bard (2006), Andrew Miller (2006), Alex White (2009) and Matt Harvey (2010). Forbes and the rest of the UNC staff gained a reputation of putting the health and future of their pitchers first and foremost, and Miller said it best during the 2006 College World Series: "I appreciate the coaches basically taking care of me. I've seen a lot of pitchers get abused in the postseason. They have my best interests at heart."
Miller blossomed under Forbes and was named Baseball America's National Player of the Year, the Roger Clemens Award winner, first-team All-America and the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, while setting UNC records for single-season and career strikeouts in 2006. The No. 6 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers, Miller made his major league debut later that summer and the big lefty has emerged as one of the game's most dominant bullpen arms. In his first season as the closer for the New York Yankees, Miller was named the AL Reliever of the Year.
Bard had an outstanding rookie season with the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and made more than 200 appearances during his time in the big leagues. White was the No. 15 overall selection by the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and made his MLB debut in 2011.
Harvey was drafted in the third round coming out of high school and developed his craft even more at Carolina en route to becoming the No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Harvey made his MLB debut in 2012 a memorable one with nine strikeouts, the most in a debut by a Met in franchise history. Harvey became a national face of baseball in 2013 as he started the All-Star Game for the National League and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In 2015, Harvey helped lead the New York Mets to the NL pennant.
After working with Forbes and dropping his arm slot prior to the 2007 season, former Milwaukee Brewer Rob Wooten emerged as one of the nation's top relievers with 91 appearances over his final two seasons. Wooten earned an invitation to big league camp with the Brewers prior to the 2013 season and made his MLB debut later that summer. Mike Morin, who debuted in April of 2014 with the Los Angeles Angels, was the latest Tar Heel pitcher to reach the big leagues.
White anchored the Tar Heels' staff for the second straight season in 2009 and earned first-team All-ACC honors for the second straight season. He was joined on the all-conference team by Brian Moran and Adam Warren, who finished his career second in school history with 32 victories. Additionally, Moran became the fourth pitcher to earn All-America honors under Forbes, joining Carignan, Miller and White.
A.J. Bogucki, Zac Gallen and Spencer Trayner were the latest Forbes products to make the leap to professional baseball, all of whom were selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.
In 2008, White was also named ACC Pitcher of the Year and - along with Wooten - claimed All-ACC honors. Additionally, freshmen right-handers Harvey and Colin Bates earned freshman All-America honors in 2008.
In 2007, right-hander Robert Woodard completed his decorated career as the Tar Heels' career leader in wins and is the only pitcher to rank in the UNC's top 10 in wins, winning percentage, innings and strikeouts. In Miller, Woodard and Warren, Forbes has coached the Tar Heels' career leaders in strikeouts, wins and winning percentage, respectively.
Additionally, Forbes mentored a pair of relievers to NCAA-best performances, as Jonathan Hovis led the nation with a 1.17 ERA in 2006, and Carignan shared the NCAA lead with 18 saves in 2007.
In his final season at Winthrop, Forbes helped guide the Eagles to one of the finest seasons in program history in 2005, as they won the Big South title, earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Knoxville Regional and posted a 44-22 record. He helped coach five All-Americas and five Major League Baseball draft picks while at Winthrop.
Forbes, who was promoted to assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season, served as the Eagles' recruiting coordinator and third base coach. He also worked as the position coach for catchers, outfielders and first basemen and coordinated the Eagles' strength and conditioning program, academic advising, community service and team travel. Forbes joined the Winthrop staff in July 2002.
Prior to his stint with the Eagles, Forbes was on Fox's staff at Carolina for four seasons, helping the Tar Heels to NCAA Regional appearances in 1999, 2000 and 2002. While in Chapel Hill, he assisted long-time pitching coach Roger Williams with instruction for the Tar Heels' hurlers and served as position coach for Carolina's catchers and corner infielders. Forbes also assisted with recruiting and served as director of Carolina's summer camps.
While at UNC, Forbes spent two summers as head coach and pitching coach of the Coastal Plain League's Wilmington Sharks. In 1999, he guided his team to the CPL title and earned the league's Coach of the Year award and tallied a 59-34 overall record in two summers with the team.
After a standout playing career for Fox at North Carolina Wesleyan, Forbes broke into coaching as an assistant with the Battling Bishops during the 1998 season. He served as the team's pitching instructor and called pitches, helping Wesleyan to a 42-9 record and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division III College World Series. Forbes also worked as the team's strength coordinator and first base coach.
As a player, Forbes hit .321 at Wesleyan from 1995-97 and led the team to a pair of Dixie Conference titles and a fifth-place finish at the 1997 Division III CWS. As a senior, he hit .387 with 61 RBI and 27 doubles, which set the NCAA Division III single-season record. That season, he earned second-team all-region honors and was named most valuable player of the Dixie Conference Tournament, as well as Wesleyan's MVP. Forbes also earned a spot on the regional all-tournament squad. He spent the 1994 season at Middle Georgia College, where he helped the team to the Georgia junior college state title.
Forbes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from North Carolina Wesleyan in May 1998. He is married to the former Mandy Passwaters, and the couple has two daughters, Hannah and Ally.