CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Former University of North Carolina pitcher and a member of four-straight College World Series teams, Bryant Gaines is the Tar Heels' newest assistant baseball coach, head coach Mike Fox announced today.
"I am excited to have Bryant join our coaching staff," head coach Mike Fox said. "A young man of tremendous character, Bryant was one of our most respected and committed players and will bring insight to our younger players on what it takes to be successful both on and off the field".
Gaines worked for Ring Power Crane in Charlotte after graduating from the University of North Carolina in 2011 with a degree in sport administration. The Weddington, N.C., native replaces Robert Woodard who joined the UNC Wilmington staff as the pitching coach.
"I am so fortunate that Coach Fox gave me the opportunity to come back to UNC and coach baseball," Gaines said. "I feel as if I have a lot of valuable experiences and knowledge that will help our players in a number of different ways."
During his career at Carolina, Gaines posted a 5-0 record in 35 career appearances for the Tar Heels. Gaines battled back from his second Tommy John surgery as a junior to make 10 appearances as a fifth-year senior.
Gaines will assist in all aspects of the program, including serving as camp director for the Carolina Baseball Camps.