Nonemaker Joins Auburn Baseball Staff
Karl Nonemaker set to begin his second stint with Auburn Baseball (Photo: Old Dominion Athletics)
It’s been one week since Auburn Baseball’s magical 2017 season came to a close in Tallahassee. Since then, Coach Butch Thompson has been hard at work trying to find the right guy for the vacant assistant coaching job on his staff. On Monday, Thompson found his match. Karl Nonemaker, recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Old Dominion University, has been named to the same position at Auburn, announced Monday morning by Thompson and Auburn Athletics. While at Old Dominion, Nonemaker was a part of a staff that produced a 37-21 record in 2017, and 162-124 in his six years with the Monarch program. Nonemaker played college baseball at Vanderbilt and was a four-year starter from 1999-2002. He also served as assistant coach under Tom Slater at Auburn from 2005-2007, working with Thompson for two of those seasons. “We wanted someone with experience coaching and playing in the SEC, someone who is a great recruiter that could work with our hitters, and someone who is a great family man. Karl is all of that,” said Thompson in the official press release. Nonemaker is grateful for the opportunity and is ready to get to work. “It is kind of surreal that I get to come back to Auburn, the place where I got my first coaching job, at such an exciting time. I understand the expectation at Auburn and can assure the players, coaches, and Auburn family that they will get my very best.” Auburn’s new assistant spent two years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization before joining the coaching ranks. After Auburn, Nonemaker was an assistant at Monmouth (2010-11), and Old Dominion (2011-2017). Over the last four seasons at Old Dominion, eight players have been drafted, including a fourth-round pick by Tampa Bay in Ryan Yarbrough, and the top defensive catcher in the Chicago Cubs organization, PJ Higgins. Nonemaker replaces Brad Bohannon, who accepted the Head Coach position at the University of Alabama’s baseball program on June 1, prior to Auburn’s stay in the Tallahassee Regional.