Kyle Bunn Hired as Indiana Pitching Coach
July 11, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University head baseball coach Chris Lemonis announced his first staff hire Friday, appointing East Tennessee State’s Kyle Bunn as IU’s pitching coach.
Bunn, who played for Lemonis at The Citadel, has 12 years of experience as a Division I coach, with stops at Ole Miss (2002-07), Clemson (2008-09), Alabama (2010) and most recently ETSU (2012-14). From 2007-10, Bunn’s pitching staffs helped guide three different universities to the NCAA Super Regionals, an accomplishment unmatched by any other college baseball pitching coach in the country.
“He went from a walk-on (at The Citadel) to the winning pitcher in the championship game his senior year so I know what type of work ethic he has,” Lemonis said. “He has a proven track record of producing elite pitchers at the highest level of college baseball. He has mentored numerous big leaguers and he has a wealth of experience winning and advancing in the postseason.”
Recognized as one of the premiere pitching coaches in the nation, Bunn has developed 43 pitchers into MLB Draft picks, including 15 that were drafted in the first five rounds and five that went on to pitch in the Major Leagues. Eight of Bunn’s 12 teams have played in an NCAA Regional, including ETSU’s 2013 squad, the Bucs’ first visit to the tournament since 1981.
“Indiana is one of those baseball programs that is now on the national scene,” Bunn said. "I think they can compete at the highest level. I look forward to not only be able to carry on what has been built, but hopefully helping that continue to grow and become something bigger than what it is now."
Bunn’, a 1999 graduate of The Citadel with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, helped the Bulldogs to back-to-back Southern Conference Tournament titles in 1998 and 1999, and a regular-season championship in 2000. Fourteen years later, Bunn and Lemonis will reunite on staff for the Hoosiers.
“He’s just a great guy,” Bunn said. “I think Indiana is extremely fortunate to have him. This game is a lot about people and the relationships that you build. I don’t think there’s a better guy in the country as far as building relationships from a recruiting standpoint like Coach Lemonis has done. Those reputations propelled him into the position he has now and I just wanted to be a part of that.
“I feel very comfortable around him from a trust standpoint. He’s been like a big brother to me now for almost 20 years. It was very important to me to be with a guy who I knew at the end of the day had the same dreams, goals and aspirations as I did."
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