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Marx named Campbell assistant baseball coach

Posted July 2

 Head coach Justin Haire has announced the hiring of Chris Marx as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Campbell University.

Head coach Justin Haire has announced the hiring of Chris Marx as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Campbell University.

“First of all, I’d like to welcome Chris and his wife, Niki, to the Campbell family,” said Haire. “I’m excited to have Chris join our program. It’s great having the opportunity to have a former player of mine be by my side as we look to keep moving forward towards Omaha. Chris’ experience and enthusiasm are the exact fit that we need on our coaching staff and our program.”

Marx comes to Campbell from Arkansas-Little Rock where he served as an assistant coach for three seasons. Marx was promoted to interim head coach of the Trojans on June 9, 2014 after the resignation of Scott Norwood.

“I’m excited to come to Buies Creek and to join such a great program and staff here at Campbell,” said Marx. “I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and continuing build on the recent success of this program.”

He came to UALR after spending the previous five years as the hitting coach at Southern Indiana, including two seasons as recruiting coordinator.

After serving as the hitting coach in his first two seasons with the Trojans, Marx switched over to coach the pitching staff in 2014. In his first season leading the Trojans’ staff, the team posted the school’s best earned run average since Curran Conway/Gary Hogan Field in 1978. The team ERA of 3.90 was good for third in the Sun Belt. The staff was anchored by a solid bullpen that posted a combined ERA of 3.23 and 13 saves.

UALR just missed the Sun Belt tournament finishing tied for eighth despite the pitching staff posting the lowest batting average against (.254) and fewest home runs allowed (27) in the last 10 years.

As recruiting coordinator, Marx helped UALR land a recruiting class led by Chris Gittens (Sherman, Texas), Eric White (El Dorado, Ark.) and Justin Ferrell (Wagoner, Okla.). Gittens, who played at Grayson Community College, was the No. 9 ranked Junior College prospect by PerfectGame.org and was drafted in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. White (El Dorado, Ark.) was also selected in the 32nd round by the Milwaukee Brewers and was a top-500 national recruit according to PerfectGame.org. Ferrell, a Connors State prospect, was drafted in the 36th round by the Houston Astros.

Marx helped UALR produce another stellar hitting team during the 2013 season, as the Trojans ranked sixth nationally in home runs per game (0.98) and tied for eighth in total home runs (55). The numbers marked the second-straight season UALR ranked in the top-10 nationally in the respective categories. Additionally, the Trojans ranked third in the Sun Belt Conference in slugging percentage (.423), third in doubles (114) and second in homers.

In his first season at UALR, Marx helped the Trojans put together one of the greatest offensive seasons in school history. The 2012 Trojans ranked in the top-10 nationally in four offensive categories, while setting school records for home runs and triples in a season. UALR earned an NCAA statistical championship in 2012 by tying Eastern Kentucky for the national lead in home runs per game (1.22). The Trojans finished second nationally with 66 home runs, after ending the regular season tied with Florida for first place, while ranking third in slugging percentage (.477) and sixth in scoring (7.4 runs per game). UALR ranked in the top-25 in the country in a total of eight offensive categories, including on-base percentage (.395) and stolen bases per game (1.65), where it finished 14th and 20th, respectively. The Trojans also tied a school record for total bases in a single season.

Senior Sean Bignall led the way for the Trojan offense in 2012, setting new UALR single-season records for home runs (18), total bases (149) and runs scored (60). He was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, which are given annually to the nation’s top player, and received Third Team All-America accolades from both Louisville Slugger and the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings. His efforts helped the Trojans lead the Sun Belt Conference in nine statistical categories in 2012, including batting average, runs scored, RBI, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs and stolen bases.

Marx coached a school-record five All-Sun Belt Conference selections 2012, three of which also garnered a spot on the ABCA All-South Central Region Team.

Marx's time at USI was highlighted by a 2010 Division II National Championship that saw the Eagles win a school-record 52 games, including 42 of their last 49, and knock off No. 1-ranked UC San Diego in the title game. With Marx as the hitting coach, the Eagles set new team records for hits, doubles, RBI and runs scored in their 2010 championship campaign. USI also set new team records for home runs in two of Marx's last three seasons with the team.

Prior to his time with USI, Marx was the head coach of the Indiana Yankees, a U17 select-travel team, and served as an assistant with the Dubois County Bombers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League. With Marx on the staff, the Bombers won the CICL league and tournament championships in 2007.

Marx spent the first two years of his playing career at Olney Central Community College (2003-05) before finishing his collegiate career at Ouachita Baptist (2005-07) where he was coached by Haire, helping the Tigers to 50 wins and a No. 1 national ranking in 2007.

He graduated from USI in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in health services before earning his master's in health administration in 2011.

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