Eric Gutierrez, a former Texas Tech All-American first baseman, will join the Texas Tech baseball team as a volunteer assistant coach.
Originally from Mission, Gutierrez returns to Lubbock after he finished a professional career with the Miami Marlins, according to a Tech Athletics news release.
In 2014 Gutierrez was part of the Red Raider team that made its first-ever appearance to the College World Series — this was also after he was named to the NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament Team.
During the 2015 season he received All-Big 12 honors and was added to the ABCA All-Midwest Region team.
Later, in 2016, he received the Big 12 Player of the Year award after hitting .333 throughout 67 games. The former first baseman was then drafted in the 20th round by the Marlins and spent three years with the Batavia Muckdogs, Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Gutierrez starts his volunteer coaching career after earning a degree in general studies from Tech earlier this month.
“I’m so fortunate to start my career in Lubbock working alongside coach Tadlock and his amazing staff at Texas Tech,” Gutierrez said in the news release. “I am beyond excited for this opportunity and I’m eager to start the season.”
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