Bobby Pierce Named Head Baseball Coach

Former Arkansas-Little Rock assistant comes to Metro State

Bobby Pierce was named head baseball coach at Metro State, Monday<br>Photo courtesy of Arkansas-Little Rock

Bobby Pierce was named head baseball coach at Metro State, Monday
Photo courtesy of Arkansas-Little Rock

July 31, 2006

DENVER, COLO. - Former Arkansas-Little Rock assistant coach Bobby Pierce has been named head baseball coach at Metro State, Roadrunner athletic director Joan McDermott announced Monday.

"We are very excited to have Bobby Pierce join our staff as baseball coach," said McDermott. "Bobby is enthusiastic, hard-working and energetic. He has shown that he is a successful recruiter and he has great experience as both a player and a coach."

Pierce spent three seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock under head coach Jim Lawler. While at Arkansas-Little Rock, Pierce primarily worked as the hitting coach. In 2006, the Trojans posted an overall record of 24-30, including 5-19 in the Sun Belt Conference. Under Pierce's tutelage, the Arkansas-Little Rock hitters increased the team batting average by 19 points from 2004 to 2005 (.276), and by 22 points from 2005 to 2006 (.298). Pierce helped coach nine players that continued their baseball careers as professionals. He also helped put together two nationally-ranked recruiting classes by Collegiate Baseball Magazine in 2004 and 2005.

"I am extremely excited to be the head baseball coach at Metro State," said Pierce. "Metro State is one of the premier institutions in the state of Colorado and it provides a great education and experience for its student-athletes. I am grateful for the opportunity that Joan McDermott and the Metro State administration have given me."

Prior to his position at Arkansas-Little Rock, Pierce served as the recruiting coordinator at Central Arizona College under head coach Clint Myers for one season. The Vaqueros, the nation's top-ranked team in the preseason, finished the 2003 season ranked eighth in the National Junior College Athletic Association national poll after posting a 38-17 overall record.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Pierce served as the head coach of the Elkhart Dusters of the Jayhawk Collegiate Summer Baseball League in 2004, as well as an assistant coach during the 2003 season.

As a player, Pierce spent the 1998 season at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, before transferring to Central Arizona College for the 1999 season, where his team qualified for the National Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. He then spent his 2000 junior and 2001 senior seasons at New Mexico State University. Pierce earned second team all-Big West Conference honors as a utility player in 2000. A 2001 graduate of New Mexico State, Pierce earned a bachelor's degree in accounting.

A Las Vegas, Nev., native, Pierce was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 60th round in the June 1997 free agent draft following his prep career at Green Valley High School.

Pierce and his wife, Lizette, have a son, Bobby Pierce, Jr.

Pierce replaces former coach Vince Porreco, who resigned in May after 14 seasons with the Roadrunners. Metro State finished the 2006 season with a 26-25 overall record, including a 19-13 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and advanced to the RMAC Tournament.

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