Mike Fox was named 2006 ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Aug. 15, 2006
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - After leading his team to the finest season in program history, North Carolina head coach Mike Fox was recently honored by his peers as the 2006 American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond Sports Company NCAA Division I Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Fox, who owns an 881-301-5 overall record in 23 years of coaching and a 341-160-1 mark in eight seasons in Chapel Hill, guided the Tar Heels to their best-ever College World Series showing in 2006. UNC captured the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional and Tuscaloosa Super Regional titles before advancing to Omaha for the fifth time in program history. At the CWS, Carolina won its first three games to reach in the event's championship series for the first time.
The champions of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Tar Heels posted a 54-15 overall record in 2006 and set school records for victories (54), home victories (38) and ACC victories (22).
This past season, several Tar Heels earned individual honors under Fox, including national player of the year and Roger Clemens Award winner Andrew Miller, as well as All-America shortstop Josh Horton. Miller, Horton, outfielder Jay Cox and pitcher Robert Woodard earned All-ACC accolades this season, while catcher Tim Federowicz was a freshman All-America selection.
Cox and right-hander Jonathan Hovis are already off to fast starts in the professional ranks, while Miller recently signed a four-year major league contract with the Detroit Tigers.