CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – After spending seven successful seasons on the University of North Carolina baseball staff, Scott Forbes has been promoted to associate head coach, head coach Mike Fox announced Wednesday. Following a stint in Chapel Hill as an assistant from 1999-2002, Forbes has served as the Tar Heels’ pitching coach for the last three seasons and has helped guide Carolina to three straight College World Series appearances.
In addition to his associate head coach title, the Sanford, N.C., native will continue his role as pitching coach.
“Scott has been invaluable to our staff in each of his seven seasons at Carolina, but he has helped guide our pitching staff to new heights over the last three seasons,” said Fox, who coached Forbes as a player at North Carolina Wesleyan. “He is a hard worker, a tireless recruiter and has built a great relationship with our players and staff. We owe much of our success over the last three years to him, and this promotion is well deserved.”
Since returning to North Carolina after a three-year stint at Winthrop, Forbes has built the Tar Heels’ pitching staff into one of the nation’s best. Last year, his staff led the country in earned run average, strikeouts per nine inning and fewest hits allowed per nine innings. Carolina’s 2.92 ERA was the program’s lowest since 1983 and its 681 strikeouts smashed the school record by 138. Under Forbes’ watch, the Tar Heels have posted ERAs of 2.92, 3.52 and 3.35 over the last three seasons.
With Forbes as their pitching coach, Andrew Miller, Andrew Carignan and Alex White each earned All-America honors, with Miller and White capturing Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. Miller claimed Baseball America National Player of the Year honors in 2006 and also earned the Roger Clemens Award as the nation’s top hurler. Since 2006, six Tar Heel pitchers have earned all-conference honors.
Forbes also has a proven track record of preparing his pitchers for the next level, as eight Tar Heels have been selected in the major league draft over the last three years, and one has inked a free agent deal. Both Miller and Daniel Bard were first-round selections in 2006, and Miller, currently with the Florida Marlins, has pitched in the majors in each of the last three seasons.
In Miller, Robert Woodard and Adam Warren, Forbes has coached the Tar Heels’ career leaders in strikeouts, wins and winning percentage, respectively.
Additionally, Forbes helped guide a pair of Tar Heels to individual statistical titles, as Jonathan Hovis claimed the 2006 NCAA ERA title at 1.17, and Carignan tied for the national lead with 18 saves in 2007.
On the recruiting front, Forbes played in an integral role in landing the nation’s No. 6 freshman class in 2007 and the No. 4 freshman class last season.
Forbes’ promotion rounds out the 2009 North Carolina coaching staff. In addition to Fox, Forbes will continue his work as pitching coach. New hire Scott Jackson will serve as Carolina’s hitting coach and recruiting coordinator and assistant Matt McCay will be back for a second season.