LYNCHBURG, VA. - Liberty Baseball Head Coach Jim Toman announced he has hired Nick Schnabel to his coaching staff as a full-time assistant coach.
"Nick Schnabel was highly recommended by everyone who knows him," stated Toman. "He is a high-energy guy who had a tremendous career at East Carolina and is one of the top young up- and-coming coaches in the nation. He is a man of solid Christian morals and will be an asset to Liberty University and our baseball program.
"Nick will be the hitting and infield instructor," continued Toman. "I am very excited he has decided to join the Liberty baseball family."
A highly respected member of the collegiate baseball community, Schnabel comes to Liberty after two seasons as a full-time assistant coach at Army. During his time at West Point, he served as the Black Knights' hitting instructor, while working with the team's infielders and overseeing the club's defensive alignment. Off the field, Schnabel focused on national recruiting for Army with a focus on the East Coast.
The Martinez, Calif., native began his coaching career in 2003 as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, East Carolina, and a year later, was hired as an assistant coach at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. At Chipola, he filled the roles of infield instructor, assistant hitting instructor and academic monitor. In the summer of 2005, Schnabel was named a full-time assistant by Army head coach Joe Sottolano.
A 2000 graduate of East Carolina, Schnabel lettered twice as the Pirates' starting second baseman. In his two seasons at East Carolina, he helped the Pirates win two consecutive league championships and secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Regionals both of those seasons. In 1999, Schnabel garnered first-team Colonial Athletic Association honors and was selected the CAA's Defensive Player of the Year. He began his collegiate career at Ohlone College in Freemont, Calif., where he was a first-team all-conference performer and preseason Junior College All-American.
After graduation, Schnabel spent four years in the Montreal Expos organization, playing on five levels of its farm system. He concluded his career as a member of the Double-A Eastern League Harrisburg Senators in 2003.