For the second consecutive season North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox has been honored by his peers as the 2007 American Baseball Coaches Association Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday. Fox guided the Tar Heels to a school-record and NCAA-best 57 wins, a second straight runner-up finish at the College World Series and the program’s first Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1990.
In 24 years of coaching, Fox owns a 938-317-5 overall record and entered 2007 with the nation’s second-best winning percentage among active coaches. He is 398-176-1 in nine seasons at his alma mater.
After becoming just the 10th man to both play in and coach in Omaha in 2006, Fox became only the fourth coach in ACC history to guide his team to back-to-back trips to the CWS. En route to the program’s sixth College World Series appearance, the Tar Heels captured both the NCAA Chapel Hill regional and super regional titles.
UNC earned the ACC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with its fifth conference tournament title, first under Fox and first since 1990.
The record 57 wins in 2007 surpass the 54-victory mark set a year ago. Carolina’s 111 wins over the last two seasons are second nationally.