New Virginia Tech baseball coach John Szefc is busy.
The newly-hired head man for the Hokies made three more hires to his staff on Thursday, filling minor roles on the staff. Here are the hires…
Corey Haines — Director of Baseball Operations
Micheal Thomas — Volunteer Assistant-Catchers
Logan Bible — Video Coordinator
Corey Haines has spent his last eight seasons working at Maryland, with the last five being under Szefc’s reign. Haines began as a student assistant in 2009 and assisted in recruiting and scouting.
“I’m very excited to continue working alongside Coach Szefc and eager to build the Virginia Tech baseball program the right way in Blacksburg,” Haines said in a statement. “I would like to thank Coach Szefc for this opportunity and we will do everything we can to make Blacksburg and Virginia Tech the place to be in the coming years.”
Micheal Thomas has been a student manager for Kentucky for the last two seasons. Thomas played at Kentucky from 2011-2014 and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 MLB Draft.
“I feel really good about having Micheal Thomas join our staff,” Szefc said in a statement. “He spent four years in the SEC as a catcher at Kentucky and several years in pro ball doing the same thing. He’s been on the Kentucky coaching staff the past two years and specifically has worked to develop their catchers and I’ve always felt that it’s very important to have a good catching coach on staff.
“So he will balance off our staff in that respect and he will be able to develop the catching part of our program. I think that will help us recruit good catchers knowing that there is a guy on staff that can do that. So, that combination of expertise in that area and his six years of experience made him a really easy candidate for that position.”
Logan Bible played for Virginia Tech from 2013-2016, and interned with the San Francisco 49ers to assist with scouting and quarterbacks coaching over the summer. Bible returned to Virginia Tech last season to help with video efforts.
“Keeping Logan Bible here is important for a lot of reasons,” Szefc said. “Number one, he does a really good job with the video aspect of what we are doing as far as scouting and video development. But also, it’s really important to have a guy on our staff that has a Virginia Tech background, that knows the place and is a former student-athlete here. He will help our new staff members get up to speed with Blacksburg and the campus.”
These hires come just one day after Szefc announced that Ryan Fecteau had been hired as the team’s pitching coach. Szefc has yet to officially name a hitting coach.