Former Mississippi State assistant coach Lane Burroughs is adding plenty of Bulldog flavor to his staff at Northwestern State.
When Burroughs left Starkville to become the head coach for the Demons following the 2012 season, he brought MSU graduate assistant G.T. McCullough with him as a volunteer assistant.
Burroughs promoted McCullough to a full-time position on Monday and added former Diamond Dog catcher Nick Ammirati to be his new volunteer assistant according to a release from the university.
Ammirati lettered for Mississippi State in 2012-13 after previous stints at Seton Hall and Panola (Texas) Junior College. As a senior, Ammirati helped the Bulldogs reach the championship series of the College World Series. He hit .246 with three doubles and 23 runs batted in during the 2013 season.
The Sparta, N.J., native spent one season in the Seattle Mariners farm system where he went 2-for-20 with an RBI in seven games in the Arizona Rookie League.
Ammirati spent the summer coaching the Hoptown Hoppers in the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate League.