Former Mississippi State baseball player Will Coggin has been named MSU coordinator of baseball camps, head coach John Cohen announced Wednesday. Coggin replaces Zach Dillon, who took a coaching position this past month with McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
“Will is a winner,” Cohen said. “He has been a big part of postseason championships at MSU and then became an integral part of the most successful run in St. Johns River State College history. His work ethic and expertise in offensive baseball is among the best in the country.”
In addition to his duties associated with directing MSU’s summer and winter baseball camps, Coggin will also serve as the Bulldogs’ volunteer assistant coach and coach first base during the season.
“I am thankful to join Coach Cohen’s staff,” Coggin said. “I am excited to be back at my alma mater and to have the privilege of putting on the M-over-S which means so much to me. It is an honor to serve this great university.”
Coggin comes to Starkville after serving as an assistant coach the past three years at St. Johns River State College in Palatka, Fla. While there, the Booneville native helped lead the Vikings to a 122-42 overall record (.744), including a 57-14 mark (.803) inside the Mid-Florida Conference. The 122 wins from 2013-15 were the most by a Florida junior college. After being ranked as high as 18th nationally in 2013 and fourth in the country in 2014 by Perfect Game, the Vikings earned a No. 1 ranking for much of this past spring.
Serving as the SJRSC third base coach and recruiting coordinator, Coggin was part of a 2015 squad which won a school-record 47 games (47-10), surpassing the previous mark of 38 set in 2013. The Vikings won their third straight Mid-Florida Conference championship this past spring, accomplishing the feat for the first time since 1966-68. Coggin also helped lead SJRSC to its first Florida State Tournament win in 38 years, finishing the season first in the Florida junior college ranks in wins, runs, home runs, RBIs, walks, on-base percentage and total bases.
“Everyone at St. Johns River is happy for Will,” SJRSC head coach Ross Jones said. “Coach Coggin did an outstanding job for us and was a relentless worker. He was a tremendous asset to our program the last three years and will be missed.”
Individually, Coggin was instrumental in player development, coaching 17 players who went on to sign with Division I programs. Included in that number is first baseman Nathaniel Lowe, a Mississippi State signee who earned NJCAA First-Team All-American honors as a first baseman in 2015 after hitting .372 with 59 runs, 53 RBIs and 17 home runs in 56 games.
Prior to coaching in Florida, Coggin was part of Cohen’s staff at MSU from 2009-12. During that stretch, the Maroon and White won the 2011 NCAA Atlanta Regional, advanced to the 2011 NCAA Gainesville Super Regional and captured the 2012 SEC Tournament championship on their way to appearing in the 2012 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
Before joining the staff in Starkville, Coggin was a middle infielder for the Bulldogs from 2007-08 after transferring from Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he played from 2005-06. Coggin earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2010 from MSU before receiving a master’s degree in sports administration in 2012.
(From MSU Media Relations)