COLLEGE STATION—Andy Sawyers has joined the Texas A&M baseball program as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Rob Childress announced Monday.
Sawyers, 32, will handle the outfielders and assist with hitters. He comes to A&M after five seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Nebraska.
“Andy and I have known each other and have worked side by side for a long time,” Childress said. “He knows everything we do, both on and off the field, and it’s the same philosophy he’s been a part of for the last six years. Andy has stepped right in and hit the ground running, and he’s already made our program better. We’re lucky to have him in our program.”
During his time at Nebraska, Sawyers coached multiple All-Americans and all-conference honorees as the Huskers made four NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the College World Series (2005).
Prior to Nebraska, Sawyers served as head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College for two seasons. During his tenure, the Dragons went a combined 87-30, reaching the postseason in both of his seasons as head coach. In 2001, the program went 40-16 and won the Jayhawk West Sub-Regional.
In 2002, Hutchinson set a school record with 47 wins and was ranked as high as seventh nationally by the NJCAA. In all, 14 of his players earned all-conference recognition, including a first-team All-American, and two Dragons were drafted.
Before joining the Dragon staff, Sawyers served as a volunteer assistant coach at Nebraska during the 2000 season, helping the Huskers to 51 wins and the school’s first NCAA Regional title.
He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Northwestern (La.) State during the 1999 season, helping the Demons to a 38-21 record. Sawyers served as the catchers’ coach, and both of his players earned All-Southland Conference honors. Northwestern State set five single-season school records, including most hits and runs scored in a season.
A native of Willits, Calif., Sawyers played at Nebraska for two seasons (1997-98) at catcher after beginning his collegiate career at Point Loma Nazarene and Mendocino Junior College. He made 76 career starts behind the plate for the Huskers.
Sawyers, married to the former Dena Lindeblad, received both his bachelor’s (1998) and master’s (2000) degrees from the University of Nebraska. He replaces Will Bolt, who left A&M following the 2007 season to become the head coach at Texarkana College.
Texas A&M University, Volunteer Assistant Coach 2007-
University of Nebraska, Assistant Coach 2002-2007
Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Head Coach 2000-02
University of Nebraska, Volunteer Assistant Coach 2000
Kearney (Mo.) River Bandits (M.I.N.K. League), Head Coach 1999
Northwestern (La.) State Univ., Volunteer Assistant Coach 1999
University of Nebraska 1997-98
Mendocino (Calif.) Junior College 1996
Point Loma (Calif.) Nazarene College 1994