Charlotte baseball head coach Loren Hibbs has announced the hire of former 49er All-American Bo Robinson as the squad's new volunteer assist coach, effective immediately.
Robinson remains the only player in Charlotte 49er history to reach 100 RBI in a season, which he did in 1998, a season in which Charlotte was selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large entry (only 48 teams played in the postseason in those years). He also hit a school-record 32 doubles of his record 106 hits that year, and he owns the career marks for doubles (82), RBI (230) and total bases (499).
He is second in hits all-time at Charlotte (289), third in career runs scored (198) and homers (38), fourth in games played (221), seventh in batting average (.355) and slugging percentage for a career (.612) with the 49ers.
"We are thrilled to add Bo to our coaching staff," said Hibbs. "He was a great player for us, played multiple years in professional baseball and is a Charlotte graduate. He will work with our hitters and infielders as well as coach first base on game days. I know he is excited to be a part of our program and ready to get to work with our position players."
He is one of five players in team history to win a league batting title, hitting .424 for Charlotte in Conference USA in 1998, when he played in all 62 games for the 49ers in 1998. He earned one First-Team and three Second-Team All-America honors after that season, adding to a Freshman All-American honor in 1995.
He was the Seattle Mariners Minor League Player of the Year in 1999 after winning the Midwest League batting title with a .329 average. He also scored 101 runs, posted 102 RBI with 108 walks that season. He followed that with 97 RBI and a .313 average with Lancaster to earn an All-Star nod in the California League. He also spent time in the Yankees and Cardinals organizations, playing up to the 2005 season in the minor leagues. He advanced as far as triple-A with the Columbus Clippers in the Yankees organization.
Robinson is one of the most respected hitting instructors in the Charlotte region, holding the post of Director of Player Development with the On Deck Baseball Skill Development Academy. He was the head coach for On Deck O's team in 2011. He joined On Deck in 2000, with former 49er Jason Hill, during his professional playing career. After his playing days were over, Robinson worked toward completion of his degree at Charlotte, which he did with a B.A. in History, awarded in May of 2010.
He is a local product, attending South Mecklenburg High in Charlotte, earning All-State and All-Conference honors with the Sabres.
Charlotte begins its 35th season of baseball, three program wins shy of 1,000, starting Friday, February 15, 2013, in a home series with Delaware State.