Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Van Hook, King Take Coaching Postions for Texas

Well, you know the old saying: "If you can't do, teach."

Totally joking of course in this case, but former Texas baseball players Clay Van Hook and Ben King have been given coaching gigs by Augie and the team. Van Hook will be a graduate assistant, helping teach infielding and defense to the players. King will be a volunteer assistant, helping out with the pitching staff and reestablishing himself as the first base coach. You might remember that King was injured during the 2002 championship year and served as the first base coach during the year.

King overcame his elbow injuries and was drafted by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2002 draft. King has been knocking around the minors up until this year, when he gave up the dream to rejoin the Texas team. King was a high-powered transfer from Alabama, but is elbow injuries may have kept him from really taking off and having a longer major league career.

Van Hook just finished his senior campaign with the Horns, in 2007. He was drafted in the MLB draft, but not until the 45th rounds. That is usually not a good indicator of major league glory. As such, Van Hook is back in Austin to pursue a future in coaching. Van Hook was a good player for the Horns, lettering for three straight years. He really peaked his sophomore year, but took a slide in playing time leading up to his senior campaign. Van Hook ended his career as a pinch hitter and spot starter for Texas.

Welcome back to Austin.

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