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Kirby named NMSU baseball coach

Mike Kirby has been named New Mexico State’s baseball coach Monday morning, becoming the 11th head baseball coach in Aggie history.

“After a nationwide search that yielded several top candidates, I felt that the right coach and the right fit for the Aggie baseball program was Mike [Kirby],” Mario Moccia, NMSU director of athletics, said in a release. “Mike is an extremely passionate individual who I know will do everything in his power to keep our program successful, take it to new heights and excite our community.”

Kirby is set to be introduced formall during a press conference scheduled for Thursday at 2:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Stan Fulton Athletic Center in the Danny Villanueva Victory Club. The event is open to the public and will be followed by a meet and greet from 4-6 p.m. in the same room.

Kirby won seven conference titles – including the 1995 College World Series Championship as an assistant at his alma mater Cal State Fullerton. He’s also seen 104 players selected in the MLB Draft during his coaching career – including 27 that have played in the Major Leagues.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I embrace this new role as head coach for New Mexico State University,” Kirby said in a release. “I would like to first thank Chancellor Arvizu, President Floros and Director of Athletics Mario Moccia for entrusting me with the Aggie baseball program. I’m excited about the opportunity and ready to embark on this journey and look forward to helping continue and build upon the success that has been paved by Coach Green and his staff.”

The Huntington Beach, Calif., native spent the last five seasons at Nebraska (2014-19) where he served as an assistant head coach. While in Lincoln, Kirby worked with the infielders and served as the team’s third-base case. In those five seasons, he helped see 13 players selected in the MLB Draft.

Nebraska made three NCAA Regional appearances while Kirby was on staff in addition to a Big Ten regular-season title in 2017. The Huskers also had five All-Americans during that stretch, three of which were infielders – including a second-round draft pick in Ryan Boldt.