Birmingham confirmed his selection Friday from Dallas, where he is attending the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention.
“It’s a lot more on your plate besides building a baseball program (at UNM) and building a baseball field,” Birmingham said. “But I thought it was good for New Mexico that I get on (the coaching staff) and especially for the university, because it’s a humbling honor.”
UNM is in the process of renovating Lobo Field.
On the staff with Birmingham are Arkansas’ Dave Van Horn, manager; Texas A&M’s Rob Childress, pitching coach; and Pepperdine’s Steve Rodriguez, third-base coach.
Birmingham will assist in selecting and training the team.
Competitions are scheduled for Europe and Cuba, he said.
“It will start somewhere in mid-June and then go through the first of August,” he said.
Last season, Birmingham’s Lobos led all NCAA Division I teams in batting average (.334), on-base percentage (.422), slugging percentage (.504), doubles per game (2.53) and runs per game (8.3).
Hitting, he said, is “a passion of mine. … You’ve got to be aggressively patient; it’s a skill you can learn.”
Birmingham completed his sixth season at UNM in June. The Lobos have won the past two Mountain West Conference regular-season titles and have competed in four consecutive NCAA Regionals.
Before coming to UNM, Birmingham coached New Mexico Junior College to a national title in 2005.
Birmingham was recognized at the ABCA Convention for having registered his 1,000th career victory last season. That milestone was reached via a 19-5 rout of Air Force on April. 6.
He is a 1973 graduate of Hobbs High School. Birmingham is a New Mexico State University graduate and earned a master’s in education administration at College of the Southwest in Hobbs.