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Hunt named new Highlands baseball head coach

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – New Mexico Highlands athletic director Jeff Falkner named Shannon Hunt head coach of New Mexico Highlands baseball on Tuesday.

Hunt was currently in his second stint and third season with Highlands.

“Shannon was an excellent choice not just for the program but for the university and the Las Vegas community as a whole,’ Falkner said.

Hunt will take over for Steve Jones, who leaves Highlands after 17 seasons, six NCAA Tournament appearances and a 550-395 record.

“I am proud to be Steve Jones’ successor.  I came here because of him and we are longtime friends of nearly 30 years, sharing a love of baseball, hunting and fishing,” Hunt said.

Jones resigned his position on Oct. 29 to start the program at Texas A&M-Texarkana.

“I am happy for Steve as it was a great opportunity for him. I know that he will excel with his new program; they are blessed to have him. I believe it is a great opportunity for both of us.  Again, I am excited and yet humbled to be able to take over for Coach Jones,” Hunt added.

The 2015 edition of the Highlands baseball team returns three All-Conference performers in seniors Matthew Chavez, Morgan McCasland  and Andrew Ratterman.

Chavez and McCasland are regarded as possible draft picks next summer in the MLB Baseball Draft.