Auburn, Ala.--After coaching last season as a student while finishing up his degree at Auburn, former Tiger and Major League Baseball standout Gabe Gross is rejoining the Auburn baseball program as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the 2013 season, Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski announced on Monday.
“We are excited that Gabe Gross, a very familiar name around Auburn, will return to our staff and help us on our quest for Omaha in 2013,” Pawlowski said. “I was encouraged by the progress we made offensively last year and he certainly was a big part of that. Besides continuing to work with our outfielders, Gabe will also have the opportunity to lead and direct our hitters.”
Gross was a three-year starter in the Auburn outfield from 1999-01. A career .375 hitter, he hit a blistering .430 in his All-America campaign of 2000. He remains in the school’s top-10 for career doubles (68, second), extra-base hits (108, third), walks (145, third), RBIs (218, fourth), total bases (442, fifth), home runs (35, eighth) and hits (259, ninth). A first round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001, he enjoyed a seven-year big league career, hitting .239 with 78 doubles, eight triples, 40 home runs and 186 RBIs while playing for four different teams.
Working alongside former Volunteer Assistant and now full-time assistant coach Ty Megahee with Auburn's offense along with Link Jarrett, who has moved on to be the head coach at UNC-Greensboro, Gross got a feel for coaching on the collegiate level and is ready for more responsibility this season.
“I am excited about guiding our offense this season,” Gross said. “Working with the team last year was a good experience and I look forward to helping our hitters develop and reach their potential. I want to thank Coach Pawlowski for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to getting to work.”
Gross returned to Auburn as a student assistant coach for the 2012 season while finishing his undergraduate degree in business management.
Pawlowski also announced that Justin Fradejas, who lettered at Auburn from 2010-11, has joined the team as a student assistant coach as he finishes his degree. He will fill the spot vacated by Wes Gilmer, who was recently named an assistant coach at USC-Beaufort.