WATCH: UPIKE introduces Casey Hamilton as head baseball coach

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Pikeville and UPIKE Director of Athletics Kelly Wells has named Casey Hamilton as the school’s new head baseball coach, the department officially announced on Wednesday.

On Monday the following week, UPIKE officially introduced Hamilton.

“We are very excited to bring Casey on as our head baseball coach,” Wells said. “He brings an exciting brand of baseball to campus and has a proven track record of leadership and academic success for his student-athletes. His recruiting prowess is one of the most respected in the community and will help make a quick impact on the team.”

Hamilton, an Ashland, Ky. native, comes to UPIKE after serving the 2019 season as the associate head coach at NCAA D-II Kentucky Wesleyan and spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach. He replaces Jim Pitt who left the program after four seasons to take the head coaching position at Union University.

“Being from eastern Kentucky, I love the area. Coach Wells and his family made my family feel so lucky and welcomed from the time we met them,” Hamilton said. “Coaches Gassman and Pitt have done really well with the program and I’m excited to try to take it to the next level.”

Hamilton is retaining current assistant coach Jake Sokoll and graduate assistant Sean Ryan to round out his staff.

During Hamilton’s three years at KWC, the baseball program achieved a 91-67 record and reached three straight Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) Tournament finals, including the program’s first-ever conference title in 2017. He also coached 33 All-GMAC players, two All-Americans, and the 2019 GMAC Pitcher of the Year.

In conjunction with his Kentucky Wesleyan position, Hamilton was also the head coach of the Owensboro Oilers of the Ohio Valley Collegiate Baseball League. In 2016, Hamilton led the Oilers to a 24-18 record after posting a 10-30 record the year prior.

Hamilton has also previously coached at Vero Beach (FL) High School, West Jessamine High School, Olney Central College, Western Kentucky University, and other summer college teams.

Hamilton received his Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from WKU in 2008, spending three seasons on the baseball team. A three-year letter winner, Hamilton started every game all three years and ranks fifth in the record books in doubles. Hamilton also earned a spot on the 2005 Sunbelt All-Tournament team.

Prior to WKU, Hamilton spent one year at Mississippi State University where he was named to the SEC Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Hamilton finished third in the SEC tournament while playing in the 2004 NCAA Regional at Georgia Tech.

Hamilton is a native of Ashland, Ky. and is married to his wife, Alix, and has one daughter, Kennedy.