J.C. Bunch has completed his first season as a full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers baseball team. He also finished his 10th overall campaign on the coaching staff.
He played a major role in the Tigers most successful NCAA Division III season, when Trinity won the 2016 DIII World Series.
Coach Bunch, who joined the staff in the fall of 2006, tells his players “their goal is to make a pitcher throw a good pitch to hit.” He teaches being selectively aggressive at the plate, and focuses on driving the baseball to the big part of the field.
Coach Bunch fired up the bases as a Tiger player from 1998-2001. He is the No. 2-ranked Trinity player in single-season batting average (.475, in 1998). Coach Bunch is tied for second place in career home runs (30 total), and is fifth in career batting average (.400).
He was named to the All-West Region teams from 1998-2000. In 2007, Coach Bunch was
elected to the SCAC 15th Anniversary Baseball Team. Coach Bunch is one of just three players in league history to be named to the SCAC All-Tournament Team three times in a career.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2001 from Trinity, Coach Bunch
played two seasons in the Texas Rangers Minor League system. His rookie year, he led the
league with a .333 average, which was also good for second in the organization behind only
Hank Blalock. His minor league experience took him to the Gulf Coast Rangers, the Pulaski
Rangers, and the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Coach Bunch has been a chemistry teacher at San Antonio’s Saint Mary’s Hall for nine years. He and his wife, Sheridan, have two sons, Brooks and Briggs. The couple is expecting their third child in December 2016.