Stockton named new UH asst. coach

July 7, 2008 10:49:33 AM PDT
University of Houston baseball coach Rayner Noble announced Monday the hiring of Russell Stockton as assistant baseball coach. Stockton, a four-year letterman at Houston (1998-1991), spent the last 10 seasons as head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville where he finished with a 275-273 record, including two conference championships. "Russell is a mirror image of what I have in the program right now in Jorge Garza and Abe Arguello. We have three coaches on our staff now that are going to be getting after it in a big way. That's why I am excited that he is coming on board," Noble said.

Stockton replaces Kirk Blount who resigned at the end of the season to pursue a career in the private sector. Stockton will coach the offense and assist with the infield defense.

Stockton leaves Texas A&M-Kingsville as the winningest baseball coach in program history. The Javelinas finished 2008 as the Lone Star Conference Champions and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament. In four of the past six years, Stockton's teams have posted at least 30 wins in a season.

"He has been a very successful head coach at his two previous stops. He is adept at teaching every skill of the game. He has had to do that everywhere that he has been because he hasn't had the assistant coaches available to him at those places," Noble said.

Prior to being at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Stockton was the head coach at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas. While at Cedar Valley, he was named the 1997 National Junior College Athletic Association Regional Coach of the Year. His 1997 team won the Metro Athletics Conference championship and finished second in the NJCAA World Series.

Stockton was also vice president and head coach at the Bragg Stockton Skills and Drills Baseball Camps for 12 years. He has been a private instructor and has coached more than 500 players at various levels and positions.

Stockton returns to Houston where he was a letterman from 1988-1991 under his father Bragg Stockton. During his tenure at Houston, he was a three-year starter in the infield and also was a relief pitcher for two seasons. His teams qualified for two Southwest Conference Tournaments and an NCAA Regional.

Stockton holds bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology from Houston. He and his wife, Linda, have five children.

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