Head Coach: North Carolina State University
Elliott Avent's legacy with the Wolfpack has taken clear shape - a legacy of victories and of individual and collective achievement.
NC State has had just 16 head coaches in 102 years of varsity baseball, and only three of them coached the Wolfpack longer than Avent, whose 416 career victories with the Wolfpack rank him second in the history of the program, behind only legendary Sam Esposito.
Avent has taken the Wolfpack to eight NCAA regionals and one NCAA Super Regional. He has coached 10 All-Americans in 11 years. NC State has produced five first-team All-Americans in its 102-year history. Avent coached three of them. His players have earned first-team All-ACC 19 times and made second team all-conference 16 times. Major League Baseball has drafted 42 of Avent's players, including 23 in the last five years. Avent was named ACC and National Coach of the Year in 2003, and was selected for the USA Baseball coaching staff in 2004.
Avent's achievements have come at a fast and furious pace since 2003. Five NCAA Tournament appearances in as many years, six All-Americans, an NCAA Regional championship, an NCAA Super Regional berth, 21 All-ACC players, a new ballpark, ACC and National Coach of the Year honors, and a spot on the USA Baseball coaching staff, all of that has come Avent's way since 2003.
Before coming to NC State, Avent spent eight seasons (1989-96) at New Mexico State University, where he compiled a 225-213 record and left as the second-winningest coach in school history. Avent took over a New Mexico State program that school administrators were considering dropping and guided it to its greatest success ever. Four times in eight years he led the Aggies to 30 victories, once more than all previous coaches in school history combined.
Avent began his coaching career as an assistant coach at North Carolina Wesleyan from 1981-82 under former Old Dominion head coach Tony Guzzo, helping to lead the Bishops to a two-year record of 62-28 and a fourth-place finish in the 1982 NCAA Division III World Series. Avent followed Guzzo to Virginia Commonwealth in 1983 and worked there for one season. From 1984-85 Avent was an assistant coach at Louisburg (N.C) Junior College under Hall of Fame coach Russ Frazier, an NC State alumnus.