Aug. 18, 2016
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall baseball’s all-time home run leader, Victor Gomez, has returned to accept an assistant coaching position for the Thundering Herd, head coach Jeff Waggoner announced Thursday.
“Marshall baseball is very excited to have one of its greatest players of all time return to Huntington,” Herd coach Jeff Waggoner said. “I was very lucky to coach Victor. We had over 200 applicants apply for this job, but I chose Victor because I was very excited to work alongside of him as a coach. He has a coach’s mind and he was always an extension of the coaching staff here as a player. Victor is a perfect fit for the program and we are very excited and lucky to have him.”
The Miami native rejoins the Herd after an impressive career from 2008-11. Gomez leads Marshall all-time in eight offensive categories, including games played (217), at bats (849), hits (294), doubles (48), home runs (52), RBIs (211), total bases (510) and sacrifice files (20). In his first season with the Herd, Gomez was named to the All-Conference USA Freshman Team and All-C-USA Second Team. He also was named to the Louisville Slugger’s Freshmen All-American team and ABCA All-Mideast Region Team. As a sophomore and junior, he was named to the All-C-USA First Team.
Gomez signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in 2011. In Aug. 2012, Gomez signed with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League.
“I’m very excited and grateful for this opportunity to be back with the Marshall baseball program,” Gomez said. “I’m thrilled to work with the hitters alongside Coach Waggoner who has overseen the hitters the last 10 seasons. Marshall and Huntington have always held a special place in my heart. I’m excited to come in and work hard so we can build off the success of last season.”
Gomez graduated from Marshall University in 2013 with a regents Bachelor of Arts degree. He remained in Huntington from April-Aug. 2013 as he served as an assistant coach for Huntington High School and the 16U Huntington Hounds travel summer baseball team.
Gomez returned to Miami in Aug. 2013 to become an assistant coach with LaSalle High School. He helped train student-athletes, provide staff support and coached fall teams. In January of 2014, Gomez accepted a job with Miami Dade College as an assistant baseball coach and recruitment coordinator.
This past summer Gomez was the head baseball coach with the Front Royal Cardinals of the Summer Collegiate Valley Baseball League. He was responsible for recruitment of players, camp management, running practices and instructing players on baseball techniques.
Current assistant coach Josh Newman has been promoted to head recruiting coordinator. Last season, Newman guided senior Chase Boster to a first team All-Conference USA selection and Joshua Shapiro to an All-Freshman team selection. Newman’s pitching staff also featured three MLB Draft selections in Burris Warner, JD Hammer and Parker Danciu.