Texas Tech head baseball coach Tim Tadlock hired the first assistant to his staff Wednesday, hiring J-Bob Thomas, who will work primarily with the Red Raider catchers while assisting with the teams hitters.

The 29-year-old Thomas spent the previous seven seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Howard College.

During his time at Howard, Thomas helped turn the Hawks into the winningest Division I junior college program in the nation (247 wins – averaged 49 wins a season) while winning the NJCAA D-I World Series in 2009 with an eye-popping 63-1 overall record, which included a college baseball record 57-game win streak.

“J-Bob has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity,” Tadlock said. “We are very excited to add him to our coaching staff.”

Howard won at least 45 games during each Thomas’ last five seasons with the team. The Hawks finished in the top five in the country in hitting during each of his seven seasons with the university, leading the nation in batting on three occasions in 2008 (.430), 2009 (.421) and 2011 (.394).

Three of Thomas’ hitters led the nation in hitting while he mentored a total of seven hitters that finished in the top 10 in the country in batting.

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