PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has found its new baseball coach.
Chris Terry was selected on Thursday to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned in May after 20 seasons at the helm.
Terry, 38, has spent the past four years at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., an NAIA school. He compiled a record of 120-80 with the Wildcats, including three seasons of at least 30 wins.
In 2011, Culver-Stockton went 37-17 and won the Heart of American Athletic Conference championship with a 24-4 record.
He said he is looking forward to the move to ENMU and being a part of the Lone Star Conference.
“I know it’s one of the best (NCAA Division II) conferences in the country, if not the best, in a lot of sports,” said Terry, a native of the Sacramento, Calif., area. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to join that.”
Terry, who is currently preparing for his 12th year of helping in an elite baseball camp hosted by Stanford University, was one of three finalists brought in for interviews in an original field of 106 candidates.
“I’m excited about the hire,” ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said. “I think he’s a perfect fit for what we’re looking for.”
ENMU often isn’t the easiest place to recruit to, but Geiser said recruiting is one of Terry’s strengths. Terry said the Hounds’ situation isn’t that dissimilar to what he had at Culver-Stockton.
“I think there are a lot of similarities,” he said. “After meeting and visiting with the staff, I think Eastern has a lot to offer potential recruits.”
Terry said he has begun the process of putting a staff together.
“I have some people in mind,” he said. “We want to do what we can to salvage this season (from a recruiting standpoint).”
While it’s late in the recruiting season, Terry is confident the Hounds can add some pieces. The key, as usual, is pitching.
“I think there’s still some time to fill gaps, but I know they’ve got some good players coming back,” he said. “I definitely think we’ll need to bolster things on the mound.
“Offensively, it looks like there’s some players coming back who were good offensive producers.”
Kabrick takes job at UCO — Veteran ENMU athletic trainer Ed Kabrick has resigned after 10 years at the school to accept a similar position at former LSC member Central Oklahoma.
Geiser said the school plans to launch a national search for Kabrick’s replacement, and hopes to have someone in place by Aug. 1.
“It’s our loss and Central Oklahoma’s gain,” Geiser said.