Auburn, Ala.--New Auburn baseball coach Sunny Golloway announced on Monday that he has hired former Major League player Greg Norton to be the hitting coach for the Tigers.
Norton has worked as hitting coach and manager since he quit playing the game. He joins Scott Foxhall (pitching coach) and Scott Duval (director of baseball operations) on Golloway’s staff.
“As soon as Greg announced his retirement from Major League baseball I began seeking him to be a part of my coaching staff,” Golloway says.
“Through our relationship, I knew he possessed the character and the skills to relate to collegiate student-athletes,” Golloway adds. “He is a great teacher of the game of baseball, and more specifically hitting. As I sought out his expertise in this hiring process, it became apparent that he had the desire to tutor collegiate hitters.”
Golloway was an assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1991-93 when Norton was a star player for the Sooners. He was a second team All-American and a second round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox after hitting .370 as a junior.
“I am excited to be reunited with Coach Golloway, a coach I have great respect for,” Norton says. “What is really appealing about coaching in the college ranks is the family atmosphere and the ability to develop young men.
“When this opportunity arose, I was very interested in helping turn a program around,” he says.” It felt like the right move for my family.
“Obviously, I was in a great position in the minor leagues as a hitting coordinator, but this is a dream opportunity to coach with a head coach who has a proven track record, be at a great university and conference.”
Norton was called up from the minors in August of 1996 to play for the White Sox. His best year with that team was in 1999 when he batted 255 with 50 RBI and 16 homers.
After moving to the Colorado Rockies, he hit .252 from 2001-2003. He also played for the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves, where he wrapped up his playing days.
As a coach Norton has worked as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Miami Marlins. He has also been the hitting coach and manager for the New Orleans Zephyrs, a AAA affiliate of the Marlins.
A switch-hitter, Norton played in 1,107 Major League games and hit .249 with 89 homers and 338 RBI.
Norton and his wife, Jaena, have an eight-year-old son named Jace and a seven-year-old daughter Ciana.
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