Former Meridian Community College baseball coach Chris Curry is making the move back home to his home state of Arkansas to take the head coaching job at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The announcement of the hiring of Curry was made yesterday by university officials at UARL and Curry becomes the head coach after being the top assistant coach on the staff at Northwestern State University the past two seasons.
In Curry’s second year at Northwestern State, the Demons won 33 games and tied a school record with a 17-win improvement from the previous season, including a Southland Conference record 14-win increase in league play. NSU also boasted the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in right-handed pitcher Adam Oller. Centerfielder Bret Underwood, who Curry recruited, was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Off the field, the Demons posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the four semesters under Curry and head coach Lane Burroughs.
Prior to his stint at Northwestern State, Curry served as head coach of Meridian Community College from 2011-12. He went 69-44 in two seasons at Meridian CC, capturing a Miss-Lou Conference Championship and earning Coach of the Year honors in 2012. Curry coached two junior college All-Americans and produced the NJCAA national home run leader in both seasons. Two of his players were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Player’s Draft while the team raised its cumulative GPA from 2.62 to 3.30 with Curry at the helm.