Head Coach
Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright brings 13 years of NCAA Division I and Division II coaching experience to the Golden Eagle Baseball program. A proven recruiter with a successful track record of development, Wright’s energy and passion for his players has resulted in long history of success at the college level.
The vision for the Golden Eagle baseball program includes the following cornerstones: GRADUATE, COMPETE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. The staff’s overriding goal is to ensure that when each UC Baseball player finishes their career, they are a better person because they chose to wear the Golden Eagle baseball uniform. “My excitement for the opportunity to lead the UC Baseball program is hard to put into words. All of the nuts and bolts are here to make the Golden Eagle Baseball program one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division II Baseball experiences in the country, and my staff and I can’t wait to get started,” Wright said upon his hiring in the summer of 2015.

Wright comes to UC from MEC power Concord University, where he spent the last 5 years as the Mountain Lion head coach. During his tenure in Athens, the Mountain Lions averaged 31 wins per season, while setting consecutive school records for wins with 36 (2013) and 38 (2014). In his last 3 years, the Mountain Lions put together consecutive 30 win seasons, another CU first. In 2 of his 5 years, the Mountain Lions won WVIAC championships (2011, 2013) along with 2 NCAA Regional appearances.

Wright’s ability to provide clarity to their approach offensively, defensively and on the mound, resulted in Concord bolstering itself as one of the region’s most respected teams. CU’s offense led the WVIAC in batting average, runs scored, hits and slugging percentage in 2011 and 2013, while leading the country in triples in 2011 and also leading the country in batting average and runs scored in 2013. Defensively, Concord’s teams made a steady climb to the top of the conference from 2011 to 2015, culminating in a conference best fielding percentage in 2014. On the mound, Wright’s pitching staffs saw an ERA of 6.97 almost cut in half by 2014 (3.53). During his time at Concord, the Mountain Lions produced 5 NCAA All-Americans and numerous All-Conference and All-Region picks.

In 12 years of coaching, Wright has coached over close to 50 players who have been drafted or signed professional contracts, including 4 who have reached the Major Leagues (Vince Belnome-Tampa Bay Rays, Cody Eppley- New York Yankees/Texas Rangers, David Carpenter-Braves, Astros, Yankees, Nationals, and Rob Wooten-Milwaukee Brewers.

In the classroom, his student-athletes saw a GPA jump of almost a half a letter grade from the time he took over in 2010 to 2014-2015 when the team posted a GPA over 3.0, which included over half the team with a 3.0 or better and 3 student athletes achieved 4.0 GPAs.

Perhaps more impressive, is his teams’ commitment to community service. While at CU, the program received recognition for its commitment to giving back to the local community through its initiatives like the “1000 Hour Project” and the “Get to Give Program.”

Wright’s coaching stops include three years on staff at West Virginia University (2004-2007), two years as the head coach of the Wilmington Sharks in the Coastal Plain League (2006-2007), one season as the pitching coach at Georgetown Prep (2009), two years as the lead instructor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Baseball Facility (2008-2009) and was also part of the Milwaukee Brewers scouting efforts in the Washington, DC area. While at CU, Wright also helped Tampa Bay Rays Rookie League Affiliate (Princeton Rays) as a batting practice pitcher in 2013 and 2014.

Wright played collegiately at Concord University from 2000-2002. During his time as a player the Mountain Lions established a school record for wins in 2000 (32) and won a WVIAC Conference Championship in 2001.

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Wright was selected to serve on the NCAA Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee and also serves as the Chair of the Mountain East Coaches Committee.

Wright and his wife Stacy have 2 daughters, Alex (6) and Kennedy (3).

Development Coordinator/ Camp Coordinator
Andy Hoyer

Andy Hoyer returns for his second season on the Golden Eagle's staff and will serve as the Development Team Coordinator and bench coach on game days. Along with his responsibilities at Triana Field, Hoyer will also coordinate the UCWV Baseball Camps.

"Andy did a great job in year one on our staff. He works incredibly hard and has continued to dive into his own development as a coach. He understands how the total student-athlete experience should be represented and I couldn't be more excited to give him the much deserved promotion."-Andrew Wright

"I would like to thank Coach Wright for giving me the chance to further my coaching career in a great program with even better people."-Andy Hoyer

Hitting/ Baserunning/ Infield Coach
Ryan Hunt

Ryan Hunt, most recently the program's shortstop and leadoff hitter, begins his coaching career on Wright's staff. In his senior season with the Golden Eagles, he played in 55 games while hitting .331 with 10 extra base hits. He has previously coached for the Rawlings A's travel organization and worked with PBR Maryland.

Hunt will work with the Golden Eagles' hitter and infielders, along with coaching base running. During his time on staff he will be pursuing an MBA from UCWV.

"Ryan embodies what our program is all about. Over the last 3 years as a player he was not only an incredible teammate, but put himself in a position to be a major piece to the revitalization of our program. He has an advanced mind for the game, a tenacious work ethic, and a genuine care to see others succeed. He has a bright future in college baseball and we couldn't be more excited that he chose to start his career at his alma mater." –Andrew Wright

"I am extremely blessed to have the privilege to return to the University of Charleston as a member of Coach Wright's staff. When he approached me with the opportunity, it was a no-brainer. I couldn't imagine a better place to begin my coaching career and pursue an MBA. I am excited to work alongside an incredibly knowledgeable and driven staff as part of the best athletic department in all of Division II. I'm looking forward to building upon the foundation we established three years ago, as tremendous things are on the horizon for this program and institution."-Ryan Hunt

Recruiting Coordinator/ Assistant Pitching Coach
Anthony Zona

Anthony Zona, a former mainstay on the mound for Golden Eagles, joins the staff as the program's recruiting coordinator and will assist head coach, Andrew Wright, with the pitchers. He appeared in 24 games over a two year period and won 7 games in a Golden Eagle uniform. During his time on staff he will be pursuing a Master's in Strategic Leadership from UCWV.

"Anthony proved to be an exceptional teammate over his time here as a player and has an advanced mind for the game. Growing up in a baseball household, he has been exposed to a lot in terms of evaluating prospects and how to develop pitchers. He has an infectious personality and cares deeply about the development of those around him. He has a bright future in our program and I am excited to see his contributions to our program."-Andrew Wright

"As a UCWV Alum, it is an honor to be able to be in a position to help, and guide student-athletes who I can relate to and what they go through in this program. I am humbled that I have the opportunity to start my college coaching career at a school that is nationally recognized and competes on a national level."-Anthony Zona

Coordinator of Player Development/ Assistant Coaching Coach
Alec Porterfield

Alec Porterfield begins his second year on the UCWV Baseball staff and will continue his role as assistant catching coach and will take on an expanded role in Player Development by coordinating the analytics year round and preparing scouting reports in the spring. He is currently serving as a Player Development Intern with the LA Dodgers organization and has previously served as a Scouting Intern with the Tampa Bay Rays.

"Alec has been excellent for us since transitioning from player to coach. He has brought a lot of great ideas and experiences to the table and we are happy to have him in our program. He has a bright future in the game and we are excited he is expanding his role this year."-Andrew Wright

"I am very grateful to not only the program, but to the school and Coach Wright, as well. Our main focus is to develop not only our players on the field, but as young men. This is the same for anyone who steps foot in the program and I am very grateful that everyone has believed in me enough to help me develop my career and go into this expanded role. During my third year, the staff took a chance on me and asked me to join the coaching staff. I was honored and excited to be a part of it and could not have been happier with the season we had. I am very excited about the upcoming year and am equally as excited about the opportunities that everyone in this program has been given."-Alec Porterfield

Operations Assistant/ Assistant Infield Coach
Gabriel Vigil

Gabriel Vigil comes to the Golden Eagle Program from Bellflower HS in Bellflower, CA where he was recently Assistant Coach and Head JV Coach . He will assist Development Coordinator, Andy Hoyer, with day-to-day operations, along with assisting Ryan Hunt with infielders. During his time on staff he will be pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business at UCWV.

"Gabriel has a passion for coaching that is exciting. He genuinely cares for those around him and I am excited for what he will bring to the program. Adding a staff member of Gabriel's energy and experience will serve to enhance our players' development as people and baseball players."-Andrew Wright

"I'm excited to be joining Coach Wright and the rest of the University of Charleston baseball staff this season. I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and skills to the program, to help make it one of the best in Division II."-Gabriel Vigil

Additional camp staff may include former and current Golden Eagles players and other college coaches.