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Mike Armstrong, Hitting Coach
On Sept. 1, 2012, Amherst College baseball head coach Brian Hamm announced the hiring of Mike Armstrong, who went on to serve as hitting coach during the 2013 season. Under Armstrong's tutelage, Amherst posted a .319 team batting average and a .385 on-base percentage en route to a NESCAC title and automiatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Armstrong served as an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Ithaca College from 2010 to 2012. During the summer of 2012, he was named the hitting coach for the Newark Pilots in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, helping the team advance to the postseason after a 26-20 regular season.
While helping Ithaca put together a 37-24-1 varsity record, Armstrong played a vital role in raising the Bombers’ batting average from .308 to .328 in his two years working with the hitters. He also lengthened the junior varsity team’s season from eight games in 2011 to 22 in 2012, as the Bombers put together a 14-8 record in 2012 under Armstrong’s development.
Although he played at Ithaca for two years, Armstrong began his collegiate career at Clarkson University. During his junior and senior years, the catcher started 51 games and led the Bombers to the NCAA New York regional tournament while guiding the pitching staff to a 3.18 ERA in 2011. During his career, Armstrong caught five players who were drafted or signed into Major League affiliations. For two summers, he also played for the Elmira Pioneers in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
Armstrong hails from Rochester, N.Y., where he was a First Team All-County honoree during his senior year at Penfield High School.