CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte 49ers head baseball coach Loren Hibbs announced today the addition of area native Bruce Bolick as volunteer assistant coach for the 2005 campaign.
Bolick, who hails from Gaston County, brings 34 years of coaching experience to the 49er staff. He served as the head baseball coach at East Lincoln High School in Denver, NC, for 33 years prior to his retirement in 2003. Bolick earned 402 career victories for the Mustangs, coaching in over 600 games.
Coach Bolick doubled as the schoolâ€™s athletic director for 25 years. Before arriving at East Lincoln, he served one year as an assistant coach for the junior varsity team at his alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill.
“Bruce was one of the first high school coaches I met when I moved to Charlotte 12 years ago,” head coach Hibbs said. “From that initial contact, I was impressed with his knowledge, background and approach to the game. We eventually recruited Jesse Summey from his high school program and we have kept in contact ever since.
“Bruce will bring a tremendous amount of experience to our program,” Hibbs continued. “He has played in college, participated in the College World Series, played professionally, coached and been an administrator for an extensive period of time. We are excited to have him on our coaching staff.”
Bolick has been active in all facets of coaching at the high school level. He was an assistant coach in the first-ever North Carolina-South Carolina High School Challenge Game, and assumed the head coaching duties the following year. Bolick also helped to organize the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association (NCBCA) and coached American Legion baseball in the area for 15 years.
While in college at Chapel Hill, Bolick was a three-time letter winner at short stop for the Tar Heels and served as tri-captain. During his sophomore season, the team advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska for just the second time in school history. The team was 21-13 that season, and won the second of Carolinaâ€™s nine ACC regular-season titles with a 12-2 league record. Overall, Bolickâ€™s teams at Carolina posted a record of 75-48-1 (.609) and 38-21-1 (.642) in ACC play.
Bolick played two years of minor league baseball in the Washington Senatorsâ€™ farm system. He worked as an associate scout for the New York Yankees organization in the mid-1980â€™s, and more recently helped scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bolick earned a scholarship to North Carolina after a storied prep career. He was a short stop on Gaston Countyâ€™s 15-year-old National Championship team, and played four years at Mt. Holly High School. He played American Legion in Gaston County for three years.
Bolick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1970 with a degree in physical education, and went on to earn a masterâ€™s degree from NC A&T in 1983. He was a teacher for 31 years, including 30 at East Lincoln. Bolick and his wife, Karen, reside in Denver, NC. They have one son, John David. Both his wife and son are UNC Charlotte graduates.
by Staff Reports