Bo Robinson was elevated to full time assistant coach in June 2014 after returning to Charlotte in the summer of 2012 as a member of Loren Hibbs' staff. He works with the infielders, hitters and coaches third base for the 49ers. He will also be the on-field camp director and assist with recruiting.
The 2013 squad saw immediate dividends with his addition as the 49ers had an All-Rookie catcher (Brett Lang) and the league's Co-Player of the Year, Justin Seager. The 49ers grabbed more hits and doubles than in 2013 and the team won 37 games, the sixth time in the past eight seasons that the program collected 35 or more wins.
Robinson remains the only player in Charlotte 49er history to reach 100 RBI in a season, which he did in 1998, a season in which Charlotte was selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large entry (only 48 teams played in the postseason in those years). He also hit a school-record 32 doubles of his record 106 hits that year, and he owns the career marks for doubles (82), RBI (230) and total bases (499). The 49ers retied his number-four jersey on May 12, 2013.
Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coord.
Brandon Hall is in his sixth year as Charlotte's Associate Head Coach, his 10th season as the team's recruiting coordinator and 13th season total with the coaching staff. His main on-field responsibilities are with the pitching staff and catchers.
In his 17 seasons as an assistant at two different schools, Hall's teams have won eight regular-season championships and seven of his pitching staffs have been ranked nationally in ERA, including the top spot in the nation in 2007 (at 2.64). The 2011 squad finished 10th in the country with a 2.81 ERA, while allowing the sixth-fewest hits per nine innings (7.43) in the nation. A philosophy that is built on development and efficiency has consistently prepared pitching staffs to perform at extremely high levels.
The 2013 49ers staff posted its fourth season of a 3.50 earned run average or lower in his tenure with the 49ers. Strikeouts were up, walks were down and the pitching staff was key in the program's 37-win season, the team's sixth season of 35 or more wins in the last eight years. Charlotte also had its sixth First-Team All-Conference Pitcher in Hall's tenure, adding to three Second-Team selections, one Honorable Mention and six All-Rookie selections while the pitching mentor.
The longest-tenured coach in the Charlotte athletics department and under contract until 2018, Loren Hibbs has completed 22 seasons at the helm of the baseball program and has averaged more than 31 wins per season in his career. As of the start of the 2015 season, he is ranked 43rd among active coaches in wins in the NCAA. He has taken the program to all five of its NCAA Tournament appearances.
The 49ers' skipper was at the helm when Charlotte won its 1,000th game in its 35th season of baseball on February 25, 2013, and Hibbs won his 650th game as the Charlotte's mentor later that year on April 3. Charlotte split a regular-season Atlantic 10 Conference title, giving the 49ers five championships in the eight-year run of A-10 membership. He has guided Charlotte to all seven of its regular-season titles, four tournament titles and five NCAA Postseason appearances. The 49ers also reached their eighth conference tournament championship game in 2013.
In 2014, the Niners took a minor step back re-entering Conference USA play picking up their first league win on March 30th with an 11-4 victory at Old Dominion. Charlotte would later go on to sweep Tulane in a two-game series (game three was canceled due to rain), take two-of-three on the road at UTSA and sweep Louisiana Tech in Ruston to win six of their last seven road contests in C-USA play.
At the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, Charlotte was ranked 45th in hits and 33rd in earned run average as Charlotte made dramtic improvements in hits and doubles on the offensive side, as well as increasing the strikeout totals, lowering the walks and improving the earned run average over the previous season. The 49ers posted their fourth season of a team ERA of 3.50 or better in the last eight seasons, a direct result of which was a 37-win season, the program's sixth in the last eight years, a team first.
Director of Operations
Following his graduation at Charlotte, former student baseball manager Chris Hinnau was added as Director of Baseball Operations with the 49ers in 2014, returning for his second stint in 2015. He received his degree in Criminal Justice in December, 2013.
Hinnau was a student manager for the previous four seasons with the program, assisting the coaching staff with field maintenance and handling equipment. He even threw batting practice to the team in the 2013 season. He has been working with the new video system installed at the park in the fall of 2013.
Hinnau lives in Charlotte and enjoys golfing in his spare time.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Head Baseball Coach Loren Hibbs has announced the former Niner and Major Leaguer John Maine has joined the 2014 coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. The former Conference USA Pitcher of the Year spent parts of eight years in the big leagues between the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets and Miami Marlins.
"We are thrilled to add John to our staff as this addition is another big step forward for our program," remarked Hibbs. "His decision to re-join our program as an assistant coach is tremendous on multiple levels. He will be a great compliment to Brandon while working with our pitching staff and will also help with catchers, on campus recruiting and with alumni/community relations."
Maine was named as the league's best pitcher in 2001 after compiling a 12-6 record with a 3.82 ERA in 20 starts. The right-hander fanned 144 hitters in his 134.1 innings pitched. His 12 wins in 2001 is second-most in school-history while his 20 career wins ranks him tied for seventh. Maine's 297 career strikeouts at Charlotte is fifth-best in program history.