University of Evansville head coach Wes Carroll announced the hiring of Cody Fick as the pitching coach for the UE baseball program Tuesday morning.
Fick was a volunteer assistant coach for the Purple Aces last season and was a three-year standout for Evansville from 2009-11. Prior to returning to Evansville as a coach, Fick played a season of professional ball in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2011.
“I’m very excited to announce Cody Fick as the new pitching coach for the Purple Aces,” Carroll said. “He has a tremendous competitive drive combined with great knowledge of the game. Cody was one of the greatest players to ever wear an Aces uniform and I look forward to his leadership of the pitching staff.”
During his playing career at UE, Fick posted a .353 career average with 37 home runs, 182 RBI and a .612 slugging percentage. On the mound, Fick was 7-5 with a 2.81 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. He was a two-time All-American (2010, 2011), an ABCA All-Region selection (2011), two-time All-MVC First Team honoree (2010, 2011), a two-time selection to the MVC All-Tournament Team (2010, 2011) and was the 2011 recipient of the William V. Slyker Award, which is given to UE’s top male student-athlete.
Fick’s name litters the Evansville record book, as he ranks second in career RBI, is tied for second on the career home run list and ranks third in career batting average. His 2011 season was one of the best ever by UE player, as he finished his senior campaign with a .406 batting average, 21 doubles and 71 RBI. His .406 average ranks third on the UE single-season batting average list, while his 71 RBI are second on the single-season list. In 2010, Fick belted 19 homers, a mark that stands as the second most by a Purple Ace in a single season.
A native of Freeburg, Mo., Fick graduated from the University of Evansville in 2011.