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MARTIN, Tenn. – The general public and University of Tennessee at Martin alumni have been invited to an open forum featuring Skyhawk head baseball coaching candidate Tony David on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The session will take place in Room 111 (legislative chamber) of the Boling University Center from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

David recently finished his ninth season as an assistant coach at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., serving in the associate head coach role for the past eight seasons. In those eight seasons, the Bulldogs have had the six best seasons in program history.

Working directly under head coach Casey Dunn, David is the recruiting coordinator, infield instructor and third base coach, while also assisting with hitters. He helped guide Samford to two conference championships, as Samford won the 2006 Ohio Valley Conference title and the 2012 Southern Conference tournament championship.

David’s best season at Samford came in 2012, when the Bulldogs reeled off a school-record 41 victories, captured the Southern Conference tournament title and made the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Named the 2010 Southern Conference Assistant Coach of the Year by, David has helped recruit and develop the talent that has led to 13 Major League Baseball draft picks in the last three seasons, including 2013 first-rounder Phillip Ervin (27th overall).

Before joining the Samford staff, David served as an assistant coach for one season at South Alabama, his alma mater. The Biloxi, Miss. native graduated from South Alabama in 1995 with a degree in communications.

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