Nevada baseball head coach T.J. Bruce elevated Abe Alvarez to a full-time assistant coach Monday and brought back former Wolf Pack player Kyle Hunt as a volunteer assistant coach.
Alvarez replaces Jake Silverman, who recently accepted the pitching coach job at Cal Poly. Alvarez and Hunt join a re-tooled staff that includes Troy Buckley, who was hired in July as the team's associate head coach/pitching coach.
Alvarez, a former standout college player who won a World Series title with the Boston Red Sox, spent last season as the Wolf Pack’s volunteer assistant coach when he also served as the first-base coach.
“We are very excited to elevate Abe Alvarez to an assistant coaching position on our staff,” Bruce said in a news release. “He did a phenomenal job last season and is more than deserving of this promotion after all his hard work and dedication to our program.”
Bruce, Alvarez and Buckley are all former members of Long Beach State, with Bruce and Alvarez playing for the team and Buckley serving as head coach from 2011-19. Bruce and Buckley also had stints as assistant coaches for the Dirtbags.
Returning to the program is Hunt, who played from 2012-15 and posted a career batting average of .244 with 203 starts, 37 doubles, eight homers and 86 RBIs. Hunt was part of the Wolf Pack’s first Mountain West regular-season championship in 2015 where he had a career-best fielding percentage of .971 and batted .261 with 27 RBIs.
“We could not be more excited to bring Kyle Hunt back to the Wolf Pack as a volunteer assistant coach,” Bruce said in a news release. “Kyle bleeds Silver & Blue from his playing days and his recent coaching experience will make him an invaluable asset to our team.”
Hunt was an undergraduate assistant in 2016 at Nevada before being elevated to director of player development and on-campus recruiting in 2017. Hunt then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Irvine Valley Community College coaching the infielders.