Mitchell Wright
Mitchell Wright
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: mwright@tntech.edu

Wright joins the Golden Eagle staff as an assistant coach after serving as a student and then volunteer assistant coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville for the past two and a half years.

"We had a huge pool of applicants, but Mitchell just stood above the rest as the best fit for Tennessee Tech baseball," Bragga said. "During his interview process, I just knew more and more that he was the choice to serve as our next assistant coach. He will be a strong addition to our staff with his knowledge and background in pitching, as well as his attitude and energy level. He's a perfect complement for what I think we need to take that next step as a program and I'm elated to have him on staff."

For Wright, it wasn't a difficult decision to continue his young coaching career in Cookeville.

"Good coaches and the history of the program; that's what drew me to Tennessee Tech," Wright said. "Coach Bragga is awesome and [Assistant] Coach [Justin] Holmes is an A-plus guy. The fact that this program continues to win and get better and better and better; it was just an opportunity I couldn't pass up.

"I'm hoping to add a little bit of youth and a passion for pitching," Wright added. "I think just the manner of going about business in a different way and provide a little bit of a different perspective in the pitching aspect of the game are things that I can offer the best for this program."

While in Huntsville, Wright served as a student coach for the 2016 season and then as a volunteer assistant for the 2017 season. He also served as an athletic administration assistant for UAH during his three years as the university, covering an array of responsibilities with game management and staff coordination.

Wright was a member of the Chargers' baseball team as a left-handed pitcher from 2014-15, completing his senior season with All-Gulf South Conference Honorable Mention honors. He struck out 60 batters in just over 50 innings of work on the mound, highlighted with a career-high 10 punchouts at North Alabama.

Prior to his arrival at UAH, Wright played for one season at the University of West Alabama in 2012, eventually transferring to Calhoun Community College for the 2013 season. In 2013, he earned ACCC North Division First Team honors.

A left-handed pitcher for four years, Wright comes from a family of baseball players and coaches. His father, Roger, served as the head baseball coach at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Ala. for 17 years before stepping down in 2014 to watch his sons play. A 2016 inductee into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame, he returned to Buckhorn as a head coach in March of 2017.

The Huntsville, Ala. native also has two younger brothers immersed in the baseball world. His middle brother, Kyle, was a star for Vanderbilt from 2015-17 and was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves. His youngest brother, Trey, is set return to Buckhorn High School for his sophomore season and play for their father, Roger.

Wright graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in December 2016, earning degrees in both history and secondary education.