Avery Booker | Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Avery Booker joined the Brevard College baseball staff in the fall of 2014 and was promoted to Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator in the summer of 2015.
Booker's knowledge and experience were invaluable to the Tornados during his first season on staff. Working primarily in the bullpen, Booker mentored Daktronics First Team All-Southeast Region selection Hunter Donaldson to a spectacular year. He led the team with five wins and a .267 opponents' batting average and was second with a 3.74 ERA. He allowed 1.45 walks and hits per inning and notched 1.6 strikeouts for every walk he allowed.
Booker's coaching abilities were also on display with reliever Bennett Hixson, who was named second team all-state by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. He had a 1-0 record in 18 appearances, 17 of which came out of the bullpen. He recorded 22 strikeouts in 24.0 innings of work. Hixson saved his best work for South Atlantic Conference play, where his ERA shrunk to 0.82 and saw his opponents' batting average dip by 18 percentage points.
Booker previously worked in a pair of Minor League Baseball organizations before being named to the Brevard coaching staff. He spent the summer of 2012 with the Syracuse Sky Chiefs, the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, assisting in the bullpen. He has also worked with the Burlington Royals, the Kansas City Royals' A affiliate.
Booker comes an impressive baseball bloodline as his grandfather, Jack McKeon, managed the Florida Marlins to the World Series Title in 2003. His brother is a coach in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system, and his father is currently working for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Coach Booker is originally from Elon, North Carolina.