LITTLE ROCK – Chris Marx has been named the new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Campbell University. Marx spent the previous three seasons with UALR as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and interim head coach.
“Chris did a great job for us,” said UALR Director of Athletics Chris Peterson. “Campbell University is getting an outstanding young assistant coach that we believe will one day make a great head coach.”
Marx joined the UALR staff prior to the start of the 2012 season after five years at Southern Indiana as a hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.
In his first season at UALR, Marx helped the Trojans put together one of the greatest offensive seasons in school history. The 2012 Trojans ranked in the top 10 nationally in four offensive categories, while setting school records for home runs and triples in a season. UALR earned an NCAA statistical championship in 2012 by tying Eastern Kentucky for the national lead in home runs per game (1.22).
The Trojans finished second nationally with 66 home runs after ending the regular season tied with Florida for first place. UALR also ranked third in slugging percentage (.477) and sixth in scoring (7.4 runs per game). The Trojans ranked in the top 25 in the country in a total of eight offensive categories, including on-base percentage (.395) and stolen bases per game (1.65), where it finished 14th and 20th, respectively.
Led by All-American Sean Bignall, a school-record five Trojans received 2012 All-Sun Belt honors.
Marx helped UALR produce another stellar hitting team during the 2013 season, as the Trojans ranked sixth nationally in home runs per game (0.98) and tied for eighth in total home runs (55). Additionally, the Trojans ranked third in the Sun Belt Conference in slugging percentage (.423), third in doubles (114) and second in homers. Chris Burk led the Trojans’ offense by ranking ninth in the league in batting (.340) and seventh in on-base percentage (.444).
Marx became the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator following the 2013 season. In his only season leading the Trojans’ staff, the program boasted its best earned run average since starting play at Curran Conway Field (now Gary Hogan Field) in 1978. The team ERA of 3.90 was good enough for third in the Sun Belt Conference.
A native of Evansville, Indiana, Marx joins a Campbell program that is coming off three straight 40-win seasons and a 2014 NCAA Regional appearance.