Deggs Hired as Baseball Hitting Coach

Former Texarkana College head coach Matt Deggs has been hired as the Razorback baseball hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn announced Wednesday.

Deggs amassed a 187-100 record in five seasons at Texarkana College and won back-to-back Texas Eastern Athletic Conference titles in 2001 and 2002. Deggs also led Texarkana to the school's first-ever Junior College World Series in 2001.

"I am extremely excited that Matt is going to be a part of the Razorback program," Van Horn said. "I knew when we coached together at Northwestern State he had the potential to be a great coach and he has proven that at Texarkana. He is an excellent recruiter and has done an outstanding job teaching his players the game of baseball."

A native of Texas City, Texas, Deggs was an infielder at Alvin Junior College from 1991-92 and at Northwood University from 1993-94.

"I am extremely excited to join the Arkansas family," Deggs said. "This is a great opportunity to reunite with Coach Van Horn and to continue the tremendous success of the Razorback baseball program. The support and fan base here is certainly one of the best in the country and we are looking forward to becoming a part of that."

Deggs played professionally from 1994-96, logging time in the Texas-Louisiana Professional League (1994-95), the Mobile Bay Sharks (1995) and the Tennessee Tomahawks (1996) as a player/coach. While with the Bay Sharks, Deggs played for former Boston Red Sox manager and player Butch Hobson.

Deggs began his collegiate coaching experience in 1996 as a graduate assistant for Van Horn at Northwestern State. Deggs spent the 1997 season as a full-time assistant as the teams' hitting coach and working with the infielders before taking over as head coach at Texarkana.

Deggs and his wife Kathy have one son, Kyler.

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