On Monday, Dunn was named as the head baseball coach at Samford, leaving Slater looking for just the right person. Fortunately, the coach said that person was already in mind and Slater immediately went after Nonemaker, who said the job is more than he could have hoped for at such an early age.
"I am very fortunate to become a part of the Auburn coaching staff and Auburn family," Nonemaker said. "I can't think of a better place to start my coaching career. I'm very thankful to Coach Slater for the opportunity to join his staff."
A four-year letterman for the Commodores from 1999-2002, Nonemaker is Vanderbilt's career leader in base hits (283) and is also third on the school's career batting average list at .369. He was named a freshman All-American in 1999 after hitting .415 and was All-SEC as a sophomore when he hit .393 with eight home runs.
He was drafted in the 20th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and played two seasons before deciding to give coaching a try. He will work with the outfielders and hitters for the Tigers.
"I'm very excited to add Karl Nonemaker to our coaching staff," Slater said. "He was one of the top hitters in the SEC as a player at Vanderbilt. We recruited Karl when I was an assistant at Auburn and had the opportunity to get to know him then. I've always been very impressed with Karl's hard work ethic and how hard he played.
"His experience as one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference and as a professional player in the Philadelphia Phillies organization will be an asset with our player development. I want to welcome Karl to Auburn and the Auburn Tiger baseball family."