Clemson expected to make Bunn pitching coach

Unless something unforseen occurs, Ole Miss will be looking for an assistant baseball coach for the second straight year. Pitching coach Kyle Bunn is expected to accept a postion with Clemson University.

Bunn is returning to his home state after spending six years with the Rebels. The first five seasons in a volunteer capacity before being promoted prior to 2007. The Citadel graduate is replacing Kevin O'Sullivan, who is now the head coach at the University of Florida.

Bunn has directed 15 Rebels into professional contracts including Will Kline and Craig Rodriguez earlier this month.

Stephen Head and Mark Holliman both earned All-SEC honors under Bunn's tutelage. Head was the 2003 Freshman of the Year and a second team All-SEC selection as a reliever after locking down a school record 13 saves. Holliman was a first team All-SEC member in 2004.

Bunn's 2003 pitching staff led the SEC with a 3.45 ERA, and the 2007 edition finished second in the conference at 3.58. The 2005 squad set a school record with 562 strikeouts, two more than 2007.

Prior to his stint in Oxford, Bunn spent the 2001 season as an assistant coach at Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Ala, where he worked as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

Bunn helped lead Jefferson Davis to the NJCAA Division II Region 22 Southern Division championship and a Region 22 runner-up finish, one victory from advancing to the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Bunn was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs and a part of back-to-back Southern Conference Championships in 1998 and 1999, his final two seasons at the South Carolina school.

Clemson compiled a 41-23 record in 2007 before falling to Mississippi State in the Starkville Super Regional. The Tiger pitchers finished with a 3.73 ERA.

Rob Reinstetle replaced Dan McDonnell and Stuart Lake prior to this past season. The two coaches left Ole Miss for positions at Louisville and The Citadel respectively.

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