Alan Dunn named new Arkansas State pitching coach

Alan Dunn
Alan Dunn
Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 11:28 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 7:19 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Red Wolves baseball will have more SEC experience in the dugout.

AStateNation was first to report that former LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn will be the new Arkansas State pitching coach. The Red Wolves made the move official Tuesday afternoon.

โ€œWe are excited to have Alan join our coaching staff,โ€ Red Wolves head coach Tommy Raffo said in a statement. โ€œHe brings years of college and professional pitching experience to our Red Wolves players. Alan is highly respected in all baseball coaching circles, and he is a great teacher and even better person. With his coaching credentials, Alan could have gone anywhere and he chose Arkansas State. This is such a big deal for our university, the community, our program, and most of all, the student-athletes. I know the A-State community will help welcome Alan and his wife Jay to Jonesboro and I look forward to everyone getting to know this great family.โ€

Dunn spent the last 9 seasons in Baton Rouge. He developed 26 MLB Draft picks, including 2021 selections Jaden Hill (2nd Round) and Landon Marceaux (3rd Round). 5 current MLB pitchers learned from Dunn at LSU, including All-State hurler Aaron Nola. Dunn experienced 3 College World Series with the Tigers (2013, 2015, 2017).

โ€œIt is such an honor to become part of the Red Wolves athletic department, baseball program and the Jonesboro community,โ€ Dunn said in a statement. โ€œWhen my wife and I looked for our next journey, we wanted to find that perfect fit of community, commitment and competitive atmosphere. After talking with Coach Raffo and hearing his philosophy for the program, and meeting with Tom Bowen and listening to him talk about his vision for Arkansas State athletics, I knew that A-State could be a place where we could connect.โ€

The Tigers were top 3 in the SEC in strikeouts in 4 seasons. LSU led the nation with 17 shutouts in 2014. Dunn was named the 2015 National Pitching Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The Alabama native has 18 seasons of experience coaching professional baseball. Dunn was the Baltimore Orioles bullpen coach from 2007-2010. He served as the Oโ€™s minor league pitching coordinator in 2011. Dunn worked with the Chicago Cubs organization in various roles from 1993 to 2007.

Dunn is tasked with turning around an Arkansas State pitching staff that was last in the Sun Belt in ERA (7.22) and strikeouts (320). The Red Wolves allowed the most earned runs (332) and walks in the conference (261).

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