|Previous College:||Sacramento State, '13|
Former Hornet Andrew Ayers will serve as an Assistant Coach for the Hornets in Fall 2016 after he returned to Sacramento State in the spring to serve as the baseball team's director of operations during the 2016 season.
"I am thrilled to have Andrew back on campus," Sacramento State head coach Reggie Christiansen said. "Andrew was an outstanding player; his leadership and play in the 2012 season really helped us to make the next jump as a program. Andrew is very passionate about being a Hornet and will bring a work ethic to the field every day that is second to none."
Ayers was the recruiting coordinator for the Yavapai College baseball team during the 2015 season and many of his recruits led Yavapai to the 2016 NJCC World Series title. He has also served as an assistant coach for the Humboldt Crabs in the summer of 2014 and 15.
A four-year Hornet starter, Ayers was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 30th round of the 2013 MLB Draft and played one season of professional baseball. He played in 44 games for the Burlington Royals and hit one home run with 11 RBIs and 17 runs scored in the Rookie Appalachian League.
Ayers left Sacramento State as the program's all-time leader in career at-bats and was second in career hits and runs. He was named WAC Player of the Year as a junior and a ABCA/Rawlings all-West Region selection, becoming the first player in program history to earn both honors. As a junior hit .336 with 36 runs, three home runs and 31 RBIs overall while hitting .427 in WAC play and leading the league with 32 hits, 18 RBIs, and a .627 slugging percentage in conference games.
He also earned all-WAC second team honors and was an all-WAC Tournament selection as a senior in 2013 as he led the team with 47 RBIs and 41 runs and tied for the team lead with 10 home runs. He played primarily at second base but also saw time at third base and in the outfield while playing in 214 career games with 205 career starts.
A 2009 graduate of St. Bernard's High School in Eureka, Ayers graduated from Sacramento State in 2013 with a degree in mathematics.