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Erik Lunde Named Volunteer Assistant Coach
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 08/19/2016 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University head baseball coach Kermit Smith announced the addition of Erik Lunde as a volunteer assistant coach on Friday.

“Erik is going to bring a lot of energy to our program," Smith said. "Being a former player, he is going to have the ability to help us better communicate with our players. Coming off the past three seasons in the Pirate organization, he is going to help us prepare each guy for the rigors that they will face in professional baseball. We are very excited about having Erik be a part of our staff. He will be an incredible asset.”

Lunde joins Appalachian after spending the past two years playing Minor League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization after being drafted in 2014 in the 18th round. This is Lunde’s first coaching opportunity.

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining this coaching staff and becoming part of the App State family,” Lunde said.

Appearing in 117 games in the minors, Lunde had 94 hits, 47 RBI, three stolen bases and a batting average of .247. In his last game on Aug. 7, he had two hits, three runs and walked twice for the Bradenton Marauders, a Class A Advanced club. 

Prior to playing professional baseball, Lunde played for four years at Lander University under Smith. In his time at Lander, he was named first-team all-conference, all-regional and an all-American. Lunde was a part of Lander’s record-setting 2014 campaign when the Bearcats finished 52-8 overall and ended the season with a No. 4 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball poll. That year, Lander also led Division II in home runs and runs scored. The Bearcats won the Southeast Regional and advanced their first College World Series.

Lunde finished his college career with 61 games played, a .369 batting average, 14 home runs and 52 RBI.

He graduated in 2014 from Lander with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. Lunde grew up in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he attended Cardinal Gibbons High School.

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