Alabama A&M Head Baseball Coach Fired

Alabama A&M University head baseball coach Manny Lora has been fired from his position. The former Alabama A&M Bulldogs baseball player was hired August 23, 2018 to replace former coach Mitch Hill who resigned from his position at AA&M and accepted the head coaching job at Martin Methodist College.

In 2016, Lora joined the Alabama A&M coaching staff as the team’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. After being named the interim head coach, Lora was promoted to head coach.

As a student at Alabama A&M University, Lora redshirted for the Bulldogs his first year. During his redshirt freshman year, he made five starts in 15 total appearances and posted a 6.00 earned run average and a 4–3 W–L record. Lora also registered 39 strikeouts and 33 walks in 42 innings pitched. In his sophomore year, Lora posted a 2–6 record in 10 starts with 50 strikeouts.

Lora, who spent two years as the Bulldogs head coach in addition to several years as the team’s pitching coach, had a coaching record in 2019 of 16–35 including a 12–11 Southwestern Athletic Conference record and finished third in the East Division.

Lora started the 2020 season 3-14 before the Coronavirus shut all of collegiate sports down. His overall record at Alabama A&M:

2019 16 – 35
2020   3 – 14
Total: 19 – 49

Possible replacement for the Bulldog head coaching position includes former Winston Salem State University coach Kevin Ritsche, currently coaching at his alma mater the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Ritsche built WSSU baseball program from scratch into a powerhouse program and national ranking in his tenure. Another possibility is former Stillman College coach Julius McDougal, an assistant Coach/recruiting coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University. While at Stillman during McDougal’s first year, they upset the nation’s top ranked team and went on a 23 game winning streak including six wins verses ranked opponents.

2 comments for “Alabama A&M Head Baseball Coach Fired

  1. B. Oates
    March 23, 2020 at 2:55 PM

    The death of the black college baseball coach at HBCU’s has arrived, and the assassins are HBCU athletic directors. Since the late 80’s there has been a myth that African-American kids aren’t playing baseball and if you want a winning college program you have have non black coaches and players. The sickest thing of this is ALL HBCU AD’s bought into this. Quality black coaches can’t get an interview. Reference the above article. If black coaches & players can’t get opportunity at an HBCU then where?!?

  2. March 23, 2020 at 8:09 PM

    B. Oates

    The recent firing of the Alabama A&M head coach was do to disciplinarian reasons which required corrective action assuring the action of the coaching staff will not happen again. In response to “HBCU athletic directors” not hiring “quality black head coaches & players.” HBCUs athletic department have interview many black head coaches across the nation, case in point Southern hired Kerrick Jackson from the University of Missouri Tigers a powerhouse SEC conference member spent five seasons as an assistant. HBCUs don’t have the budgets or revenue stream to hire top dollar coaches as most coaching staff assistant are promoted from within the baseball program. HBCU baseball yearly budgets at best is in the $400,000 to $450,000 range compared to non HBCUs $2 to $7 million dollars. Keep in mind that ALL HBCU athletic directors are always looking for the best coaches but they have to answer to the schools top administrator the presidents whom pull the strings so to speak. Your argument is with the schools head honchos not the ADs.

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