Jose’ Vazquez was named Alabama State head baseball coach on July 13, 2016, and has been the driving force for the Hornets baseball program since his hire. Now in his 8th season as the head coach, Vazquez has reached two coaching milestones with his 200th career victory and the program’s first 40 win season when ASU defeated Prairie View A&M 11-1 on Wednesday, May 24th during the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)Tournament.
Vazquez has compiled a overall record of 200-137 at Alabama State with a 132-48 record in the SWAC and has two HBCU national titles in 2020 and 2022 under his belt.
Under Vazquez, the Hornets have transitioned into an HBCU baseball powerhouse in the NCAA Division I rank and continues to finish atop the conference standings since becoming the head coach.
Vazquez was named Coach of the Year by Black College Nines (BCN) which also placed six of his current players as first and second team Black College Nines Elites for the 2023 regular season. He earned BCN Coach of the Year honors for the second time.
Vazquez led teams have been among the NCAA Division I statistical leader each year he’s been at the helm. This season the Hornets’ .328 batting average is second in the NCAA and the 654 hits is 4th in the NCAA.
Vazquez played baseball for Morningside College in 2001. He then transferred to Bethune–Cookman University for his senior season. After his collegiate career ended at Bethune-Cookman, he became a graduate assistant in 2003. From 2004–2010 he was Bethune’s assistant coach, in 2011 BCU assistant head coach, from 2012–2016 Vazquez was Alabama State’s assistant head coach and beginning in 2017, Alabama State head coach.
Coach Vazquez recruits athletic scholars into the program where they achieve high academic awards as well as being involved in community service projects.