Former CDO and University of Arizona baseball standout Shelly Duncan is one of two new assistant coaches.
Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez also announced the addition of Duncan, the school’s all-time home run leader, as an undergraduate assistant coach. Duncan, a graduate of Tucson’s Canyon del Oro High School, recently retired from a professional career that included Major League service over seven seasons with the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.
Duncan played three seasons for the Wildcats from 1999-2001 under former head coach Jerry Stitt. The Tucson native, who has maintained close ties to the program through the Lopez era, finished his career with a .322 batting average, 55 home runs and 186 runs batted in over 144 games played.
Beginning this fall, Duncan will work with Arizona’s outfielders and hitters, while he begins coursework to complete his college degree.
“Shelley is a great addition to our staff,” Lopez said. “He brings tremendous experience as an accomplished Major Leaguer, and he has remained very close to our program since finishing his own outstanding college career.”
In addition to Duncan the Wildcats also added Brock Ungricht, formerly on staff at Stanford University, to be an assistant coach.