After spending two seasons as the head baseball coach at Southern Polytechnic State University, former longtime Auburn Montgomery assistant coach Marty Lovrich was announced as the new head coach at Auburn University at Montgomery in July of 2014.
Lovrich became just the second head coach in the program’s history when he took over for a retiring Q.V. Lowe, with whom he spent 22 years as an assistant coach.
Lovrich made an immediate impact with the program, helping the Warhawks to a 40-18 record, the Southern States Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships, as well as the top seed in the Daytona Beach bracket of the NAIA Opening Round Championship.
Lovrich was selected the SSAC Coach of the Year following the regular season and was named the 2015 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association’s Small College Division Coach of the Year at the end of the year. During the 2015 season, four Warhawks earned All-SSAC accolades, while Seth Arroyo earned All-Freshman team honors. Matt Miller earned Gold Glove honors at first base, while five players were named to the All-Academic team. Of those five, Bryan Young and Shelby Nobles were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Additionally, Rock Rucker became the 10th member of the Warhawks’ baseball program to be drafted by a MLB team, when he was selected in the 20th round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
In his two seasons with the Hornets, Lovrich compiled an 85-37 mark, including a 37-22 record in SSAC play. He coached a pair of SSAC All-Conference performers, two SSAC Gold Glove winners and three members of the conference All-Academic team. He also helped Miller to 2014 Newcomer of the Year honors in the conference and had one player drafted in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
In 2014, Lovrich helped SPSU to a 46-19 record and secured an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament by winning the SSAC Tournament. The Hornets advanced to the NAIA World Series by claiming the championship of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round site in Daytona Beach, Fla., with an 8-0 win over host Embry-Riddle. The World Series appearance was the third in the program’s history. Southern Poly finished the season ranked eighth nationally. Following the season, Lovrich was selected the American Baseball Coaches Association’s NAIA Southeast Regional Coach of the Year.
In his first season, Lovrich led the team to a 39-18 and was named the NAIA College Baseball Coach of the Year by the Georgia Dugout Club.
Prior to joining the staff at SPSU in June of 2012, Lovrich spent 22 seasons on the coaching staff at AUM. He was also a catcher for the team in 1989, where he hit .342 and helped AUM to its first winning season in the program’s history. The following year, Lovrich joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach, before being hired as an assistant coach in 1993. His last title was as the associate head coach.
During his tenure with the AUM, Lovrich helped the Warhawks to the NAIA World Series three times and coached 34 All-Americans, 76 all-conference honorees, 40 all-region selections and 25 players that went on to play professionally. He was also selected the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year among the state’s four-year institutions in 2008. With Lovrich on its coaching staff, AUM has won nearly 63 percent of its games.
Lovrich received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from AUM in 1990 and completed work on a master’s degree in education in 1995. Lovrich is married to the former Holli Wells. They are the proud parents of three children, Camden, Cate and Allie Grace.
Clay Booth is beginning his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Warhawk program. During the three seasons prior to being selected as assistant coach, Booth worked as a graduate assistant with former head coach Q.V. Lowe and current head coach Marty Lovrich.
In his five seasons on the coaching staff, Booth has helped the Warhawks to a 207-134-1 record, good for a .607 winning percentage. He has assisted with AUM making three NAIA Opening Round Tournament appearances and has coached 13 all-conference performers, two All-West Division selections and two NAIA All-Americans. Booth, who worked primarily with the catchers as a graduate assistant, also helped former Warhawk Michael Dugan to three SSAC Gold Glove awards and a pair of all-conference honors.
Booth joined the coaching staff following a successful two-year playing career at AUM.
A member of the 2009 AUM team, which advanced to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, he appeared in 80 career games for the Warhawks, finishing with a .291 career batting average. He recorded 12 doubles and four home runs, while driving in 46 runs.
Prior to his arrival at AUM, Booth was a two-year letterwinner at Shelton State Community College, where he helped the Bucs to a fourth-place finish at the Junior College World Series as a senior. During his career at SSCC, Booth posted a .296 batting average with 11 doubles and 41 runs batted in.
A native of Tuscaloosa, Booth prepped at Tuscaloosa High School, where he played for head coach Kenny Burns. He is the son of Billy and Tracey Booth. He has one sister, Ashley, and one brother, Brett, who plays baseball for the University of Alabama. He earned his bachelor’s degree from AUM in secondary education and sports leadership in 2010.
A two-time All-Southern States Athletic Conference performer, Sam Judah returns to the Warhawks for his third season as a volunteer assistant coach in 2015.
Judah enjoyed two standout seasons at AUM, following two seasons at Central Alabama Community College. During his time at AUM, the Ozark, Ala., native appeared in 109 games, posting a .379 batting average, 32 doubles, 13 homers and 92 runs batted in. He also scored 71 runs. On the mound, he made 28 appearances for the Warhawks. He tossed 36 1/3 innings and recording 14 saves, including 11 as a senior, a mark which is tied for the third-best season total in school history. He struck out 45, while walking only 11.
Following his collegiate career, Judah has played professionally for Lake County Fielders of the North American League, the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association of Independent Baseball and the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. Last season with the Cornbelters, Judah was a Frontier League All Star and was a three-time league player of the week. He was third on the team with a .307 batting average, while finishing with 13 home runs, 27 doubles and 82 RBIs. This offseason, he signed an extension with the team and will return to Normal for the 2015 season.
The son of Sammy and Susan Judah, he is currently working to complete his undergraduate degree in sports leadership.