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Maguire, Honeycutt named assistant baseball coaches

Maguire, Honeycutt named assistant baseball coaches

GREENWOOD, S.C. — J.T. Maguire and Zach Honeycutt, who coached together last season in the Coastal Plains League, have been named assistant coaches at Lander, head coach Jason Burke announced Tuesday.

"I'm very excited to have both J.T. and Zach join the staff here at Lander University," Burke said. "Both are great additions to the Bearcat baseball program. I had the chance to work beside J.T. at Wofford and see his work ethic of the knowledge of the game for the past two years. In addition, his recruiting connections will help us bring in quality student-athletes who can help the program continue its growth. Zach has an excellent reputation in the coaching world with catchers and his work ethic is outstanding. Having coached against him last season and having spoke to those who know him well, I'm confident he will do a great job here at Lander."

Maguire spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Wofford, where he worked with Burke. In Maguire's two seasons at Wofford, the Terriers won at least 30 games. In 2016, Wofford lead the Southern Conference with 101 stolen bases. The Terriers set a school record with 39 wins in 2015 and lead all of Divsion I baseball with 138 steals. Wofford batted .302 as a team with 184 extra base hits. The Terriers had two All-American selections and seven All-SoCon players during Maguire's tenure. 

In 2016, Maguire helped lead Wofford's baseball team on a 10-day trip to Italy for a class called "A Study of the Art, Religious and Cultural History of Italy."

Over the last two years, Maguire was the head coach of the Forest City Owls in the Coastal Plain League. In 2016, the Owls posted a 34-win season and earned their first playoff birth since 2010, advancing to the CPL semi-finals.

Maguire served as an assistant coach at Hartford Community College for two years prior to his arrival at Wofford. In 2014, Maguire helped lead the Fighting Owls to a regional championship and a Super Regional appearance. 

Maguire was an assistant coach at his alma mater, North Harford High School, helping lead the school to an appearance in the 2012 Maryland state championship. In 2010, Maguire served as an assistant on the staff of The Park School of Baltimore, which won the Maryland state championship.

As a player, Maguire spent two seasons at Delaware Tech Community College before playing his final two years at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. 

Honeycutt spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach at USC Upstate, where he worked primarily with catchers, while assisting with hitting and defense. Under Honeycutt's tutelage, freshman catcher Charlie Carpenter committed just two errors in 248 chances for the Spartans.  

Honeycutt also worked with Maguire last season as an assistant coach for the Forest City Owls, whom he helped lead to a 33-23 overall record and the Coastal Plains League's Western Division championship for the second half of the season. The Owls finished fifth in the CPL for fewest passed balls and catcher Adan Ordonez was selected to play in the CPL All-Star game. 

A native of Locust, N.C., Honeycutt played collegiately at Mars Hill and graduated in 2015. He has worked with Marty Reed, current bullpen coach for the Atlanta Braves, and Travis Barbary, former catching coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers.