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Former Cougar player Kirk Blount begins his sixth season with the UH program in 2008. The Houston native works closely with the Cougar catchers and serves as the team's recruiting coordinator.
In 2007, Blount guided sophomore Luis Flores, who was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, while centerfielder Zak Presley was named to the C-USA All-Freshmen squad. In addition, his recruiting class was named one of the nation's best by Baseball America magazine.
In 2006, Blount's catchers directed a pitching staff which saw each of its weekend starters finish among Conference USA's Top Seven individual leaders in ERA, making the Cougars the only league team to accomplish that feat.
Brett Logan was taken in the 31st round of the amateur draft by the Washington Nationals, while Flores was named a Freshman First-Team All-American, thanks to his offensive production and leadership behind the plate.
In 2005, Blount's pitchers and catchers combined to throw 488 strikeouts, the fourth-highest total in UH single-season history, and record a 4.01 ERA to tie for second in Conference USA. In addition, righthander Brad Lincoln became just the seventh player in school history to throw triple-digit strikeouts in one year.
Blount displayed his prowess on the recruiting trail as his 2005 signing class was ranked No. 19 nationally by the staff of StudentSportsBaseball.com and was ranked in the nation's Top 40 by Collegiate Baseball.
In his first year back with the Cougars as a full-time assistant in 2004, Blount made an immediate impact on the UH pitching staff. Although injuries forced him to rely on 10 different starting pitchers, Blount guided the Cougar hurlers to a pair of shutouts and nearly 450 strikeouts as a staff.
By the time that the season had ended, UH pitchers led Conference USA in ERA and strikeouts in league games.
Blount returned to UH in the fall of 2003 after working in private business for three years. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at UH for two years.
In 1999, the Cougar pitching staff tied for the Conference USA lead with a 4.60 ERA and .271 opponents' batting average and tossed five shutouts. That team also advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Regional at Houston.
That year, pitcher Shane Nance set a then-UH single-season record with 119 strikeouts.
One year later, Blount helped lead the Cougars to one of the finest seasons in school history. UH set a new school record with 48 wins and fell just one win short of advancing to the NCAA College World Series.
The Cougar pitching staff was a major reason for the team's success in 2000. UH hurlers compiled a 3.58 team ERA and hurled 440 strikeouts with Nance tossing 117 strikeouts, the then-second highest mark in Cougar single-season history.
Blount began his coaching career at Alabama where he worked for three years from 1996 to 1998. He served as a volunteer coach from 1996 to 1997 and worked as the director of operations in 1998.
During his tenure in Alabama, the Crimson Tide posted an an impressive 152-51 record, enjoyed three consecutive appearances to the NCAA postseason with back-to-back berths to the NCAA College World Series in 1996 and 1997. Alabama captured the SEC Tournament championships in both 1996 and 1997, while the 1997 team advanced to the NCAA College World Series title game before falling to LSU.
Blount lettered at UH in 1995 during Noble's first year as the Cougar skipper. He appeared in 26 games with 19 starts behind the plate and added a double, home run and eight RBIs.
Before enrolling at UH, Blount attended Angelina Junior College in Lufkin, where he was a two-year starter at catcher. During that time, he batted .313 and was a member of the Angelina Dean's List.
Blount is a 1990 graduate of Waltrip High School, where he maintained a 4.0 grade point average. He was an All-District selection as a senior and earned the Army Academic Leadership Award.
Blount and his wife Laura live in Houston.