Arkansas-Pine Bluff head baseball coach Carlos James announced Tuesday that associate head coach Marc MacMillan has accepted a position at Ole Miss under the direction of 14-year head coach Mike Bianco.
The announcement came 10 days before UAPB begins its season with a four-game set at Tulane in New Orleans.
“It’s an honor that one of the top programs in the country decided to come pluck one of our coaches from the staff,” James said in a statement. “That lets you know where our program has come.
“A big program like Ole Miss don’t come get you for nothing. You have to be doing something good within the program.”
MacMillan will serve as the coordinator of baseball operations at Ole Miss.
James said these are the type of jobs that lead to head coaching positions.
“That’s a tribute to the players that we brought in and what they built and the vision we had when we first got here,” James said.
UAPB has been picked to finish first in the SWAC West by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game magazine.
“That is unheard of especially for a school that has never won a baseball championship,” James said. “… It shows you that people are looking at the progress and the coaches of this baseball team.”
MacMillan has served as the recruiting coordinator and pitching/infield coach since arriving at UAPB in November 2010.
During his tenure with the Lions, UAPB’s ERA in the SWAC improved to a conference best 3.38 last fall, including earning four pitcher of the week awards.
“It has been a privilege serving UAPB, Carlos, and all the players,” MacMillan said in the statement. “Carlos has a vision for this program and it is one I fully support.
“… He continues to show the patience, trust, and growth needed in our efforts to stick to the process and plan of action we together had to build the program where it is today.”
MacMillan recruited infielder Isias Alcantar, the 2013 SWAC Player of the Year and former Golden Lion Jordan Sechler, a 19th round selection in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Braves.
“When you respect and love the people who surround you, leaving is never easy,” MacMillan said. “… While it is tough to leave, I am grateful for the support and understanding displayed by the coaching staff and players.
“They understand my excitement to return to my alma mater to serve and give back to it as it gave so much to me.”