The ABAA invites the Aggie family to join us as we honor Keith Shumate as the 6th recipient of the ABAA Achievement Award. Shumate is the second longest tenured baseball coach behind the great Mel “Big Ten” Groomes. Shumate arrived in Aggieland in the Fall of 1996,stepped up to the plate and breathed life into a historic program that was on its last leg. In the next 15 years, Shumate built a program that is now competitive and respected in the region.
The year before Shumate’s arrival, the Aggies went 4-45. In 15 seasons under Shumate, the Aggies broke the school record for wins six times, including last season’s 31-wins that earned the program its first ever 30-win season. He amassed 294 wins total.
Rebuilding the program became possible because of Shumate’s ability to recruit outstanding players. Shumate coached 11 players who signed professional baseball contracts. Five of those players were drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft. Shumate also coached three All-Americans, three Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans and 17 different players earned first-team All-MEAC honors under Shumate.
The ABAA Achievement Award is presented to a recipient from any field of endeavor, who has personified perseverance, achievement, and has or had significant involvement with the Aggie Baseball Program in some capacity. Shumate will be honored on Friday, April 27, prior to the first pitch of the ESPNU televised game against Bethune Cookman at 12 :00 Noon.