Eric Bunnell enters his first year at UChicago in 2017-18 where he will assist with the team’s defensive efforts. He will also work with hitters and base runners, as well as recruiting efforts.
Bunnell joins the Maroons coaching staff after four successful seasons at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. where he coached infielders and base runners. In 2017, the Pumas posted a 35-22 record, climbing as high as 14th in the national polls and made a dramatic run into the postseason, earning berths into the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) tournaments and into the NCAA Tournament. Under Bunnell’s instruction, the Pumas posted a .968 fielding percentage in 2015, which ranked 32nd in Division II and was the programs highest fielding percentage in over a decade.
Bunnell came to SJC after a three-year stint as the top assistant at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. His years with the Storm were among the best in school history, as the Storm won 66 games in a three-year span and qualified for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament in back-to-back seasons, setting a school record for wins in 2012 with 27.
Prior to Lake Erie, Bunnell spent two seasons as an assistant for Coach Fitzgerald at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. While at NCC, Bunnell and the Cardinals captured the 2010 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) championship and earned an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. That followed a four-season stay at his alma mater, Mount Union College. While at his alma mater, the Purple Raiders twice tied the school record for wins and made two conference tournament appearances.
Bunnell was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference player at Mount Union, earning all-league accolades in 2003 and All-Tournament team recognition in 2002 when he helped lead his team to the conference championship game.
In 2008, Bunnell was named Manager of the Year of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League while leading the Stark County Terriers to a franchise-best 27 wins. Since 2004, 20 of his players have gone on to play professional baseball.
Bunnell holds a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Mount Union College and earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from North Central College. Bunnell is a native of Conneaut, Ohio.