PORTALES, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico athletic director Dr. Jeff Geiser announced the hiring of David Gomez to be the new head coach for the Greyhound program on Tuesday. Gomez will be just the third coach in the program's 22-year history and fills the spot that has been vacant since August.

"Due to the timing of having to fill this position, I was concerned about the quality of our candidate pool," Geiser said. "However, after receiving over 50 applications I believe we have hit a home run with the hiring of David Gomez."

Gomez comes from Alcorn State where he has been an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the past four years. He was in charge of all aspects of recruiting, developing the pitching staff and hitters, designed team practice plans and implemented pitching strength training programs.

During his time with the Braves, they played in the Rice Regional during the 2011 Division I tournament after ASU won the program's first Southwest Athletic Conference Championship. In his three seasons, the team produced 11 All-Conference selections, compiled a 57-26 conference record.

Prior to his tenure with ASU, Gomez was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Frank Phillips in Borger, Texas for four years. He helped produce seven Major League Baseball draft picks, including the first French-born player ever selected, and the program's first NJCAA Baseball First Team All-American while the team was second and 14th in the country in hitting in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Gomez spent four years at at New Mexico Military Institute as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for baseball and business manager for the entire athletic department. During his tenure, the Broncos had three NJCAA Academic All-Americans and broke the school record for wins in three consecutive seasons.

He also brings international coaching as Gomez served as an assistant coach for the French national baseball team in September 2007 during the European Championships which also served as an Olympic-qualifying event.