In 2014, Austin Peay State University baseball took a step to recognize the efforts of Derrick Dunbar, the team’s hometown hitting coach. Former head coach Gary McClure assigned Dunbar as an official full-time assistant, nearly a decade into his coaching career.
Derrick Dunbar finally got the recognition he deserved in 2014 when former APSU head coach Gary McClure upgraded the popular hitting coach and recruiting coordinator to a full-time position. Two seasons prior, Dunbar was barely scraping by on $11,000 as a temporary employee, though he was paramount to the Gov’s 2011, 2012, and 2013, OVC titles.
According to Gary McClure, Dunbar was already on the field full time. In addition to coaching, Dunbar had spent a great deal of time in the office and on the recruiting trail. McClure says he was extremely excited when he was finally able to offer Dunbar compensation for the job he’d already been doing. Dunbar chose to stay as a mostly volunteer coach because he simply loved being at home, recalls Gary McClure, who said the promotion was part of the school’s long-term plan to raise salaries for successful coaches.
Dunbar’s appointment was significant because it marked the first time in APSU history where the school had the maximum allowable number of paid full-time assistants. McClure says Dunbar’s promotion was a huge morale boost for the team. But Dunbar wasn’t alone on the field; Greg Bachman returned to Raymond C. Hand Park just days after Dunbar’s promotion. Bachman played for the Govs and was an All OVC third baseman before leaving to play pro ball for two years. Gary McClure happily welcomed Bachman back and wasted no time in finding a spot for the new volunteer coach.
Gary McClure left the Govs in 2015 but continues to watch the team’s progress. He says he remains proud of his beloved Governors and hopes to see the program continue to rise in the future.