Former Niner Kris Rochelle was added to the coaching staff in time for the 2010 season and finished his fourth season back at his alma mater in 2014. He worked as hitting instructor and with the catchers and infielders on the defensive side. He also oversaw field maintenance, equipment and the team managers. He was the primary assigner of summer league player placement.
Rochelle had his pro playing career cut short, playing parts of three seasons of professional baseball following his 2007 graduation and subsequent drafting by Detroit in the 22nd Round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. He last played professionally for two seasons with the Washington Wild Things after a season with the Oneonta Tigers.
In 2013, the 49ers finished 45th in the country in hits, and had the second-best league hits total and batting average. Charlotte also had a league Co-Player of the Year, junior Justin Seager, who was among the league leaders in most offensive categories and one of the national leaders in doubles.
The 2011 season saw the 49ers tie the 2010 mark for fielding percentage en route to their fifth conference title and third NCAA Regionals appearance. The 2011 squad had its seventh season with over 100 stolen bases and eighth season hitting 20 or more triples in school history.
In the 2010 Atlantic 10 regular season championship season, Charlotte hit .327 as a team (their fourth-straight season hitting over .320) and set a school record for defense, tallying a .969 fielding percentage.
Rochelle holds the distinction of hitting for the highest batting average for a single season at Charlotte since 1998. He became the sixth player in team history to hit over .400 for a season after winning the Atlantic 10 batting title with the .404 average in his 2007 season en route to the Niners' return to the postseason. He was a major factor in the team leading the nation in earned run average (2.64) as he caught all but 4.1 of the nearly 550 innings played that season. Also in his senior season, Rochelle led the conference in on-base percentage (.502), while second in hits (92), walks (44) and runs scored (64). He was seventh in total bases (132) and 12th in RBI (50).
He was drafted in the 50th round by the Cubs out of high school at Mills Godwin in Richmond, Va. He was an All-State catcher his senior year, while runner-up for the District Player of the Year honors as a junior as his high school team won back-to-back District and Region Championships as a junior and senior. He played for a two-time American Legion state championship.
His 2007 degree from Charlotte is in Earth science. He lives in Harrisburg.
Drafted in 22nd Round by Detroit Tigers in 2007 MLB Amateur Draft
Sixth 49er in team history to hit over .400 in a season
At Charlotte - 2007: Tied for eighth all-time for career games played and tied for seventh in career doubles at Charlotte... Led team with a career-high .404 average en route to the team's first Atlantic 10 Championship and third NCAA Regional berth... He was Charlotte's fourth league batting champ, and was the first of two at Charlotte to win the Atlantic 10 Conference batting title. Caught all but four of Charlotte's 549.1 innings for the season while collecting 92 hits... Drew a team and career-best 44 walks for an on-base percentage of .502... Threw out 19 of 49 attempted stolen bases...
2006: Had 12 multi-hit games, including a trio of three-hit games... Has seen a decline in strikeouts in each of his three previous seasons... Threw out 20 of 28 baserunners attempting to steal, fourth-best in the A-10... Picked off 10 more baserunners... Batted .349 (15-for-43) when leading off an inning...
2005: Improved across the board with career highs in every statistic while lowering his strikeout total ... Named Conference USA Hitter of the Week on March 7, after hitting .500 and slugging .857 with four extra base hits and 7 RBI in a 4-0 week ... Second on team with 44 RBI and 23 extra-base hits ... Tied for team lead with six home runs ... Two-run home run in the 11th inning gave Charlotte a 6-4 win over Duquesne on March 11 ... Team was 6-0 when he homered ... Four of his homers came with two outs ... Batted .358 with 15 extra-base hits and 27 RBI in 22 non-conference games ... Hit .339 at home ... 15 multiple-hit and 13 multiple-RBI games ... Hit primarily in the cleanup spot (41 games) ... Made 26 starts behind the plate, and played first base 17 times ... Dean's List and Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall, 2005) ...
2004: Opened his career hitting safely in five straight games ... would go on to have a team-leading 13-game hitting streak (March 14 to April 3) ... collected 17 hits (.309) and 11 RBI in that stretch ... had at least one hit in 38 of 51 games overall, including 36 of his first 41 games ... started all 51 games played, including 23 at catcher and 27 as the designated hitter ... two home runs at cross-town rival Davidson, helping Charlotte to a 10-3 win ... homered in four other games, including three against C-USA foes (Tulane, Saint Louis and Houston) ... third-most at-bats on the team.
At Mills Godwin - Drafted in the 50th round of the 2003 draft by the Chicago Cubs. Earned all-state honors as a catcher his senior year. Named first-team all-region as a senior. Named all-district three times. As a junior he was runner-up for district player of the year. Member of a team that won back-to-back district and region championships as a junior and a senior. Played on a two-time American Legion state championship team.
Personal - Parents are Robin and Tina Rochelle. Earned a degree in Earth science from Charlotte in 2007. Birthdate is September 22.
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