Oct. 8, 2013
Tech’s former first baseman returns to the Flats after three seasons in the minors with the Detroit Tigers organization, eventually retiring following the 2012 season with the Double-A Erie Seawolves in the Eastern League.
Plagman will work primarily with the outfielders and assist current assistant coach Bryan Prince with the hitters. He replaces Wally Crancer, who was named an assistant coach at Purdue University following two years on Tech’s staff.
“It is great to have Tony back in our program and have another former player begin his coaching career at Georgia Tech,” said head coach Danny Hall, who enters his 21st season at Tech in 2014. “I’m very proud of what Tony accomplished here at Tech and in his pro career, and I’m excited for what he brings to our team.”
Plagman was a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets from 2007-10, starting 223 games in his college career and hitting .329 with 56 doubles, 55 homers and 219 RBI. He ranks sixth at Tech in career RBI, third in homers and seventh in doubles. He was drafted in the ninth round by the Tigers following the 2010 season.
Tech won 158 games over his four years, reached the NCAA Regional three times and finished fourth or better in the ACC in each season. Plagman was a four-time Academic All-ACC pick, twice named to the All-ACC Team and was third-team All-American in 2010.
As a minor leaguer, Plagman played 312 games over three seasons and hit .250 with 79 doubles, 36 home runs and 188 RBI. His best season came in 2011 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers in the Florida State League (A-Advanced), where he hit .257 with 18 homers, 97 RBI and slugged .435.
An Atlanta native, Plagman grew up in Alpharetta and attended the Wesleyan School.