BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Baseball head coach John Pawlowski announced the hiring of
assistant coach Adam Pavkovich to the Hilltopper staff on Tuesday. Pavkovich comes
to The Hill from Notre Dame, where he coached the Fighting Irish in the competitive
Atlantic Coast Conference.
“The WKU Baseball program would like to welcome Adam Pavkovich and his family to The
Hill,” Pawlowski said. “With nine years of collegiate coaching experience and an
extensive playing career under hit belt, Adam will continue to enhance the
development of our Hilltopper student-athletes.
“When you look at the teams that Adam has been associated with in his career, we
feel very fortunate that he will be joining us. With the momentum that we created by
finishing fourth in Conference USA and making the tournament in Biloxi, this helps
us position our program for continued success.”
“My family and I are really excited to come to Bowling Green,” Pavkovich said. “This
is a fantastic school and athletic department in a great community, and it’s a very
unique combination of all three that WKU can provide for student-athletes. I’m
looking forward to being a part of it.”
Pavkovich spent the 2019 campaign at Notre Dame, where he was responsible for
infield defense, running the offense and play calling, and assisted in hitting. He
helped complete the No. 48 recruiting class for 2020 and the current No. 38 class
for 2021. He also worked with the analytics team to develop advanced scouting
reports and internal evaluations.
For three years at Georgia State (2016-18), Pavkovich helped improve the Panthers’
slugging percentage in each season. He was responsible for coaching infield defense,
as well as instituting offensive approaches and philosophy. He prepared and executed
a recruiting strategy that helped land a school-record No. 61 class for 2017.
Prior to his time at Georgia State, Pavkovich spent two seasons at Notre Dame, which
he helped to an NCAA Regional berth in 2015. He worked with infielders and hitting
for the Fighting Irish, who led Division I in double plays while ranking ninth
nationally in fielding percentage during the 2015 campaign.
Pavkovich coached an ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient at both Notre Dame
(second baseman Cavan Biggio, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 MLB
Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays) and Alabama (center fielder Taylor Dugas, who was
selected in the 12th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees). Biggio
has made his MLB debut in 2019 after being Eastern League MVP and Rookie of the Year
last season, as the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats claimed their third Eastern
League Championship in franchise history.
Pavkovich went to Notre Dame after one season (2013) as an assistant coach at
Alabama-Huntsville. He also spent two years (2011-12) as a student assistant at
Alabama, his alma mater, where he coached first base, worked with the infield and
outfield defense and assisted with hitting.
Selected in the 11th round of the 2003 MLB Draft, Pavkovich enjoyed an eight-year
professional baseball career with the Los Angeles Angels organization, reaching the
Triple-A level. During his time with the Angels, he worked with some of the best
baseball minds in the game, including former Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia, hitting
coach Jim Eppard and former hitting coach Mickey Hatcher.
He played in 708 career minor league games, turning in his best year in 2008 as he
batted .280 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI for Triple-A Salt Lake City. He earned
invitations to Major League spring training in 2008 and 2009.
Pavkovich began his coaching career at IMG Academies (2007-2010) in Sarasota, Fla.,
as a special instructor during his offseasons. While at IMG, he worked with several
players who went on to be drafted and two who eventually reached the Major Leagues
in Tyler Pastornicky of the Atlanta Braves and J.R. Murphy of the New York Yankees.
Pavkovich was a three-year letterwinner as a shortstop at Alabama (2001-03), helping
the Crimson Tide to Southeastern Conference Tournament championships and NCAA
Regional appearances in 2002 and 2003. His best year came in 2003, when he batted
.338 with 11 homeruns, 55 RBI and an SEC-leading 27 doubles and was named to the SEC
Pavkovich completed his degree in Commerce and Business Administration as an
Accounting major with a minor in Computer Science at Alabama in 2012. The Venice,
Fla., native is married to the former Lindsay Devore, and the couple has two
daughters, Presley Grace and Sadie Belle.