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Former Atlanta Braves assistant and successful prep coach Mark Mortimer has been added to the Georgia Gwinnett College baseball staff as an assistant coach.
A native of Jonesboro, Ga., Mortimer played professionally in the Braves' minor league system for five years after a stellar collegiate career and has been an instructor in the local area over the last decade.
He was named the Georgia Dugout Club's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2012.
"We are thrilled to welcome coach Mortimer to our staff," said Grizzlies head baseball coach Brad Stromdahl. "He brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and amateur development to our team. He has coached some of the top players in the southeast to professional contracts and will only continue to help our guys improve in the classroom and on the field."
Mortimer starred collegiately at Georgia State University from 1995-97 for legendary coach Mike Hurst, where he was a three-time all-conference and all-region selection. He was named a Mizuno Freshman All-American and was a Trans America Athletic Conference batting champion.
He then went on to play five years in the Braves' minor league system as a catcher, first baseman and outfielder. Mortimer reached the AAA level and played for two Carolina League championship teams.
Mortimer also was a major league bullpen catcher for the Braves from 2002-03, part of a team that won the National League's East Division both years before falling in the Division Series to the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, respectively.
Since 2005, Mortimer has been president of BigStix Baseball, a prep travel squad that has seen over 60 players sign collegiate scholarships and boasts 10 alums currently among the professional ranks.
Mortimer also has coached baseball and softball at perennial power Parkview High School in nearby Lilburn, Ga. The baseball Panthers of coach Chan Brown have claimed the last two Georgia state championships, the 2012 national title, and were named Baseball America's top program in June, 2012.
Since 2008, Mortimer also has been an instructor with Elite Sports Complex in McDonough, Ga.
Mortimer currently resides in McDonough, Ga., with his wife, Christy, and their son, Logan.