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Estave named assistant baseball coach

WESSON, Mississippi – A familiar face is returning to the Co-Lin dugout. Co-Lin head baseball coach Clay Smith has announced that former Wolf Pack catcher CJ Estave has joined the Co-Lin staff as assistant baseball coach.

A Franklinton, Louisiana native, Estave played for Smith in 2017 and 2018. As a freshman, he played in 46 games and was Top 10 in nearly every offensive category including leading the team in at-bats with 152 and a shared team lead in doubles with 10. Estave followed with a stellar sophomore year where he was Top 5 on the team in most offensive categories including third in batting average (.370) and was tied for second in doubles with nine. Estave was also awarded Player of the Week and First Team All-State honors from the MACCC during his sophomore year.

“We are very excited to add Coach Estave to our staff,” said Smith. “CJ loves Co-Lin and he is a great guy that is energetic and knowledgeable. He will do a great job developing our players on and off the field. Recruiting is the lifeblood of college athletics. Coach Estave will work tirelessly to evaluate and recruit the right guys for our program,”

After graduating from Co-Lin, Estave continued his career at Delta State University. In his junior year, Estave played in 43 games, starting 39 at designated hitter. He led the team with a .324 batting average with four doubles and three home runs while helping the Statesmen earn the team’s then 15th Gulf South Conference title. During his COVID-shortened senior season, Estave played 12 games, making 10 starts as designated hitter or catcher. Estave graduated from Delta State in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. He then worked as a graduate assistant for the Statesmen baseball program working with player development by helping to run practices, facility and field maintenance, and player recruiting.

“We are glad to have CJ back at Co-Lin,” said Co-Lin athletic director Bryan Nobile. “CJ was a valuable player and leader for us during his time at Co-Lin and I know that he will be a great addition to the Wolf Pack staff.”

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