ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville baseball coach Scott Friedholm announced today the hiring of former Elon standout Chris Bresnahan as an assistant coach.


"We are excited to have Chris Bresnahan join the UNC Asheville baseball family,” stated Friedholm. “It became apparent with the more coaches we spoke to that UNC Asheville is very fortunate to get Chris in our program. He is one of those young coaches who is exciting to be around.


"Chris is a high character individual and I am excited to see his knowledge in play when working with our infielders,” added Friedholm.


Bresnahan comes to Asheville after spending the 2014 season at Fordham University of the Atlantic 10 Conference.


Serving as the outfield and first base coach, Bresnahan helped coach the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 Championship appearance in four seasons and their first tournament win since 2007. Fordham also saw four players earn All-League honors, a number not attained since 1997. Among the honorees was First-Team All-Atlantic 10 outfielder Tim Swatek, who led the conference in batting average (.392), on-base percentage (.491), and walks (32).


Bresnahan came to Fordham's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, New York, after finishing his playing career at Elon University, where he started 85 games over his final two seasons. In 2013, he helped the Phoenix win the Southern Conference Championship and earn an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Elon made its first regional final appearance in Charlottesville, Virginia, with Bresnahan at the heart of the team’s success. He batted .385 (5-for-13) in the regional with three RBI and two runs scored in four games and was named to the Charlottesville All-Regional Team.


Before arriving at Elon, Bresnahan was a standout at St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey. A native of Freehold, N.J., he was a four-time First-Team All-Division selection and earned First-, Second- and Third-Team All-Shore Conference accolades as well as All-County honors in his four seasons. He helped lead his prep squad to four division titles.


For coaching experience, Bresnahan has coached for the World Yacht Clippers, based in Westchester County (N.Y.), the past two summers (2012-13). He also assisted with the Elon baseball summer camp in 2013.


Bresnahan graduated from Elon with a bachelor’s of science degree in Sport & Event Management with a minor in Business Administration.