ATLANTA -- After one season at Alabama, Brock Bennett has returned to the Georgia State baseball program as assistant coach, head coach Greg Frady announced.

Bennett will serve as the Panthers' hitting instructor.

"I'm really excited for Brock to return to the staff," Frady said. "He is a seasoned Division I coach with a lot of experience. He brings a competitive, tough attitude to our organization, and I think he is the perfect fit to help our team."

Bennett originally came to Georgia State in 2015-16 and spent two years on the staff. One of the players with whom he worked closely was catcher Nick Gatewood, who went on the become an 11th-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

He moved to Alabama, his alma mater, and served the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach under first-year head coach Brad Bohannon.

Before joining Frady's staff, Bennett spent three years as an assistant coach at junior college program Georgia Perimeter College and helped the Jaguars win a pair of region titles. He coached the first-team all-conference catcher all three years, and four GPC players were drafted during his time there.

Bennett was a standout catcher at Alabama (2007-11), where he compiled a .314 career batting average while starting more than 100 games, including 97 starts behind the plate. During his career, the Crimson Tide reached four straight NCAA Regionals and advanced to the Super Regionals in 2010.

He earned numerous accolades, including the 2010 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament team, National Player of the Week by College Baseball 360 and a spot on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.

Bennett was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 33rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

Bennett earned his degree in business management from Alabama in 2010. A native of Atlanta who attended Greater Atlanta Christian School, he is married to the former Ashley Skorcz.

"Atlanta is home, and Ashley and I are happy to be back," Bennett said. "This is an exciting time to be at Georgia State, and I am looking forward to working with the staff and student-athletes and helping this program grow."