2022 College Baseball Coaching Changes Tracker

Image credit: CSUN coach Dave Serrano (Photo courtesy of CSUN)

As we do every year, Baseball America is tracking the latest news and movement in the college baseball coaching market. As the end of the season draws near, things are already starting to heat up with changes already announced at Austin Peay State, Florida International and Tulane, in addition to several retirements.

Last year’s coaching market was hyperactive, as 40 programs changed head coaches. That was a sharp increase from 2020, when there were 14 coaching changes, and up from pre-pandemic levels, when there were on average 25-30 changes annually.

After a tumultuous year, 2022 is unlikely to bring as much change. But it is still an active coaching market.

This story will update every time there are coaching changes this year.


Former coach: Chris Sabo
New coach: Tim Donnelly (interim)

What to know: After four years, Sabo is out at Akron after restarting the program following its elimination in 2015. He went 31-89 with the Zips, though Akron was working with significant limitations as the program got back up to speed. Now, the Zips are in a bit better position and initially hired Greg Beals to help them take the next step. He came to Akron following 12 seasons at Ohio State, but left just after the new year to take over at Marshall. Now, Donnelly, who this summer was hired as an assistant coach, will take over the program on an interim basis for the 2023 season.


Former coach: Jim Foster
New coach: Chris Tracz

What to know: Foster on June 28 left Army to take over as head coach at Northwestern. In six years with the Black Knights, he went 162-140 and led them to regionals in each of the last four seasons. Army’s run over the last four seasons is its best in program history and it will be up to Tracz to build on that momentum. Tracz comes to West Point after 13 seasons as head coach at Marist, where he went 315-282-2 and led the Red Foxes to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Prior to taking over as head coach of his alma mater he spent one season as an assistant at Army and three seasons as an assistant at Marist.

Austin Peay State

Former coach: Travis Janssen
New coach: Roland Fanning

What to know: APSU on April 25 announced Janssen’s firing. He was in his seventh season as head coach of the Governors and went 169-173 in that time. After winning at least 30 games in three of Janssen’s first four seasons at the program’s helm, APSU this spring is on its way to its second straight losing season. APSU on May 29 hired Fanning to take over the program. Fanning spent the last three years as a part of the staff at Oklahoma State, serving as director of player development. Previously, he was an assistant coach at Kentucky and Arkansas-Little Rock. 


Former coach: Steve Rodriguez
New coach: Mitch Thompson

What to know: Rodriguez resigned at the end of the season, his seventh at Baylor. He led the Bears to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2017-19, but they missed regionals in each of the last two seasons and this year finished a disappointing 26-28. Rodriguez ends his tenure in Waco at 197-146, making him the third-winningest coach in program history. To replace him, Baylor hired Thompson, who spent the last nine years as head coach of McLennan (Texas) JC and won the 2021 national championship. Prior to that, he was a longtime assistant coach at Baylor under Steve Smith. His experience recruiting to Baylor and his winning pedigree at McLennan make for an impressive combination.  


Former coach: Larry Owens (retired)
New coach: Chris Dominguez

What to know: Owens retired at the end of the season, his ninth at Bellarmine. He helped the Knights transition to Division I in 2021. In two years since reclassifying, they are 24-79. The Knights on June 13 announced they had promoted Chris Dominguez to head coach. He spent 2020 and 2022 as an assistant coach with the program, sandwiched around a season at Miami. Dominguez starred at crosstown Louisville, where he was named Big East player of the year, and went on to reach the major leagues before beginning his coaching career.

Brigham Young

Former coach: Mike Littlewood
New coach: Trent Pratt

What to know: BYU on April 11 announced Littlewood was resigning as head coach effective immediately, citing personal reasons. It makes for a stunning end to Littlewood’s 10-year tenure at his alma mater. He went 262-208 with the Cougars and led them to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, their first appearance in regionals since 2002. Associate head coach Trent Pratt was named the interim head coach and went 16-9 the rest of the way, including a 10-5 mark in West Coast Conference play. Ultimately, BYU took the interim tag off his title, promoting him to the position full time. He takes over after 10 years on staff, including the last four as associate head coach. It will be up to Pratt to take the Cougars into the Big 12, a change in conference affiliation that will take place in a year.


Former coach: Dave Schrage (retired) 
New coach: Blake Beemer

What to know: Butler announced on May 18 that Schrage would retire at the end of the season, his 34th as a head coach. Schrage was a head coach at seven programs, including the last six years at Butler. He won more than 850 games in his career, which included stops at Waldorf (Iowa), Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, Evansville, Notre Dame, South Dakota State and Butler. Beemer, 31, comes to Butler after four years as the recruiting coordinator at Ball State, his alma mater. He also previously coached at Eastern Illinois and Penn State. He’s been a standout recruiter and has deep Midwestern ties.

Cal State Northridge

Former coach: Dave Serrano (retired)
New coach: Eddie Cornejo 

What to know: Serrano announced Jan. 25 that 2022 will be his last season as a college head coach. He’s in his 16th season as a head coach and third at CSUN. Serrano, the 2007 Coach of the Year and 2004 Assistant Coach of the Year, is one of 13 coaches all-time to lead two different programs to the College World Series. On April 27, the school announced associate head coach Eddie Cornejo will be promoted to head coach at the end of the season. Cornejo has been a part of Serrano’s staff at CSUN for three years and has been an assistant coach in the Big West for 10 years.


Former coach: Monte Lee 
New coach: Erik Bakich

What to know: Clemson on May 31, the day after officially learning it had missed the NCAA Tournament, announced Lee had been fired. Lee spent seven seasons at Clemson and in his first four, he led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament, three times hosted regionals and won the 2016 ACC Tournament. But after the canceled 2020 season, Clemson last year posted its first losing record since 1958 and this year missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. And, so, Lee is out after seven seasons and a 242-136 record. Bakich is regarded as one of the top coaches in the country and comes to Clemson after spending the last decade at Michigan. He led the Wolverines to the 2019 College World Series finals and this season won the Big Ten Tournament. He previously was the head coach at Maryland, an assistant at Vanderbilt under Tim Corbin and got his start in coaching as the volunteer assistant for one season at Clemson under Jack Leggett. 


Former coach: Jim Sherman (retired)
New coach: Greg Mamula

What to know: Sherman announced Jan. 22 that he would retire following the 2022 season, his 22nd as head coach at his alma mater. He has led the Blue Hens to the NCAA Tournament three times, most recently in 2017, and will finish his career with the second most wins in program history. Delaware on May 22 announced it hired Greg Mamula as its new head coach. Mamula spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic and previously was an assistant coach for five years at Delaware from 2002-06.

Fairleigh Dickinson

Former coach: Rob DiToma
New coach: Manny Roman

What to know: DiToma was hired away by San Francisco after three seasons at FDU. He this season led the Knights to 24 wins and a fourth-place finish in the Northeast Conference, their best season since 2016. Roman, who was hired as an assistant coach on DiToma’s staff a year ago, was promoted to head coach. He came to FDU from Monroe (N.Y.) JC, helping it to the Junior College World Series twice in four seasons.

Florida International

Former coach: Mervyl Melendez
New coach: Rich Witten

What to know: Melendez announced May 18 that he would step down at the end of the season. He spent six years at FIU and went 126-154. His tenure included some big wins on the recruiting trail and the Panthers twice brought in Top 25 recruiting classes, but they were never able to turn that into enough wins on the diamond. FIU has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2015 and last earned an at-large bid in 2011. The Panthers on June 23 hired Witten, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth. He previously coached at Winthrop and in 2014 was the volunteer assistant at Miami.

Florida State

Former coach: Mike Martin Jr.
New coach: Link Jarrett

What to know: Florida State on June 10 fired Mike Martin Jr. after three seasons as head coach. The move came less than a week after the Seminoles’ season came to an end in the Auburn Regional, where they went 1-2. Martin Jr. went 77-54 in three seasons and twice made the NCAA Tournament, but for the first time since 1981-85, the Seminoles have not advanced past regionals in back-to-back seasons. Florida State ultimately landed its top target, hiring Jarrett away from Notre Dame after his incredible three-year run in South Bend. Jarrett, a Florida State alum, led the Fighting Irish to the 2022 College World Series and in 2021 won the ACC title and fell one win shy of a trip to Omaha. Now, he returns to his hometown with the task of returning the Seminoles to the top of the ACC.

Fresno State

Former coach: Mike Batesole
New coach: Ryan Overland (interim)

What to know: On Dec. 30, Batesole announced his retirement after 20 years as head coach at Fresno State. He led the Bulldogs to the 2008 national championship and made the NCAA Tournament eight times. Previously, he was head coach of Cal State Northridge for seven seasons and his 895 career wins ranked 16th among active Division I coaches at the end of last season. Overland will now take over the program after 10 seasons on staff at his alma mater. He caught for the national championship team and has spent the last five seasons as Fresno State’s pitching coach.

George Mason

Former coach: Bill Brown (retired)
New coach: Shawn Camp 

What to know: Brown in July announced his retirement after 41 seasons as coach at George Mason. He went 1,083-1,056-7 after taking over the program as a 24-year-old in 1981. He led the Patriots to the NCAA Tournament seven times, most recently in 2014. Camp will take over the program as head coach after three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater. The former big leaguer had been elevated to associate head coach for the 2022 season.

Grambling State

Former coach: James Cooper
New coach: Davin Pierre 

What to know: Cooper stepped down in November after 12 years as head coach of his alma mater to take a job in the Yankees organization. He led the Tigers to the Southwest Athletic Conference championship in 2010, their first in 25 years, and for the last four seasons finished either first or second in the SWAC West Division. Pierre was an assistant coach throughout Cooper’s tenure and took over for the 2022 season as interim head coach. The Grambling alumnus had the interim tag removed in October, following a year that saw the Tigers finish second in the SWAC West, and he will continue as head coach.

Grand Canyon

Former coach: Andy Stankiewicz
New coach: Gregg Wallis

What to know: Stankiewicz was hired away by Southern California on July 3 after 11 seasons at GCU. He led the Antelopes through their transition to Division I and to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons, including this year as an at-large team. GCU has become one of the premier programs in the WAC. Now, it will turn to Wallis to continue that work. He started at GCU in 2014, as the program began its Division I transition, and spent nine seasons as an assistant coach on Stankiewicz’s staff before his promotion.  


Former coach: Ritch Price
New coach: Dan Fitzgerald

What to know: Price announced his retirement at the conclusion of the season, bringing an end to his 20-year tenure at Kansas. He went 581-558-3, led the Jayhawks to regionals three times and won the 2006 Big 12 Tournament. Kansas has not reached the NCAA Tournament since 2014, however, and finished last in the Big 12 in back-to-back seasons, including a 4-20 conference mark this year. Fitzgerald comes to Kansas after an impressive career as an assistant coach. He spent the last year at Louisiana State and nine years at Dallas Baptist, where he helped Dan Heefner build the Patriots into a power. Now, he takes over the Jayhawks, who are looking to take a step forward in the new-look Big 12.


Former coach: Tim Reilly 
New coach: A.J. Miller

What to know: After two seasons as head coach at Lafayette, Reilly left following the 2022 season to join the coaching staff at Navy. The Leopards went 29-52 during his tenure. Miller spent the last seven years on staff at Lehigh, including the last year as associate head coach. Now, he returns to his alma mater, where he was a three-year starter as catcher. He was the 2011 Patriot League player of the year and still holds the program record for career home runs (22).


Former coach: Mike Cole
New coach: David Miller

What to know: Cole resigned as head coach in August, leaving to join Chris Tracz’s staff at Army. Cole spent five seasons as head coach of Manhattan and went 90-122. Miller was head coach at La Salle for four seasons before the program was eliminated following the 2021 season. He led the Explorers to a program-record 32 wins in 2021. He spent the last year as head coach at Penn State-Abington.


Former coach: Chris Tracz
New coach: Lance Ratchford

What to know: Tracz was hired away by Army in July, ending a 13-year tenure as the head coach of his alma mater. He leaves as the winningest coach in program history with a record of 315-282-2. Tracz led the program to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and this year finished second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Ratchford spent three seasons as an assistant coach under Tracz before leaving to take over as head coach at SUNY-Cobleskill. Now, he is back at Marist after four seasons with the Fighting Tigers. He turned around Cobleskill and had back-to-back first-place finishes in conference play.


Former coach: Jeff Waggoner
New coach: Greg Beals

What to know: Marshall on Oct. 13 announced that Waggoner had been fired after 16 seasons as head coach. He went 339-478-3 during his tenure and led the Thundering Herd to a winning record just three times. The timing of his dismissal is unusual and left Marshall looking for a head coach just four months before its first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Just after the new year, Marshall hired Beals to take over the program. He has been a head coach for 20 years, the last 12 coming at Ohio State. He was fired by the Buckeyes at the end of the season before being hired by Akron, but he never coached an official game for the Zips, as he leaves after fall practice.


Former coach: Daron Schoenrock (retired)
New coach: Kerrick Jackson

What to know: Schoenrock announced Jan. 18 that he would retire following the season, his 18th at Memphis. He won 463 games with the Tigers and led them to the 2007 NCAA Tournament. While Memphis has struggled in the American Athletic Conference, the program is seen to have upside as the conference enters a new era following realignment. Now, Jackson will look to build on that promise. He has an extensive, varied resume in baseball and engineered a quick turnaround at Southern, taking the Jaguars to the 2019 NCAA Tournament in his second season. He comes to Memphis after spending the last 1.5 years as the president of the MLB Draft League, a collegiate summer league.


Former coach: Erik Bakich
New coach: Tracy Smith

What to know: Bakich was hired away by Clemson after a decade in Ann Arbor. While Michigan has always been among the best programs in the Big Ten, Bakich took the Wolverines to new heights when in 2019 he led them back to Omaha and to the College World Series finals. Smith was picked to take the program forward. In 25 years as a head coach at Arizona State, Michigan and Miami (Ohio), he has a career record of 805-612-1. He was out of coaching over the last year following his dismissal at Arizona State, but he’s had a lot of success in the Midwest, especially at Indiana, which he led to the 2013 College World Series.

Middle Tennessee State

Former coach: Jim Toman
New coach: Jerry Meyers (interim)

What to know: Toman resigned Aug. 29, three weeks after he was charged with driving under the influence. He was the Blue Raiders coach for four seasons, going 78-104 during his tenure, including a 29-26 mark in 2022. Meyers, who was hired as associate head coach this summer, was promoted to interim head coach for the 2023 season. He previously served as head coach at Old Dominion for six seasons and spent 15 years as an assistant coach at South Carolina.

Mississippi Valley State

Former coach: Stanley Stubbs
New coach: Milton Barney Jr.

What to know: After one season with the Delta Devils, Stubbs stepped down on June 15. MVSU is one of the toughest jobs in the country and Stubbs went 10-31 in 2022. Barney, who played at Grambling State and was an assistant coach at Alcorn State, was hired as MVSU’s next head coach. 


Former coach: T.J. Bruce
New coach: Jake McKinley

What to know: Bruce left Nevada after seven seasons as head coach to become the associate head coach at Texas Christian, where he replaces Bill Mosiello, who was hired to be head coach at Ohio State. Bruce went 171-168 with the Wolf Pack and led them to two Mountain West titles and the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The regionals appearance was Nevada’s first since 2000. McKinley comes to Nevada after spending the last four years in the Brewers organization, most recently serving as vice president of player development. Prior to joining the Brewers, he spent 13 years as a college coach, including five as a head coach in NAIA.

North Alabama

Former coach: Mike Keehn (retired)
New coach: Jad Prachniak

What to know: Keehn announced in May that he would retire following the season after 34 seasons at North Alabama. He began his career as a graduate assistant at UNA in 1989 and spent 20 years as an assistant coach with the program before taking over as head coach in November 2008. He helped guide the Lions through their transition to Division I as members of the ASUN Conference. Prachniak comes to UNA from Delaware, where he spent the last two seasons as associate head coach. He also spent six years on staff at William & Mary. In between his time at William & Mary and Delaware, he was head coach at West Chester (Pa.), where he won the national championship in 2012 and 2017.

Northern Colorado

Former coach: Carl Iwasaki
New coach: Mike Anderson

What to know: Iwasaki on May 22 resigned as Northern Colorado coach after 12 seasons as head coach of his alma mater. He went 218-375 and in 2013 won the Great West Conference. Anderson now takes over the reins at his alma mater. He spent most of his coaching career at Nebraska, first as an assistant and then for nine seasons as head coach from 2003-11. He went 337-196-2 and led the Cornhuskers to the 2005 College World Series.  


Former coach: Spencer Allen
New coach: Jim Foster

What to know: Allen announced at the end of the 2021 season that he was resigning after six years as head coach at Northwestern, saying that “it is time now to give that focus and energy to my kids, wife, extended family and friends.” Allen was the first Black head baseball coach in Big Ten history and under his direction the Wildcats made strong strides. Josh Reynolds, who was Allen’s associate head coach, served as interim head coach for the 2022 season, but Northwestern held an open search following the season. The Wildcats hired Foster, who comes to Evanston after six years at Army. He led the Black Knights to regionals in each of the last four seasons. He previously served as pitching coach at Boston College, helping the Eagles reach super regionals in 2016, and was head coach at Rhode Island for nine years. In all, his record as a head coach is 430-370-3.

Notre Dame

Former coach: Link Jarrett
New coach: Shawn Stiffler

What to know: Jarrett spent three seasons at Notre Dame before he was hired away by Florida State, his alma mater. He reinvigorated the program, leading the Fighting Irish to the 2022 College World Series and the 2021 ACC title. It was a sensational run for a program that had made regionals just once in the 13 years between Paul Mainieri’s departure and Jarrett’s arrival. Now, Notre Dame will look to Stiffler to continue that momentum. Stiffler spent the last 10 years as head coach at Virginia Commonwealth and was an assistant coach at the program for five years prior. As head coach, he went 340-198, led the Rams to the NCAA Tournament three times (including the last two seasons) and in 2015 to their first-ever super regional appearance. His profile is very similar to Jarrett’s when he was hired at Notre Dame following the 2019 season.

Ohio State

Former coach: Greg Beals
New coach: Bill Mosiello

What to know: Ohio State fired Beals after 12 years as head coach. He led the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament three times, most recently in 2019, and twice won the Big Ten Tournament. He went 346-288-1 with the Buckeyes, including a 17-9 mark against archrival Michigan. But the Buckeyes had struggled in recent years. They went 21-30 this season and finished 11th in the Big Ten, following a 22-20 campaign in 2021 that fell short of some lofty expectations. Mosiello comes to Columbus after a long, distinguished career in baseball. He spent the last nine seasons with TCU and has experience in the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. He also managed in the minor leagues, a stretch that included a season of coaching Mike Trout in Double-A.


Former coach: Karl Kuhn
New coach: Alex Guerra

What to know: Kuhn resigned following the season, his third as head coach, to move into private business. Kuhn, who came to Radford after 16 years as pitching coach at Virginia, went 47-64 with the Highlanders. Radford hired Guerra away from James Madison, where he spent the last seven seasons as recruiting coordinator. He previously served as an assistant coach at Radford under former head coach Joe Raccuia.

Sacred Heart 

Former coach: Nick Restaino
New coach: Pat Egan

What to know: Restaino stepped down as head coach after five seasons at Sacred Heart. The Pioneers went 77-142-1 during his tenure. Egan comes to Sacred Heart after eight years as pitching coach at Quinnipiac, his alma mater. 

St. Bonaventure

Former coach: Larry Sudbrook
New coach: Jason Rathbun

What to know: Sudbrook on Oct. 4 announced he would retire, effective Dec. 31, after 36 seasons as head coach of the Bonnies. Sudbrook won 725 games in his career, making him the winningest baseball coach in Atlantic 10 Conference history. He in 2004 led St. Bonaventure to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. After a season under interim head coach B.J. Salerno, St. Bonaventure on Aug. 2 hired Rathbun, who is coming off a Division III junior college national championship with Herkimer (N.Y.) JC. He spent 17 years at Herkimer, about four hours northeast of St. Bonaventure, and made the Division III NJCAA World Series eight times.

St. Peter’s

Former coach: Lou Proietti
New coach: Grant Neary

What to know: Proietti stepped down after three seasons at St. Peter’s. The Peacocks this season went 9-41, marking their most wins in a season since 2016. Neary was promoted to take over the program after spending the last year as an assistant coach at St. Peter’s. He for two seasons was head coach at McDaniel (Md.), a Division III school.

San Francisco 

Former coach: Nino Giarratano 
New coach: Rob DiToma

What to know: USF fired Giarratano on March 13, two days after three former players filed a class-action lawsuit against the school, Giarratano, former assistant coach Troy Nakamura and the NCAA, alleging misconduct in the program. Giarratano was fired in January following a university investigation that also formally reprimanded Giarratano, but the lawsuit brought new allegations and the university learned that Nakamura had been allowed on the field prior to a recent home game. DiToma was hired away from Fairleigh Dickinson after three seasons as head coach. DiToma previously spent six seasons at Fordham, helping the Rams to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, their first regionals appearance since 1998.

Southern California

Former coach: Jason Gill
New coach: Andy Stankiewicz

What to know: Multiple sources told Baseball America that Gill would not return after three seasons as head coach at USC. He went 60-59 in three seasons and the Trojans finished under .500 in each of his full seasons at the program’s helm. This year, they finished last in the Pac-12. USC is a blueblood and has won more national titles (12) than any other team in college baseball. but it’s also only made the NCAA Tournament twice since 2002 and hasn’t had a winning record in a full season since 2015. Now, it will be up to Stankiewicz to awaken the sleeping giant. He comes to USC from Grand Canyon, where he spent 11 seasons as coach and guided the Antelopes through their transition to Division I. He led them to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, including this year as an at-large team. Beyond his time at GCU, he’s also been an assistant coach in the Pac-12 (Arizona State), a minor league manager, a field coordinator in pro ball and a big leaguer.


Former coach: Darin Thomas
New coach: Clay Van Hook

What to know: Thomas resigned following the season, his 15th as head coach of the Mavericks. He led UTA to the Southland Tournament title in 2012, his lone regionals appearance. The following year, UTA finished won the regular-season title in the Western Athletic Conference. That was the school’s lone year in the WAC, as it moved to the Sun Belt the following year. Now, UTA is back in the WAC with Van Hook at the helm. He spent the last five years at Oklahoma, helping the Sooners to a runner-up finish at the College World Series. He previously was an assistant coach at Rice and McNeese State and played at Texas.


Former coach: Travis Jewett
New coach: Jay Uhlman

What to know: Tulane on May 16 announced Jewett was out as head coach after six years. Jewett was hired following the Green Wave’s 2016 American Athletic Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance under David Pierce, who was hired away by Texas. Tulane wasn’t able to get back to regionals under Jewett, despite a strong track record of player development, including 2019 first rounder Kody Hoese. After a three-week search, Tulane hired Uhlman, who spent three years on staff under Jewett and was serving as interim head coach. Uhlman was well-respected as an assistant and previously coached at Oregon, Kansas and Nevada. He takes over the program as it enters a new era of the American Athletic Conference and will be looking to capitalize on his previous successes on the recruiting trail since arriving at Tulane.

Virginia Commonwealth

Former coach: Shawn Stiffler
New coach: Bradley LeCroy

What to know: Stiffler left VCU to take over at Notre Dame, leaving after 10 years as head coach and 15 years with the program. He took the Rams to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments and in 2015 guided them to their first-ever super regional. VCU has become the powerhouse of the Atlantic 10 Conference, consistently winning 35 games a season under Stiffler. LeCroy comes to VCU after 12 years as the recruiting coordinator at Clemson, his alma mater. He also has been an assistant coach at Tennessee and Western Carolina and has a strong track record as a recruiter. Now, he will get his first chance to lead a program and takes over the Rams with them at the top of the Atlantic 10 Conference.  

Virginia Military Institute

Former coach: Jonathan Hadra
New coach: Sam Roberts

What to know: Hadra left VMI after eight years to become an assistant coach at Old Dominion, rejoining Chris Finwood, who he previously worked under at Western Kentucky. Hadra led the Keydets to a 147-249 record and is the second-winningest coach in program history. Roberts was promoted to head coach after spending the last six seasons on staff under Hadra. Roberts is VMI’s all-time hits leader and spent five seasons in professional baseball before beginning his coaching career at his alma mater.


Former coach: Lindsay Meggs (retired)
New coach: Jason Kelly

What to know: Meggs announced his retirement on June 6 after 13 seasons at the program’s helm. He led the Huskies to the 2018 College World Series, their first ever trip to Omaha, and three times reached the NCAA Tournament. Meggs was a head coach for 29 years, beginning with 13 seasons at Chico State (Calif.), where he twice won the Division II national championship. Washington has not made the NCAA Tournament since its CWS trip and this year went 30-26 and finished sixth in the Pac-12 standings. Kelly was hired to replace Meggs and returns to Seattle, where he spent seven years as pitching coach before moving on to Arizona State and then Louisiana State. The Huskies’ three NCAA Tournament appearances all came with Kelly on staff and he’s regarded as one of the best pitching coaches in the country.

Western Carolina

Former coach: Bobby Moranda (retired)
New coach: Alan Beck

What to know: Moranda announced his retirement following the season, his 15th coaching Western Carolina. He led the Catamounts to the 2016 NCAA Tournament and twice won the Southern Conference title. Moranda’s 406 career wins make him the winningest coach in program history. Beck was on June 10 announced as WCU’s next head coach. He returns to his alma mater after seven seasons on staff at Georgia Southern, where he served as associate head coach. He previously served as an assistant coach for Moranda at WCU.

Western Illinois

Former coach: Andy Pascoe
New coach: Tayler Sheriff (interim)

What to know: Pascoe is out after three seasons at WIU. The Leathernecks went 19-86, including an 8-44 mark in 2022. Sheriff, who joined the team as pitching coach a year ago, will lead WIU as the interim head coach in 2023. He came to WIU after three seasons at Division III Spalding (Ky.).

Western Kentucky

Former coach: John Pawlowski
New coach: Marc Rardin

What to know: Western Kentucky announced on May 18 that Pawlowski would step down at the end of the season. He spent seven years as the head coach of the Hilltoppers and this year was 18-33 going into the final weekend of the regular season. WKU has not made regionals since 2009. Now, WKU will turn to Rardin, who spent the last 20 years at Iowa Western JC. He built the Reivers into a power, won three national championships and made the Junior College World Series 12 times.

Wichita State

Former coach: Eric Wedge
New coach: Loren Hibbs (interim) 

What to know: Wedge starred at Wichita State before moving on to professional baseball and eventually becoming a big league manager had led his alma mater since 2019. He stepped away from the program in October, citing health reasons, and in December the university announced he would not return to his post as head coach. Hibbs, who also played at Wichita State, takes over the program as the interim head coach for 2023. He spent 27 years as the head coach at Charlotte before returning to his alma mater in 2019 as assistant athletic director for baseball operations and player development. 


Former coach: John Stuper (retired)
New coach: Brian Hamm

What to know: Stuper on Jan. 18 announced he will retire after the 2022 season after 30 years as head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history with 553 wins and twice led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament, most recently in 2017. Hamm was hired away from Eastern Connecticut State, which he led to the 2022 Division III national championship. He was head coach at Eastern Connecticut State for four years, following 13 years at Amherst (Mass.), including nine as head coach.

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