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2022 College Baseball Coaching Changes Tracker



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.

Austin Peay State

Former coach: Travis Janssen
New coach: Trevor Fitts (interim)

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. Pitching coach Trevor Fitts was appointed interim head coach for the rest of the season. APSU is in an interesting spot as it enters its coaching search, as the Governors will move from the Ohio Valley Conference to the ASUN Conference next season.

Brigham Young

Former coach: Mike Littlewood
New coach: Trent Pratt (interim)

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 takes over a team that is 17-12 overall and 6-6 in West Coast Conference play, three games out of first place. The timing of the change means BYU will be looking for a new coach a year before it exits the WCC for the Big 12, adding intrigue to the position.

Butler

Former coach: Dave Schrage (retired) 
New coach: TBD

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.

Cal State Northridge

Former coach: Dave Serrano (retiring)
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.

Delaware

Former coach: Jim Sherman (retiring)
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.

Florida International

Former coach: Mervyl Melendez
New coach: TBD

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 next coach will be tasked with getting them back into contention in Conference USA and beyond.

Grambling State

Former coach: James Cooper
New coach: Davin Pierre (interim)

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 now takes over as interim head coach. He is also a Grambling alumnus.

Kansas

Former coach: Ritch Price
New coach: TBD

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. Kansas isn't an easy job, but as the Big 12 prepares to move into a new era as Oklahoma and Texas prepare to leave for the SEC, the Jayhawks may be able to find new footing. 

Memphis

Former coach: Daron Schoenrock (retiring)
New coach: TBD

What to know: Schoenrock announced Jan. 18 that he would retire following the season, which will be his 18th at Memphis. He has won 437 games over the last 17 seasons and led the Tigers 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.

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North Alabama

Former coach: Mike Keehn (retiring)
New coach: TBD

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.

Northern Colorado

Former coach: Carl Iwasaki
New coach: TBD

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.

Northwestern

Former coach: Spencer Allen
New coach: Josh Reynolds (interim)

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. Now, Reynolds, who was Allen's associate head coach, will look to continue their work.

Ohio State

Former coach: Greg Beals
New coach: TBD

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.

St. Bonaventure

Former coach: Larry Sudbrook
New coach: B.J. Salerno (interim)

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. Salerno, who was a standout catcher for the Bonnies and was an assistant coach under Sudbrook for eight seasons, will in 2022 serve as interim head coach.

San Francisco 

Former coach: Nino Giarratano 
New coach: Mat Keplinger (interim)

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. Pitching coach Mat Keplinger was named interim head coach for the Dons.

Texas-Arlington

Former coach: Darin Thomas
New coach: TBD

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 looking for a new head coach as it prepares to rejoin the WAC this summer.

Tulane

Former coach: Travis Jewett
New coach: TBD

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. Now, Tulane is back in the market for a head coach at a time when the AAC is undergoing a significant change due to conference realignment.

Western Kentucky

Former coach: John Pawlowski
New coach: TBD

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.

Yale

Former coach: John Stuper (retiring)
New coach: TBD

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 533 wins and twice led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament, most recently in 2017.

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