Kincaid Hired as Pitching Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Tyler Kincaid, a rising star in the coaching profession with 14 years of experience at the collegiate level, has been hired as the new pitching coach for the K-State baseball program, head coach Brad Hill announced.

Kincaid was appointed after Sean McCann, who rejoined the program in July for his second stint with the Wildcats, resigned due to health reasons.

Kincaid comes to Manhattan with an impressive resume established in California. For the last six seasons, the California native was the pitching coach at the University of San Diego, helping the program win two West Coast Conference (WCC) regular season titles, capture one WCC Tournament championship and make three NCAA Regional appearances. 

“First, I thank Sean for his efforts this summer. He is a good friend and an important member of our Wildcat Family. We wish him well and will continue to support him as he gets back to health,” said Hill.

“I believe we were able to find an outstanding coach in Tyler who we believe will be a great fit for K-State baseball,” Hill added. “Throughout our research and interview process, Tyler was one of the names that kept popping up. Our initial phone call was impressive, and I made sure we were persistent in recruiting him to Manhattan.

“His credentials are great, and his pitching plan is one of the best I have seen in my 27 years of coaching. It’s very detailed, thorough, and well-researched, and it has proven to keep pitchers prepared for the course of a long season. Durability, strength and proper arm care are focal points, and I know our current student-athletes, and potential student-athletes, will be impressed and benefit from this approach throughout their development here at K-State. I’m ecstatic about Tyler, his wife Jennifer, and their two kids, Grant and Audrey, coming to Manhattan and being a part of our program and the K-State baseball family.”  

Kincaid has gained a reputation as a strong recruiter and fine developer of pitchers. At USD, he helped 21 pitchers get selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, including 12 that were undrafted out of high school and/or junior college and seven taken in the top-10 rounds. Over the last four years, at least three pitchers from the San Diego pitching staff were drafted, with eight total over the last two seasons and six undrafted out of high school.

“To coach Brad Hill and the staff, I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity they have presented to my family and me,” said Kincaid. “My wife and I were so impressed with the coaching staff, the facilities, the community, the campus, the programs, and most importantly the people of K-State. We cannot wait to take our family there – it is an exciting time in Manhattan. I look forward to working to add to the success of the program that the gentlemen before me have established.

"I would also like to take the opportunity to thank San Diego head coach Rich Hill for hiring me six years ago,” added Kincaid. “He took a risk in hiring me out of Palomar Junior College, and that is something that I will always appreciate. He gave me my shot and allowed me the opportunity to work with some of the finest pitchers in the West Coast.”

In 2015, Kincaid and the Toreros won their sixth WCC regular season championship in program history behind a pitching staff that posted a 3.29 ERA in conference play. Kincaid helped groom David Hill into the WCC Pitcher of the Year and an All-American as the right-hander finished 14th in the country in strikeouts. As a team, the Toreros were 27th in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings.

Hill was one of two WCC Pitcher of the Year award winners and four All-Americans Kincaid helped develop at San Diego. In 2010, Kyle Blair became the first Torero hurler under Kincaid’s watch to earn the top pitching honor in the conference. Michael Wagner (2013) and two-way player Louie Lechich (2014) join Blair and Hill as the quartet of All-Americans.

Also, Kincaid’s San Diego pitching staffs earned 15 All-WCC honors and two Freshman All-WCC selections in six seasons. While the entire weekend rotation – Blair, A.J. Griffin and Sammy Solis – picked up first team honors in 2010, a pair of twirlers, Hill and P.J. Conlon, were all-conference first team selections a year ago.

The 2010 San Diego pitching staff was stellar, providing Kincaid a group to remember in his first season on Alcala Park. Solis, currently pitching for the Washington Nationals, and Blair were drafted in the second and fourth rounds, respectively, after helping the Toreros finish 38th in the country in team ERA. Fellow weekend stalwart, Griffin, went on to be drafted in the 13th round and has pitched in the Majors for the Oakland A’s.

The 2012 season saw Kincaid return the Toreros to the top-50 in the country in team ERA as San Diego, led by All-WCC performers Paul Sewald, James Pazos and Michael Wagner, was 41st in the country with a 3.35 mark. That year, the Toreros advanced to the first of back-to-back NCAA Regionals.

In 2013, San Diego advanced to the Los Angeles Regional Championship before losing to eventual national champion, UCLA. Despite falling narrowly short of the program’s first NCAA Super Regional, Kincaid helped Conlon earn freshman All-America status and All-WCC First Team accolades. In addition, four pitchers were selected in the MLB Draft.

The 2014 Torero pitching staff posted its second-lowest team ERA (3.41) in Kincaid’s tenure, helping lead the team to 36 wins. Of the four San Diego hurlers selected in that season’s MLB Draft, none were drafted out of high school.

Also assisting in the Toreros’ recruiting efforts, Kincaid helped bring in two top-five recruiting classes in the nation, including the second-ranked crop of incoming players in 2011. The 2014 recruiting class, meanwhile, was slotted as the fourth-best by Collegiate Baseball.

Prior to San Diego, Kincaid was the pitching coach at Palomar College, a junior college located in the North County region of San Diego County, from 2005-09. With the Comets, Kincaid oversaw a pitching staff that ranked first in its conference in ERA three times, including in 2009 when Palomar set a school record for wins, won the second conference championship in Kincaid’s tenure and led the entire state of California with a team ERA of 2.60.

Over the five seasons at Palomar, Kincaid helped many pitchers move on to four-year schools, including 12 to Division I programs. Three pitchers – Clint Preisendorfer (2005), Joseph Cates (2006) and Bobby Shore (2009) – were selected in the MLB Draft out of Palomar.

Kincaid also spent four seasons as the pitching coach at San Francisco State from 2002-05. The most outstanding year for Kincaid and the Gator pitching staff was in 2004 when they posted their first 30-win season since 1995, lowest team ERA since 1991 (4.99) and first back-to-back winning campaigns since 1990-91.

Kincaid holds a bachelor’s (Kinesiology) and master’s (Secondary Education) degree from San Francisco State. In addition to his time at three different colleges, he coached for five seasons with the Chatham A’s of the Cape Cod Baseball League, working with pitcher of the year award winners Andrew Miller (2005) and Tommy Milone (2007).

K-State is set to return seven pitchers from last year’s staff that recorded the fifth-lowest team ERA (4.27) in program history during the aluminum bat era (since 1977). Overall, the Wildcats are slated to feature 17 returning letterwinners from a team that reached the Big 12 Championship for the eighth time in the last nine years.

Kincaid’s Coaching Experience (16 Years)
St. Ignatius College Prep - 2001-2002
2002-05: San Francisco State
2005-09: Palomar College
2005-09: Chatham A’s (Cape Cod Baseball League)
2010-2015: San Diego