Sawyers Returns to K-State Coaching Staff
Sawyers Returns to K-State Coaching Staff
July 18, 2014
Sawyers replaces Mike Clement, who after two seasons as the Wildcats' hitting coach accepted an assistant coaching position last week with 2014 College World Series participant Ole Miss.
"We are extremely excited to bring Coach Sawyers and his wife, Dena, and their son, A.J., back to the Wildcat family," said Hill. "When Mike Clement accepted the assistant coaching position at Ole Miss, there was one name that immediately came to mind to fill our position: Andy Sawyers. He was directly involved in our four NCAA postseason appearances, from his offensive leadership during his coaching tenure to the recruitment of key players who led us to a Big 12 Conference championship three years after his departure to Texas A&M. He is a great offensive coach, passionate teacher for student-athletes, and leader of young men. We look forward to the aggressive offensive philosophy that he will instill, an approach that led the Big 12 in numerous offensive categories during his previous time at K-State."
Sawyers, who was an assistant on Hill's staff in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and helped the Wildcats reach their first two NCAA Regionals in program history, returns to K-State after spending the last four seasons as associate head coach at Texas A&M. Since 2011, he coordinated the Aggies offense and worked with the catchers defensively, helping the team reach the NCAA postseason in each of the four seasons. In his first season at Texas A&M, Sawyers helped direct the Aggies to a Big 12 championship and an appearance in the College World Series.
"Kansas State is a place that has very special memories for me, including being a part of the school's first ever trip to the NCAA postseason in 2009," said Sawyers. "I'm very close to Coach Hill, and to get a chance to work with him once again is special. Manhattan is a place where my son was born, and although I am a California native, it is as close to home as I am ever going to have in the coaching profession. My wife and I are very excited to be coming home."
Previously with the Wildcats, Sawyers oversaw an aggressive K-State offense that led the Big 12 in batting average and stolen bases in both seasons. In 2009, K-State hit .317 and stole a program-record 149 bases, and in 2010, the Wildcats batted .323 with 120 steals, the fourth-most stolen bases in a single season. Also in 2010, K-State led the conference in OBP and was second in runs.
Sawyers worked with eight K-State hitters who received All-Big 12 honors, including 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year Nick Martini and future MLB Draft picks Justin Bloxom, Drew Biery, Carter Jurica, Adam Muenster, and Jason King. Martini is one of six players Sawyers has worked with since the 2000 season that have combined to win seven of the conference's player of the year awards.
In his coaching career, Sawyers has helped lead his teams to 12 NCAA Regional appearances, four Super Regional berths, and two trips to the College World Series. His teams have also won the Big 12 regular season or championship tournament titles in five seasons.
A veteran coach of 16 years at the collegiate level, Sawyers has coached within the Big 12 for 11 of those seasons. The former Nebraska catcher began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Northwestern State (La.) in 1999 before serving as an assistant coach with the Huskers (2000, 2003-07), head coach at Hutchinson Community College (2001-02), and assistant at Texas A&M (2008, 2011-14).
At Nebraska, Sawyers helped the Huskers reach the NCAA Tournament five times, including an appearance in the 2005 College World Series. He worked with the team's hitters, helping 13 players get selected in the MLB Draft, as well as served as the program's academic coordinator and assisted with recruiting.
As the head coach at Hutchinson Community College, Sawyers compiled an 87-30 record and made two trips to the postseason. In 2002, he led the Dragons to a school-record 47 wins and a national ranking as high as seventh.
A native of Willits, California, Sawyers received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Nebraska. He also played collegiately at Point Loma (Calif.) Nazarene College and Mendocino (Calif.) Junior College.