Head Coach Brad Hill
- Led K-State to a school record 43 wins in 2009 and the program's first ever NCAA Regional
- Coached relief pitcher Daniel Edwards to third-team All-American honors, the school's first All-American since 1999
- Led K-State to its first Big 12 Championship Title Game in 2008
- Tutored RHP A.J. Morris to consensus All-American honors in 2009 and OF Nick Martini to second team honors in 2010
- Five Freshman All-Americans (Ben Hornbeck, 2006; Thomas Rooke, 2008; James Allen, 2009; Nick Martini, 2009; Jared King, 2011)
- 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year
- 2009 American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year
- 2003 NCAA Division II National Championship
- Winningest Head Coach in Central Missouri State history (418)
- 2003 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year
- Seven-time Central Region Coach of the Year (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)Seven-time Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Coach of the Year (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
- Inducted into the Central Missouri State Hall of Fame in 2009
K-State Under Brad Hill
- 945 - Current Four-Year APR Average
- 293 - Wins at K-State
- 143 - Wins over the last four years, a school record
- 47 - Academic All-Big 12 Selections
- 47 - Times setting individual records
- 43 - Wins in 2009, a School Record
- 41 - Times setting team records
- 37 - Wins in 2010, the Second Most in School history
- 36 - Wins in 2011, a Third Most in School History
- 33 - All-Big 12 Selections
- 33 - MLB Draft Picks
- 14 - Conference Victories in 2009 and 2010, a School Record
- 8 - Top-10 Round Draft Picks
- 6 - Academic All-District Honors
- 5 - Freshman All-Americans
- 3 - NCAA Regional Appearances
- 3 - Academic All-American Selections
- 3 - 2010 Big 12 Finish, a Program Best
- 2 - Conference Player of the Year Honors
- 2 - Coach of the Year Honors (2009 Big 12 and ABCA Midwest Region)
- 1 - Consensus First Team All-American
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Coach Brad Hill, 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year, with AJ Morris, 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year.
Hard work and determination have fueled Kansas State baseball since Brad Hill was introduced as the 20th head coach in program history during the summer of 2003. And, in just nine short years, Hill has taken a program that was coming off six-straight seasons of bottom-half Big 12 finishes and turned it into a national power, guiding the Wildcats to the school's first three NCAA Regional appearances.
During his time as the K-State skipper, Hill has guided the Wildcats from the depths of the league to the program's best record in school history and the first NCAA Regional appearance in 2009 before making return appearances in 2010 and 2011. The postseason success is a continuation of a stellar career in which Hill has amassed a career winning percentage of .692 (711-315-3) at four-year institutions, which ranks seventh nationally among active coaches.
Additionally, under Hill's tutelage, Kansas State was one of only two "northern" schools (Oregon State) to earn three-straight at-large bids to a NCAA Regional from 2009-11.
Hill has also had a keen eye on evaluating talent and then developing those players as his squads have produced 54 draft selections since 2005, including 35 in the past five years alone. K-State has seen an increase each year of players taken in the MLB Draft, capped by a school record four top-10 round draft picks in 2011 when Evan Marshall (4th; Arizona), Jason King (4th; Detroit), James Allen (7th; Cincinnati) and Nick Martini (7th; St. Louis) were all drafted in the top 10 rounds.
K-State baseball players have also gained numerous national accolades under Hill's guidance. In the first 106 years of the program, the Wildcats accumulated 14 All-American designations, while K-State has produced 15 All-America honors in the last six seasons alone, including first team honors by A.J. Morris (2009) and James Allen (2011).
Not only has Kansas State baseball excelled on the field, but Hill has put an emphasis on his players' performance in the classroom. Under Hill, the Cats have had 47 Academic All-Big 12 selections as well as six Academic All-District honors and two Academic All-Americans (Brett Scott in 2007 and 2008; Jason King in 2011). In addition, K-State's Academic Progress Rate (APR) has steadily improved, now reflecting an outstanding four-year average of 945.
For a second-straight season, Hill got the most out of his team when it counted the most as he led the Wildcats to the postseason for the sixth-straight season in 2012. K-State won its way to the Big 12 Championship as it took two-of-three from Kansas in the home finale before winning the first two games in the regular-season series finale at Texas Tech - just the third series win in Lubbock in school history. Additionally, Hill tutored at least three players to All-Big 12 honors for a third-consecutive season, while K-State placed second on the Academic All-Big 12 squad, which tied the school record.
Although K-State reached another NCAA Regional in 2011, the beginning of the season did not go as planned for Hill and K-State as they were on the outside looking in when it came to qualifying for even the conference championship. After sitting at 20-15 overall and 5-10 in conference play, the Wildcats needed a strong finish just to make the conference tournament. That is exactly what happened as Hill tutored the Wildcats to a 16-8 finish in their final 22 games, including a 7-4 mark against league foes to place sixth in the Big 12 and qualify for their fifth-straight conference championship.
Hill's coaching and motivation didn't stop there as, at the Big 12 Championship, K-State defeated No. 12 Oklahoma twice to compile 36 wins and earn the program's third-straight NCAA tournament berth.
While many preseason prognosticators doubted the 2010 Wildcats, Hill raised the bar of success at K-State. The Cats continued their trend of improvement in 2010 as he guided his team to a third-place finish in the Big 12 standings - their highest since the league's inception in 1997, after K-State was predicted to finish as low as ninth in some Big 12 preseason polls.
K-State also registered the second most wins in school history with 37, second to the 2009 season total of 43, thanks in part to six players that earned All-Big 12 honors under Hill, including the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year Nick Martini. Hill also tutored Martini to second team All-American honors.
The 2009 season proved to be the most storied of its time. Predicted to finish ninth in the Big 12 Baseball Preseason Poll, Hill guided K-State to a school-record 43-win season - including a program-best 14 conference victories to finish fourth in the Big 12 regular season standings, the school's best finish since placing second in the Big Eight in 1990. The Cats earned their first Top 10 ranking during the season and finished the 2009 campaign in the national polls for the first time in school history when Baseball America ranked K-State No. 19 in its final poll.
Hill, who garnered 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors, directed K-State to its first ever NCAA Regional appearance when the Cats earned an at-large berth as the No. 2 seed in the Houston (Rice) Regional. The Cats didn't stop there as they tallied a pair of victories in the regional, including one against No. 1 seed and home team Rice, to advance to the regional final.
Along the way, the 2009 Wildcats set numerous school marks, including season wins (43), Big 12 victories (14), Big 12 finish (fourth), hits (675), stolen bases (149) and strikeouts (453).
Hill also tutored Consensus All-American and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year A.J. Morris, two freshman All-Americans in James Allen and Nick Martini, and a total of seven All-Big 12 performers. Four Wildcats also earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors last season, while Jason King and Thomas Rooke were named Academic All-District.
Following the conclusion of the 2009 season, five Wildcats were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, improving Hill's total to 18 since he took over the program in 2004.
In just his first year, Hill jumped out of the gate and led the Wildcats to a 19-6 record in his first 25 games, including wins over perennial national powers Ohio State and Alabama and 2003 College World Series participant Missouri State. K-State also garnered its first-ever national ranking at No. 30 during that span, which included an 11-game winning streak.
Then, in 2005, the Wildcats took the next step as they won 30 games in a season for just the 10th time ever, doubled their conference wins from the previous season, swept a season series from in-state rival Wichita State for the first time in 50 years and knocked off a No. 1-ranked team for the first time in school history, eventual national champion Texas.
In 2006, the Wildcats won a school-record 16 straight games and also ended the season on a five-game winning streak, wrapping up the season with a sweep of No. 22 Baylor at Tointon Stadium. Statistically, K-State finished the season in the top half of the league in both hitting (.314) and ERA (3.94). The 3.94 team ERA was the lowest since the 1975 season and the best since the addition of aluminum bats in college baseball.
The 2007 campaign saw K-State finish with a 34-24 overall record, one win shy of tying the single-season mark, while the Wildcats advanced to postseason play for the first time since 2002. The Cats won 30 games for the third-straight season and also collected 10 wins in league play, the most since winning 13 in 2002. He also guided current Wildcat closer Daniel Edwards to third-team all-American honors, just the ninth Wildcat to earn All-American honors of any kind and the first since Kasey Weisaar in 1999.
The 2008 Wildcats, fielding a roster of 16 juniors and seniors, entered the season looking to become the first team in school history to reach the NCAA Tournament. K-State dropped early season contests, but started to catch a groove the second half of the season as they won two-of-three against No. 22 Oklahoma State, topped No. 11 UC-Irvine in a dramatic 11-inning affair, defeated No. 25 Texas, won at No. 8 Wichita State, and edged one of the top teams in 2008, No. 3 Arizona State, in its final non-conference game of the season.
In conference play, the Wildcats finished the 2008 season with 11 wins to tie for sixth, the most wins and the best finish at that point since 2002. Down the stretch, K-State won four of its final six conference games, including a sweep of in-state rival Kansas. The end of the season is all K-State needed for a boost in the conference tournament. Under the tutelage of Hill, the Cats defeated No. 6 Oklahoma State and Baylor to advance to the school's first Big 12 Title Game. Although K-State was defeated by No. 24 Texas, everyone involved with the program can see just how far the Wildcat baseball program had come in such a short time.
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Mike Clement, Hitting Coach
Mike Clement was named Kansas State's hitting coach in July 2012, brining seven years of coaching experience at two Division I baseball programs and strong recruiting ties in the state of Texas.
Clement, who will also tutor the team's catchers, was on the staff at Texas A&M the past three seasons after spending the four seasons prior at UTSA, including the final three as the team's hitting coach. He has three postseason appearances on his resume, including a trip to the 2011 College World Series.
Texas A&M advanced to postseason play each year Clement was a part of the coaching staff. He helped guide the Aggies to both the Big 12 conference regular-season and postseason championship titles in 2011 on their way to a College World Series appearance. In 2010, Texas A&M won the Big 12 Championship and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Coral Gables Regional. Last season, the Aggies hosted an NCAA regional round.
Clement helped direct an Aggie offense in 2012 that led the Big 12 and ranked fourth nationally with 129 steals. Also, Clement coached the Texas A&M infielders that saw its 2011 squad decrease its errors by 23 from the previous year and finish in the top 25 nationally with a .975 fielding percentage.
During his time at UTSA from 2006-09, Clement helped the Roadrunners accumulate a 144-81 overall record - including an impressive 84-40 mark in Southland Conference play - win two Southland Conference regular-season titles, tutor 16 hitters that earned All-Southland Conference honors and set 30 offensive school records. Additionally, UTSA saw its team batting average jump 32 points from .285 the year before he took over the offense to .317 during his final season, a mark that still stands as the school record.
In his final year as the hitting coach in San Antonio, Clement steered an offense that rewrote the record books as he helped the Roadrunners win a school-record 39 games. Along the way, UTSA set new highs in five offensive categories, including home runs, hits and batting average. UTSA finished in the top 25 nationally in triples (11th; 25), slugging percentage (20th; .532) and home runs (21st; 89), while the 2009 squad also stole 79 bases to rank third in school history, the most since a school-record 92 in 1999.
Clement tutored just the second All-American in UTSA history in Michael Rockett. The outfielder, who was a four-time All-Southland Conference performer, was drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by Detroit.
Prior to his stint at UTSA, Clement served as an assistant for one year at Kirkwood Junior College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and then spent one year at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He was also an assistant coach for the Orleans Cardinals in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League in the summers of 2005 and 2006, including a Cape Cod Championship in 2005.
A former college catcher, Clement played two seasons at Kirkwood, helping the Eagles compile a 91-25 record. He finished his college career at Morningside, where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education/secondary education in 2002. Following college, the Marshalltown, Iowa, native played professionally one season for the Canton Coyotes of the Frontier League.
Clement comes from a baseball background as his father, Brad, was a legendary head coach at Marshalltown (Iowa) High School, helping the Bobcats win three state championships before being inducted into the Iowa High School Hall of Fame. Clement's younger brother, Jeff, was drafted in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the Seattle Mariners. The eight-year veteran has spent time in the majors with Seattle and Pittsburgh, while he is currently playing for the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple A affiliate of the Pirates.
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Josh Reynolds, Pitching Coach
An experienced pitching coach and tireless recruiter, Josh Reynolds enters his third season guiding the Kansas State pitching staff and his sixth overall with the Wildcat baseball program. Following a successful two-year stint at Evansville, Reynolds was hired in January 2011 and hit the ground running.
A volunteer assistant coach at K-State during the 2005 and 2006 seasons and a graduate manager in 2008, Reynolds' pitching staff had one of the best seasons in school history in 2011 as K-State ended the year with a 4.26 team ERA, which was the third-lowest in school history since the introduction of the aluminum bat in 1977. Additionally, the Wildcats tallied 449 strikeouts - just four shy of the school record - and surrendered the second fewest hits per nine innings (9.3) and second lowest opponent batting average (.269) since 1977.
Under Reynolds' tutelage, relief pitchers James Allen (first team) and Evan Marshall (second team) earned All-Big 12 honors. Allen was also named a First Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and earned second team honors from Collegiate Baseball. Both Marshall and Allen were taken in the top 10 rounds of the 2011 MLB Draft as Marshall was drafted in the fourth round by Arizona and Allen was taken in the seventh round by Cincinnati. Additionally, starting pitcher Kyle Hunter was selected in the 31st round by Seattle.
Due in part to Reynolds' guidance, Allen, Marshall and Hunter are listed prominently in the K-State record book. Allen broke the K-State single-season (17) and career (31) marks in saves, while he is sixth in school history in career ERA (2.92) among pitchers with a minimum of two years and 100 innings pitched. The closer also ranks second in career relief appearances with 81 and third in single-season relief appearances with 29.
Marshall finished second in school history with 30 relief appearances in 2011, and remained consistent under the direction of Reynolds as he finished third in K-State history with an ERA of 1.62 in 2011. Hunter, who finished ninth in school history with 167 career strikeouts, was eighth in career wins with 15, including five in 2011.
Following a success first season as the team's pitching coach in 2011, Reynolds followed that up by seeing his 2012 pitching staff rank in the top 10 of four school categories. K-State totaled 423 strikeouts to rank fourth, while the Wildcats were 10th in ERA (5.47), fewest walks per nine innings (3.7) and fewest hits per nine innings (10.1).
Reynolds guided Kayvon Bahramzadeh, who was the team's top starting pitcher, to draft status as he was taken in the 24th round by the Oakland Athletics. Prior to being drafted, Bahramzadeh placed in the top 10 in school history in three career categories as he was fourth games started (36), sixth in strikeouts (185) and 10th in appearances (60).
Aside from tutoring the team's top starter to draft status, Reynolds was also outstanding in building for the future as freshman Nate Williams tallied six saves to rank ninth in school history and set the freshman record, besting an eventual All-American in Allen.
Reynolds spent the 2007 as the pitching coach at Northeast Texas Community College. Following the 2008 season as the graduate manager in Manhattan, Reynolds was hired as the pitching coach at Evansville.
Reynolds made a significant impact on the UE program, producing four All-Missouri Valley Conference pitchers during his stint, the second-highest total among league schools over the two-year period. Relief pitchers Tom Heithoff (2009, 2010), Corey Davisson (2010) and J.R. Carbonell (2009) earned All-MVC pitching honors for UE, while Davisson tied Evansville's single-season records for both appearances (33) and winning percentage (9-1, .900) in 2010 under Reynolds' tutelage. Heithoff also emerged as one of the top closers in school history under Reynolds as he totaled 18 saves in his two years to rank second all-time in Evansville history.
The Purple Aces staff also dropped its team ERA by over a full point during Reynolds' two years, while UE improved nearly 150 spots in the national rankings in hits allowed under his watch.
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Blake Kangas, Assistant Coach
A veteran coach at both the Division I and community-college ranks, Blake Kangas joined the Kansas State staff in August 2012 as an assistant coach. Kangas will work with the team's outfielders while assisting Mike Clement with the hitters.
Kangas came to Manhattan after serving as the hitting coach at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., for the past four seasons, directing the Golden Eagle offense to top offensive rankings in the state of California each year. A former player at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kangas helped Feather River achieve a 136-27 record and coached eight First Team All-America selections, while he coached or recruited 10 conference pitcher, player or defensive players of the year.
Kangas, 29, guided Feather River to the top batting average in the state of California each of the last three seasons, including a .335 mark in 2012, while his offense led the state in both hits and runs scored each season. Additionally, he tutored six players that were drafted during his four-year tenure, including four in 2011.
Prior to his stint at Feather River, Kangas was on the staff at his alma mater, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for three seasons. During the 2008 season, he helped the Panthers finish fourth in the country in doubles, while two players placed in the top 10 nationally in that department. Milwaukee also finished 16th nationally in hits and led the Horizon Conference in runs, hits, doubles, RBI and walks.
Kangas also has experience coaching collegiate summer baseball as he was an assistant coach for the Herndon Braves in the Cal Ripken Senior Collegiate Baseball League in 2008. The next summer, Kangas helped guide the Bourne Braves to a championship season in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
An all-conference player at Madison (Wis.) Area Technical College, Kangas hit .313 with 10 home runs and 70 RBI over two seasons before transferring to Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was a two-year letterwinner for the Panthers, hitting .304 during his senior season with two homers and 14 RBI while also seeing time on the mound.
A native of Rochester, Minn., Kangas comes from a baseball background as his father, Keith, was a pitcher at Iowa State from 1975-78, while he was the National High School Coach of the Year in 2003 and has won multiple American Legion World Series and Minnesota High School State Championship titles. Also, his brother, Alex, was a standout hockey player at the University of Minnesota and was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fifth round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Kangas completed his bachelor's degree in middle childhood through early adolescence education in 2008 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he is currently working on his master's degree in coaching and athletic administration.
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