Bill Kinneberg

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Bill Kinneberg
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Utah
Conference Pacific-12 Conference
Record 258-334
Biographical details
Alma mater Arizona '80
Playing career
1979–80 Arizona
Position(s) P
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
UTEP (asst.)
Arizona State (asst.)
Arizona (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 503-517
Accomplishments and honors
WAC Coach of the Year: 1990

Bill Kinneberg is an American college baseball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Utah Utes baseball team. He is in his second stint with the Utes, having most recently assumed the role prior to the 2005 season. Kinneberg was also head coach of the Utes for the 1996 season.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Kinneberg was a pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats, owning a 7–4 record with 7 saves over two seasons. He appeared in the 1979 College World Series with the Wildcats.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After ending his playing career, Kinneberg was hired as an assistant at UTEP. He served in that role for four seasons before assuming the head coaching role for the 1985 season. In what was to be the last season of baseball at UTEP, Kinneberg led the Miners to a program record 33 wins.[2] After the end of UTEP's program, he moved to Wyoming, setting a program record for wins in Laramie in 1990 with a 37–18 record. Kinneberg earned Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors for the 1990 season, and coached 16 All-Conference players at Wyoming. Ironically, the Cowboys program was shut down in 1996, just four years after Kinneberg's departure for Arizona State.[3] Kinneberg spent two seasons with the Sun Devils, helping to guide them to consecutive College World Series appearances.[1]

Kinneberg spent one season as a pitching coach in the Chicago White Sox system, before returning to college head coaching at Utah for the 1996 season. He led the Utes to a 30–22 season and a third place finish in the WAC. He then accepted an associate head coaching position at Arizona, helping the Wildcats to an Regional appearance during his five years in Tucson.[1]

Utah again offered him their head coaching position 2005. During his second stint with the Utes, Kinneberg led the team to their first-ever MWC title and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1960, coached three high level Major League Baseball Draft picks, including Utah's first-ever first round pick (C. J. Cron), and now leads the Utes in their rugged new home in the Pacific-12 Conference.[1][4]

Kinneberg also has coached USA Baseball's National Team (collegiate), beginning as a pitching coach in 1999, and as head coach in 2007 and 2010.[1][5]

Head coaching records[edit]

The following is a table of Kinneberg's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.[6][7][8][9][10]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
UTEP (Western Athletic Conference) (1985–1985)
1985 UTEP 33-26 11-13 3rd (Southern)
UTEP: 33-26 11-13
Wyoming (Western Athletic Conference) (1986–1992)
1986 Wyoming 29-19 16-7 1st (Eastern) WAC Tournament
1987 Wyoming 27-22 11-12 3rd (Western)
1988 Wyoming 25-27 14-13 4th WAC Tournament
1989 Wyoming 36-21 17-10 4th WAC Tournament
1990 Wyoming 37-18 20-8 3rd WAC Tournament
1991 Wyoming 31-22 14-12 4th WAC Tournament
1992 Wyoming 27-28 11-14 5th
Wyoming: 212-157 103-76
Utah Utes (Western Athletic Conference) (1996–1996)
1996 Utah 30-22 15-15 t-3rd
Utah Utes (Mountain West Conference) (2005–2011)
2005 Utah 19-36 10-20 5th MWC Tournament[a]
2006 Utah 28-28 9-13 6th MWC Tournament[a]
2007 Utah 24-31 12-12 t-3rd MWC Tournament
2008 Utah 26-28 10-14 t-4th MWC Tournament
2009 Utah 28-31 8-16 6th MWC Tournament
2010 Utah 23-28 10-13 6th MWC Tournament
2011 Utah 29-21 16-7 2nd MWC Tournament
Utah Utes (Pacific-12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012 Utah 14-42 7-23 11th
2013 Utah 21-31 7-23 11th
2014 Utah 16-36 4-26 11th
Utah: 258-330 101-182
Total: 503-517

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b In this season, all members of the Mountain West Conference qualified for the conference tournament.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bill Kinneberg Profile". Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brett Bloomquist (July 2, 2012). "A fond pastime: Once a successful part of UTEP athletics, baseball may return". El Paso Times. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "". cowboyattitude. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dirk Facer (June 10, 2011). "Utah Utes baseball will need depth to compete in Pac-12". Deseret News. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Utah's Bill Kinneberg Named 2010 USA Baseball National Team Head Coach". June 22, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2013 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Media Guide". Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Conference Standings". Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mountain West Baseball History: 2000-2012". Mountain West Conference. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2012 Pacific-12 Conference Baseball Standings". Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2013 Pacific-12 Conference Baseball Standings". Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.