List of Texas Tech Red Raiders head baseball coaches

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team is a collegiate baseball program representing Texas Tech University. The team competes in the Big 12 Conference, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletic conference. The program has had 9 head coaches since it began play during the 1926 season.

In 1929, after only four seasons, the program was cut due to a lack of interest in college baseball. In 1953, Texas Tech head football coach and athletic director DeWitt Weaver suggested the program be revived to strengthen the athletic department as part of a push for Southwest Conference (SWC) membership.[1] The following year, Beattie Feathers was hired to field the first Texas Tech baseball team in 26 years. Since the 2013 season, Texas Tech alumnus Tim Tadlock has served as the Red Raiders' head coach.

Hays and Tadlock are the only Texas Tech head coaches to lead the Red Raiders to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Tadlock is the only head coach to have won a NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional, and lead the Red Raiders to the College World Series. Hays is the only head coach win a conference championship, and a conference tournament championship.

Freeland, the first head coach, has the highest winning percentage of any Texas Tech baseball head coach with a 15–11 record (.673). Hays is the all time leader in games coached (1295), total wins (479), total losses (479), total ties (3), conference wins (278), conference losses (271), and conference winning percentage (.506%). Hays received conference coach of the year accolades, being named the SWC Coach of the Year in 1995, and Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1997. In 2014, the College Baseball Foundation named Tadlock as the recipient of the Skip Bertman Award, given to the national coach of the year at any level in collegiate baseball.

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Coaches[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2014 NCAA Division I baseball season
# Name Seasons GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PA PW PL CC CT Awards
1 Freeland, Ewing Y.Ewing Y. Freeland 1926–1927 32 15 11 2 .673
2 Higginbotham, GradyGrady Higginbotham 1928–1929 27 10 17 0 .370
3 Feathers, BeattieBeattie Feathers 1954–1960 98 40 57 1 .413 0
4 Huffman, BerlBerl Huffman 1961–1967 167 80 87 0 .479 0
5 Segrist, KalKal Segrist 1968–1983 643 317 324 2 .495 135 192 0 .413 0 0 0
6 Ashby, GaryGary Ashby 1984–1986 165 85 80 0 .515 18 45 0 .286 0 0 0
7 Hays, LarryLarry Hays 1987–2008 1295 813 479 3 .629 278 271 2 .506 9 15 18 2 2 SWC Coach of the Year (1995)[3]
Big 12 Coach of the Year (1997)[3]
8 Spencer, DanDan Spencer 2009–2012 227 115 112 0 .507 44 61 0 .419 0 0 0
9 Tadlock, TimTim Tadlock 2013–present 122 71 51 0 .582 23 25 0 .479 1 5 3 0 0 Skip Bertman Award (2014)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of head coaches.
  2. ^ Texas Tech was a member of the Border Conference, formally known as the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association (BIAA), when the program was revived in 1954, but the Border Conference declared no baseball championship, although each year it acknowledged the team with the best record.[1] Although Texas Tech was admitted to the SWC in 1956, the baseball team did not begin SWC play until 1968.[2]
  3. ^ Postseason play involving the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
  4. ^ Postseason appearances include seasons with NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bids since the tournament began in 1947.
  5. ^ Texas Tech was not in an athletic conference from 1926 through 1929 and 1954 through 1967.
  6. ^ The Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association did not hold a conference tournament. The Southwest Conference held a conference tournament from 1977-1991 and 1993-1996. The Big 12 Conference has held a conference tournament since 1997.

References[edit]

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Specific
  1. ^ a b Andrews, Ruth Horn (1956). The First Thirty Years: a History of Texas Technological College. Lubbock, Texas: The Texas Tech Press. p. 311. 
  2. ^ "Texas Baseball 2010 Media Guide". University of Texas at Austin. p. 173. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Texas Tech 2010–11 Athletics Record Book". Texas Tech University. p. 10. Retrieved 2011-04-19.