Matt Bragga

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Matt Bragga
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamRice
ConferenceC-USA
Record28–47
Biographical details
Born (1972-07-20) July 20, 1972 (age 48)
Playing career
1991–1994Kentucky
Position(s)Utility
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996Northport (AL) Tuscaloosa County (asst.)
1997–2000Bevill State CC
2001–2003Birmingham–Southern (Asst)
2004–2018Tennessee Tech
2019–presentRice
Head coaching record
Overall720–571–2
TournamentsNCAA: 5–5
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
As assistant coach:

As head coach:

  • 3× OVC regular season (2010, 2013, 2018)
  • OVC Tournament (2009, 2017)

Matthew A. Bragga (born July 20, 1972) is an American baseball coach and former Utility player, who is the current head baseball coach of the Rice Owls. He played college baseball at Kentucky for coach Keith Madison from 1991 to 1994. He then served as the head coach at Tennessee Tech (2004–2018).

Playing career[edit]

Bragga was a 4-year letter winner for the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team from 1991 through 1994.[1] He signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds organization and played two years of minor league baseball for the Butte Copper Kings[2] and the Charleston AlleyCats.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1996, Bragga began his coaching career as an assistant at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama.[4] The following season, he accepted the head coaching position at Bevill State Community College.[5] In 2001, Bragga accepted a position as an assistant coach at Birmingham–Southern College.[6] The 2001, Birmingham–Southern finished 55–11 and won the NAIA World Series.[7]

On June 15, 2018, Bragga was announced as the new head coach of the Rice Owls baseball program.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (Ohio Valley Conference) (2004–2018)
2004 Tennessee Tech 15–31 10–16 8th
2005 Tennessee Tech 13–42 6–20 9th
2006 Tennessee Tech 18–36 11–16 7th
2007 Tennessee Tech 26–28 12–15 5th
2008 Tennessee Tech 35–23–1 13–14 5th Ohio Valley Tournament
2009 Tennessee Tech 31–24–1 10–11–1 5th NCAA Regionals
2010 Tennessee Tech 31–25 14–6 1st Ohio Valley Tournament
2011 Tennessee Tech 25–29 12–12 4th Ohio Valley Tournament
2012 Tennessee Tech 21–32 10–16 8th
2013 Tennessee Tech 40–17 24–6 1st Ohio Valley Tournament
2014 Tennessee Tech 40–19 18–12 2nd Ohio Valley Tournament
2015 Tennessee Tech 26–29 16–14 2nd Ohio Valley Tournament
2016 Tennessee Tech 31–24 17–13 4th Ohio Valley Tournament
2017 Tennessee Tech 41–21 23–7 4th NCAA Regionals
2018 Tennessee Tech 52–10 27–3 1st NCAA Super Regionals
Tennessee Tech: 445–383–2 223–181–1
Rice Owls (Conference USA) (2019–present)
2019 Rice 26–33 14–16 7th Conference USA Tournament
2020 Rice 2–14 0–0 Season canceled due to COVID-19
Total: 720–571–2

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 Kentucky Baseball" (PDF). www.ukathletics.com. University of Kentucky. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Copper Kings outlast Dodgers, 18–17". www.newspapers.com. The Montana Standard. August 17, 1994. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Unknown". www.newspapers.com. The San Bernardino County Sun. Retrieved June 15, 2018. Cite uses generic title (help)
  4. ^ "TTU Taps Bragga for Baseball Position". www.ovcsports.com. Ohio Valley Conference. November 17, 2003. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Tennessee Tech coach Matt Bragga has deep connection to Butch Thompson". www.sports.usatoday.com. USA Today. June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Andrew Carroll (May 25, 2001). "Bears bound for NJCAA tourney". www.tuscaloosanews.com. Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Tomy Deas (June 14, 2011). "Central grads lead BSC to NAIA baseball title". www.tuscaloosanews.com. Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Matt Bragga Named 21st Baseball Coach". www.riceowls.com. CBS Interactive. June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.