Bobby Kilpatrick
Bobby Kilpatrick

Awards:
2006 M Club Hall of Fame Inductee


The most successful coach in Memphis baseball history, Coach Bobby Kilpatrick served the University of Memphis as the head baseball coach for 21 years. Under his tutelage Memphis won 653 games, including a pair of Metro Conference titles in 1976 and 1978.

He led Memphis to NCAA Regional appearances in 1976, 1978 and 1981. Both the `78 and `81 teams advanced to the Regional Championship game. Kilpatrick took a struggling Memphis program and turned it into a national power as 33 former Tigers were drafted in the Coach K era.

He was the first Tiger coach to post consecutive 30-win seasons in 1975 and 76 and then became the first to guide Memphis to a 40-win season when his 1978 squad went 40-9. In his tenure as Memphis' skipper, Kilpatrick led the Tigers to 14 30-win campaigns and 20 winning seasons.

Coach Kilpatrick stepped down from his head coaching post after the 1992 season. His legacy continued as the Tigers went on to advance to the Great Midwest Conference tournament championship in each of the next three seasons. Memphis claimed the GMC crown in 1993 and 1995.

At the conclusion of his coaching career, Coach K remained heavily involved in the baseball program, as well as eight other Olympic sports as the University's spring sports coordinator. Kilpatrick also served as the Special Events Coordinator for Memphis, serving as the tournament director for three different NCAA Basketball First and Second Round tournaments and one NCAA Women's Regional Final.

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