Tigers expect to see several scrimmages over course of fall practice schedule
Parks coached with Memphis pitching coach Russ McNickle at Saint Leo and played for Coach Schoenrock at Mississippi State
LHP Caleb Wallingford declines Angels offer and will return to Tigers for 2015 season
18 players are scattered across eight different summer collegiate leagues to play for 11 different teams
Series begins Friday with first pitch time of 5:00 at FedExPark
Post-game interviews and highlights of the Memphis baseball team's 5-2 win over Western Michigan on Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep of the Broncos to move to 3-0 on the season.
Daron Schoenrock sits down with Jeff Brightwell to recap the Tigers' sweep over Marshall last weekend in their final home series of the season as well preview this weekends series in Houston when Memphis takes on Rice.
Head coach Daron Schoenrock sits down with Jeff Brightwell to recap last weekend's series at East Carolina as well as looking forward the the Tigers' final home series of the season this weekend against Marshall.
Episode 80: Jeff Brightwell sits down with baseball head coach Daron Schoenrock to recap the Tigers' weekend against Southern Mississippi before taking a look at their series in Greenville, NC this weekend against East Carolina.
Episode 76: Jeff Brightwell sits down with Memphis baseball head coach Daron Schoenrock to talk about the Tigers' series win over UAB last weekend along with their big win over No. 16 Ole Miss on Tuesday in AutoZone Park. They also talk about the much anticipated series this weekend with Southern Mississippi at FedExPark.
The 16th baseball coach in school history, Daron Schoenrock enters his 10th season at the controls of Memphis baseball armed with a club featuring both experienced players and a talented group of newcomers. One of the top head coaches in the business, Schoenrock led his 2013 team to the program's seventh 30-win season and second straight since joining Conference USA in 1995.
The 2013 C-USA Coach of the Year led the Tigers to its best winning percentage (.593) since 1994 with a 35-24 record, which included five wins over top-25 teams (Ole Miss, Rice and Houston).
The Tigers pitching was superb for Memphis in 2013, and the results proved it. The U of M claimed C-USA Pitcher of the Year honors with junior Erik Schoenrock getting the nod while junior Sam Moll was also named to the league's first team. Junior reliever Jonathan Van Eaton claimed C-USA second team accolades after breaking a school single-season record with 13 saves on the year. The Memphis hurlers combined for a 3.05 ERA during the season for the fourth-best mark in the Tigers history, and the best since 1976. Off the mound, the Tigers were just as impressive, posting a .970 fielding percentage, third-best in program history.
Memphis also racked up a C-USA All-Freshman Team selection with Jake Little becoming the firstTiger since 2009 to be named to the team.
Off the field, the Tigers had a league-best four players named to the conference's all-academic team with Moll, Ethan Gross, Tucker Tubbs and Zach Willis earning the distinction.
In 2012, The Tigers won 12-of-15 games down the stretch to take momentum into the C-USA Tournament. Memphis went 2-2 in the tournament, ending the season in the C-USA Championship game, but along the way, the Tigers earned a series win on the road over a top-10 opponent (UCF) for only the second time in program history.
For the second-straight season, Memphis was home to the C-USA Player of the Year with third baseman Jacob Wilson taking the honors. Overall, Schoenrock saw the program lay claim to three first team All-C-USA players, one second team selection and three players on the All-Academic Team.
With Schoenrock at the helm of the Memphis program, the Tigers were able to end the 13-year postseason hiatus and earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The 2007 team went 36-27, marking the most wins since 1994 and, combined with the 2006 campaign, represented the first back-to-back winning seasons since 1994 and 1995. Since coming to Memphis, Schoenrock has brought in three nationally-ranked recruiting classes, while 11 Tigers have been drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Twelve players have gone on to play professional baseball either through the draft or free agency.
Schoenrock inherited a program that had lost its top three pitchers and 10 seniors from 2004, and struggled through a 13-42 campaign in 2005. With a well-planned goal, he wasted little time working to get the Tiger baseball program back on track, signing 25 newcomers for the 2006 season, including four four-year transfers, a National Junior College Player of the Year honoree and five major league draftees. Schoenrock brought those additions together and led the Tigers to a 32-win season in just his second campaign. The 32 wins were the most wins for Schoenrock in his first three years as a head coach and the most by a Memphis baseball club since 2001. The 19-game turnaround tied for the second-best winning turnaround in the country in 2006 and also equaled for the best turnaround in Tiger baseball history--matching that of the 2001 team. Along with that 32-28 mark came Memphis' first appearance in the Conference USA semifinals since the 2001 season.
Hired on June 29, 2004, Schoenrock immediately launched his plan to elevate Tiger Baseball by intensifying recruiting efforts, marketing season ticket campaigns, increasing revenue generated by the Bullpen Club and yearly banquets, and putting a plan in motion to upgrade the Tiger baseball facility. The Tiger skipper oversaw the facelift recently given to FedExPark--the Tigers' home since 2010.
Through 17 years as an assistant (the last seven in the SEC), Schoenrock learned the importance an entire coaching staff has in carrying out the daily process of a program. In the summer of 2009, he brought in nationally-renowned pitching coach Fred Corral to Memphis as the Associate Head Coach. In 2011, Schoenrock hired Clay Greene, one of the top up and coming young coaches in college baseball, as his hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Both of these moves, along with the hiring of former Tiger infielder Zach Clark prior to the 2010 season as an assistant coach and camps coordinator, and the retention of Director of Operations Al Woods, have Schoenrock thrilled with the staff he has in place.
The difference he has made has been evident off the field as well. In just his first semester, a more disciplined baseball team recorded the program's highest GPA ever. They once again recorded a program-record high 3.278 GPA in the fall 2010 semester and have posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher in six-straight semesters.
A mirror of its coach, Schoenrock's squad also has been involved in community service efforts, such as visiting children at the Ronald McDonald House, Target House or St. Jude every year since his hiring. The Tigers added Streets Ministries to its goodwill efforts, preparing a meal and interacting with the inner city youth in a visit to the community outreach organization in the fall of 2006. In the spring of 2008, Memphis visited Southaven's Field of Dreams, where they held a special Meet-and-Greet session and donated gifts to support the league that serves special-needs children in the Mid-South.
Schoenrock came to Memphis after several successful years as an assistant coach. Before taking the post as the Tigers' skipper, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach on the Mississippi State staff--his fifth year in association with former State coaching legend Ron Polk. His primary responsibilities included coaching Bulldog pitchers, and overseeing MSU's recruiting efforts. Schoenrock also coordinated the activities of the Bulldogs' foster-parent program.
Regarded as one of college baseball's premier pitching coaches, Schoenrock has coached 86 players that have signed professional baseball contracts. He has sent 47 pitchers to the professional level, including Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, and Paul Maholm, who was a first-round pick (the No. 7 overall) of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Three Bulldog pitchers were taken in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Since coming to Memphis, 12 Tigers have been drafted and 13 have signed pro deals. Under Schoenrock's leadership, a program-record four U of M pitchers were drafted in the 2008 Major League Draft.
Prior to joining Polk at MSU, he served as the pitching coach in 2000 and 2001 on the University of Georgia staff. In Athens, he developed a Bulldog pitching staff that, in 2001, helped boost Georgia to its first SEC championship in 47 years and its first appearance in the NCAA College World Series since 1990. He launched his affiliation with Southeastern Conference baseball in 1998 at the University of Kentucky. He served two seasons on the coaching staff of former MSU baseball staffer Keith Madison, coaching the UK pitchers and catchers, and heading up the Wildcats' recruiting program. In 1998 and 1999, he was the pitching coach for 2007 Cy Young award winner Brandon Webb. His coaching expertise gained national acclaim during a highly-successful eight-year coaching stint at Birmingham Southern. His Panther pitchers improved their staff earned run averages each season and helped lead Birmingham Southern to the 1995 NAIA World Series.
In the summer that followed, Schoenrock earned a position as the short-season pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the Appalachian League.
Schoenrock was a four-year starting pitcher under Coach David Mays at Tennessee Tech University. He earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education with a certification in biology before launching his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach there in 1985. He continued his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach under ABCA Hall of Famer Johnny Reagan at Murray State University, where he earned a master's degree in education in 1987.
Schoenrock took on his first head coaching job in 1988 at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. He was 25-52 in his two years as coach of the Railsplitters. Schoenrock guided LMU to its first postseason appearance in five years and was named the Tennessee Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1989. Much like the 2009 Tigers, Schoenrock's 1989 Lincoln Memorial team played the entire season on the road as facility renovations were being completed.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Schoenrock has been involved in numerous community outreach efforts, sharing his knowledge at coaching clinics and banquets, and making several appearances andspeaking engagements across the country, as well as in the Memphis area, since taking the head coaching post at the U of M. Schoenrock also serves as a clinician for www.mycoachonline.com, a baseball instruction website, and is also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. In 1995, Schoenrock authored a comprehensive textbook on pitching titled "The Total Pitching Program." Schoenrock served two three-year terms on the selection committee for the ABCA's prestigious Lefty Gomez Award, an annual award given for lifetime meritorious service to baseball. In the fall of 2009, Schoenrock was selected as chairman for C-USA baseball coaches.
Schoenrock, 52, is married to Carol Schoenrock. They are the parents of two sons, Erik, 22, and Bret, 11. Erik, a former Tiger, is a pitcher for the Eugene Emeralds in the San Diego Padres organization.