Brian Strickland joined the Texas Tech Baseball program this summer and will serve as the team pitching coach.
Strickland makes the move up to the Division I level after spending his entire career as a very successful coach at the NCAA Div. II and NAIA levels.
During his professional career, that began in 1994, Strickland has recruited and coached 37 players who have been drafted or signed professional contracts. Of those 37 players, nine of them have been drafted in the Top 10 rounds of the MLB Draft.
Strickland comes to Texas Tech after spending the last four seasons as the pitching coach at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. While at Abilene Christian, Strickland served as the pitching and catching coach as well as recruiting coordinator. He helped lead ACU to the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2000 and 2001 as well as NCAA Div. II Regional Tournament appearances those same years.
Prior to his stint at Abilene Christian, he served as the head assistant coach at NAIA national powerhouse Dallas Baptist University for five seasons (1994-1999). While at DBU, Strickland helped lead his team to two NAIA World Series appearances, four sectional NAIA sectional playoff championships, five NAIA regional playoff appearances and two NAIA regional championships.
Strickland also works the camp circuit on a regular basis as he has been an instructor at baseball camps hosted by Tulane, Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Dallas Baptist and Abilene Christian.
While in college, Strickland was a standout pitcher for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he helped lead his team to the NAIA World Series Runner-Up spot in 1992 and finished as the all-time save leader. He received his degree in Physical Education from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1994 and earned his master?s degree in Liberal Arts from Dallas Baptist University in 1998.
He and his wife Michelle have one son Hunter and reside in Lubbock.