Tim Tadlock, the 2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame National Coach of the Year, enters his fourth season as the head coach at Texas Tech after taking the Red Raiders to the College World Series in just his second season while winning over 100 games in his tenure.
Tadlock was named head coach of his alma mater on June 8, 2012, becoming the ninth head coach in program history. Tadlock will enter his 24th year in collegiate baseball in 2016. He owns a collegiate career record of 537-202 in 12 years as a head coach with nine seasons at Grayson County College (435-127) and three at Texas Tech (102-75).
Tadlock and the Red Raiders completed the biggest turnaround in school history and the second biggest turnaround in Big 12 history, going from 26 wins in 2013 to 45 wins in 2014. The season culminated with Texas Tech's first trip to the College World Series in Omaha.
The Red Raiders' historic 2014 season included winning 45 games (fourth-most in school history), setting 10 school records, sweeping six series (three Big 12 series) and defeating 12 nationally-ranked programs, including six top-10 teams. Texas Tech spent 18-consecutive weeks in the national rankings, which spanned the entire season, before ending the year with a No. 8 national ranking in the final poll of the year.
Tadlock was named the ABCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year as well as the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year while guiding the Red Raiders to their best season in school history with a 45-21 overall mark and 14-10 Big 12 record. Tech posted just the sixth 40-win regular season in school history while claiming its first-ever NCAA Regional title at the Coral Gables Regional hosted by No. 3 nationally-ranked Miami (Fla.). Tech won the regional with three wins, two of them coming against Miami on its home field.
Tech returned to Lubbock the following week for its first-ever NCAA Super Regional where Red Raider fans sold-out Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park within 40 minutes of tickets going on sale. Tech responded with two thrilling 1-0 shutouts over No. 16 College of Charleston to punch its ticket to Omaha for the first time in school history. On the way, Tech became just the second team in NCAA Super Regional history (since 1999) to post back-to-back shutouts (2002 -- LSU) and is the first team to ever win back-to-back 1-0 games in a Super Regional.
The Red Raider pitching staff shined during the postseason with a 0.76 ERA in eight games while posting 64 scoreless innings (72 innings played), including 27 consecutive scoreless frames in three straight shutouts. Tech tied the NCAA all-time record with four shutouts in a postseason, joining Cal State Fullerton (2004), Pepperdine (1992), Arizona State (1972), Florida State (1970), St. John's (1968) and Wake Forest (1955) as the only teams in college baseball history to tally four shutouts in a single NCAA postseason. In fact, it was the first time since 1976 that the Red Raiders had posted three straight shutouts at any point of the season.
Tech tied a school record with 33 home wins (1993) and set a new school record by holding its opponent to two or fewer runs 30 times (25-5 record). Tech also set the following school records in 2014 -- shutouts (9), ERA during aluminum bat era (since 1974, 3.11), fielding percentage (.980), ERA in Big 12 games (4.09), games played (66), innings pitched (587.2), putouts (1,763) and assists (809).
The Red Raiders were solid in all three phases during Tadlock's second season as head coach. Tech ranked among the Big 12's top three in 12 statistical categories while leading the league in slugging percentage and triples and finishing second in the conference in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI.
Outfielder Tyler Neslony became the first Red Raider to lead the Big 12 in batting (.375) while first baseman Eric Gutierrez led the league in home runs (12) and RBI (58), becoming just the second Red Raider to accomplish that feat in the Big 12 era and the first since 2004. Second baseman Bryant Burleson and outfielder/designated hitter Adam Kirsch tied for the Big 12 lead in doubles (21) while Kirsch, the 2014 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (second time a Red Raider to earn award), led the league in slugging percentage (.560), just ahead of Gutierrez (.539).
Tech finished third in the country in triples (26) and ranked sixth in both double plays turned (65) and fielding percentage (.980). Overall, the Red Raiders ranked among the top-30 in the country in 10 different statistical categories.
The accolades and honors poured in for the Red Raiders in 2014 with six players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft or signing a free agent contract with an MLB organization following the draft. A pair of players -- both whom had not been drafted previously in their careers -- were selected in the top-10 rounds with left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry going in the sixth round (Miami Marlins) and catcher Hunter Redman taken in the eighth round (Los Angeles Dodgers).
For the first time in school history the Red Raiders had a pair of Freshman All-America selections in consecutive seasons -- both under Tadlock as head coach -- as left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek and Stephen Smith received the honor in 2014. The previous year, Eric Gutierrez and Jarrard Poteete were selected as two of the top freshmen in the country.
The Red Raiders had six All-Big 12 selections in 2014, including three first-team picks -- a first for Tech since 2004. The Red Raiders also had three All-Big 12 second team selections, one Big 12 All-Freshman Team (Stephen Smith) member, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Kirsch), three Academic All-Big 12 honorees, two ABCA All-Midwest Regional selections and Tyler Neslony who was named a finalist for the Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year Award. Tech had three Big 12 Player of the Week picks and had three players named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
Tech finished 31-24 overall in Tadlock's third season in 2015, marking the first time since 2005-06 where the Red Raiders have posted consecutive 30-win seasons. The Red Raiders completed Big 12 play at 13-11 overall, securing a tie for third place in the conference standings, Tech's highest finish since the 2004 season. It was also the second-straight season where Tech has finished among the top four in the Big 12 standings, a first for the Red Raiders since the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Tadlock picked up his 100th career win as Tech's head coach late in the 2015 season as the Red Raiders defeated Texas, 5-1, on May 3. Tadlock collected his 100th win in just his 171st game, making him the fastest head coach in school history to reach that mark.
The Red Raiders once again were among the national leaders defensively, ranking 10th in the country for double plays per game and 14th for double plays. Corey Taylor, meanwhile, led the country with a 0.31 ERA, the lowest in both Texas Tech and Big 12 Conference history, after allowing just two earned runs over 57.1 innings. He finished 4-0 in 19 appearances and held opponents to just a .186 batting average.
Taylor became the first Red Raider to earn All-America honors in Tadlock's tenure as he was third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). His selection marked the first time since John Neely in 2011 where a Red Raider pitcher garnered All-America accolades.
Gutierrez joined Taylor in collecting national accolades as he was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Rawlings Gold Glove Team, becoming just the second Red Raider in program history to collect the honor. Gutierrez, one of six Red Raiders also on the All-Big 12 teams, ended his junior year with an impressive .992 fielding percentage.
Texas Tech's success the past two seasons was built off the groundwork laid in Tadlock's first season in 2013.
Faced with the youngest team in the country that featured a nation-leading 22 newcomers, Tadlock and his coaching staff developed their young roster throughout the season as the Red Raiders won eight of their final 14 games.
Tech broke the all-time school record for fielding percentage and double plays turned in a season (68) during Tadlock's opening year alone as the Red Raiders finished 26-30 overall and 9-15 in Big 12 play, a two-win improvement against conference foes from the previous year.
In 2013, Tadlock mentored four All-Big 12 selections (one All-Freshman team pick), four Academic All-Big 12 picks and three Major League Baseball Draft picks, including fifth rounder right-handed pitcher Trey Masek.
Tech fans have packed Rip Griffin Park in Tadlock's three seasons, averaging over 2,500 fans per game during that time. Tech has consistently ranked among the national leaders in average attendance and total attendance in each of the past three seasons
Fan support was at an all-time high prior to the 2014 Super Regional as fans sold out tickets within 40 minutes of going on sale. The series drew 4,811 fans at each of the two games, pushing Tech's total to 89,355 for the season which ranked 20th in the nation.
The enthusiasm from the 2014 season carried over a year later when Tech sold out of season tickets for the first time in program history. Tech closed the year averaging 3,266 fans per game, its highest average since 2000, after 98,969 fans stepped foot in Rip Griffin Park during the season. Tech ranked 15th nationally in average attendance and 17th for total attendance.
Tadlock and staff's first recruiting class (2013 graduates) received a No. 24 ranking by Perfect Game and a No. 27 national ranking by Collegiate Baseball. Tadlock and the Red Raider coaching staff had a 13th ranked recruiting class in 2014 by Collegiate Baseball -- a mark that tied the record for highest ranked class in school history. Tech's 2014 class was also ranked 23rd by Baseball America, marking the first-ever ranking for Tech by BA in its recruiting class rankings.
Tech's 2015 class, meanwhile, was ranked as high as ninth after Tadlock and his staff signed three prospects who were selected within the first 50 picks of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Two of Tech's signees -- Josh Naylor and Trent Clark -- were selected 12th and 15th overall, marking the first time in program history where Tech has had multiple signees taken in the first round.
Tadlock returned to his alma mater for the 2012 season as the program's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator following six successful seasons as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma.
The nine MLB Draft picks in 2012 ranked second in the nation only behind Arizona State's 10 draft selections. The nine draft picks marked the fifth most in Big 12 history.
Tadlock has coached 124 MLB Draft picks -- including 19 players who have advanced to the big leagues. He has mentored at least one draft pick during the last 21 seasons and has coached three first-round selections, 11 players taken in the top five rounds and 29 selections in the top-10 rounds of the draft during his coaching career.
Tadlock's players have heard their names called a lot recently in the MLB Draft with 52 selections over the last six years (2010-15). Six years during his coaching career Tadlock has had at least nine players taken in the draft.
Tadlock produced several of the nation's top recruiting classes while an assistant coach at Oklahoma, helping lead the Sooners back to the College World Series in 2010, the Sooners first trip to Omaha since 1995.
It didn't take Tadlock long to make his mark on the recruiting trail at Oklahoma, as his 2006 recruiting class ranked fourth nationally by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The No. 4 ranking was the best for the Sooners since 1987.
During his time at Oklahoma (2006-2011), the Sooners made five trips to the NCAA Tournament with two Super Regional appearances in 2006 and 2010 while making it back to the College World Series in Omaha in 2010. It marked OU's first time to make five post-season appearances in a six year span since 1987-1992.
The Sooners had unparalleled success at the plate under Tadlock's guidance. Oklahoma batted over .300 during all six of his seasons -- first time for OU since 1995-2000 -- and his 2009 and 2010 clubs combined for 195 home runs, the most ever at Oklahoma in consecutive seasons while leading the Big 12 in homers both years. The Sooners 104 home runs in 2010 rank second all-time in Oklahoma history.
In 2011, Tadlock coached 11 players at Oklahoma who were selected in the MLB Draft, a total that matched the all-time Big 12 record (Texas, 2007).
After beginning his college coaching career as an assistant at Hill College (1993-96) for four seasons, Tadlock became the head coach at Grayson County Junior College, where he led the Vikings to back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association World Series titles in 1999 and 2000.
During his nine seasons at Grayson, Tadlock posted a 435-127 (.774) overall record while being named National Coach of the Year following both title runs (1999-2000) He led the Vikings to five Region V championships which culminated in five trips to the JUCO World Series. Tadlock coached eight players at Grayson County that earned All-America honors.
During his nine-year tenure at Grayson (1997-2005), Tadlock recorded the highest winning percentage of any collegiate baseball coach, including all two and four-year institutions, with a .774 winning percentage. While at Grayson, Tadlock also served as the school's director of athletics, a position he held during his final five years at the junior-college level.
After a prep career at Denton High School and two years at Hill College, Tadlock was a two-year starting shortstop for the Red Raiders while helping Texas Tech to its first-ever 40-win season as a senior in 1991 (42-18).
In his two-year career at Tech, Tadlock played in 120 games, batted .289 (120-for-415) with 96 runs scored, 19 doubles, four triples, eight home runs, 68 RBI, 71 walks, 65 strikeouts and was 28-of-41 in stolen bases. Tadlock played for legendary coach Larry Hays while at Texas Tech.
Tadlock graduated with his bachelor's degree in physical education from Texas Tech in May 1992. He also earned a master's degree in education in August 1994 from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Tadlock and his wife, Kelly, have two children, daughter, Chloe (14), and son, Benjamin (12). Tadlock is originally from Denton, Texas and was born December 21, 1968.
THE TADLOCK FILE:
Tim Tadlock led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance at the College World Series in 2014.
Tadlock received the 2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award.
Tadlock and the Red Raiders started their 2014 postseason run winning the NCAA Coral Gables Regional - Tech's first-ever regional title.
Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt named Tim Tadlock the ninth head coach of the Red Raider baseball program on June 8, 2012.
What those in the baseball community said about Texas Tech's hire of Tim Tadlock as its head baseball coach.
Augie Garrido - Texas Head Baseball Coach
Rob Childress - Texas A&M Head Baseball Coach
Jim Schlossnagle - TCU Head Baseball Coach
John Lackey - RHP Boston Red Sox (Played for Tadlock in 1999 at Grayson College)
Mark Lummus - Seattle Mariners Professional Scout
Gerald Turner - Atlanta Braves Professional Scout
Ray Crone, Jr. - Detroit Tigers National Scouting Director