Tim Tadlock
Tim Tadlock

Head Coach


2nd Year

Alma Mater:
Texas Tech, 1992

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The Tim Tadlock head coaching era at Texas Tech began in 2013 with a 26-30 overall record and with a 9-15 record in Big 12 play with an eighth-place finish in the league while advancing to the Big 12 Championship.

Tadlock was named head coach of the Texas Tech baseball program on June 8, 2012, becoming the ninth head coach in program history. Tadlock will enter his 22nd year in collegiate baseball in 2014, which will mark his second as head coach at Texas Tech.

Regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, Tadlock has already started making his mark as the head coach of the Red Raiders in the Big 12 Conference.

In his first season the Red Raiders broke all-time school records for fielding percentage (.974) and double plays turned in a season (68). His program knocked off five nationally-ranked opponents, including the defending national champion Arizona Wildcats in Tucson.

In fact, Tadlock led the Red Raiders to three consecutive wins over ranked opponents - a first by the Texas Tech program in 11 years.

During his first season, the Red Raiders fielded the youngest team in the country with a nation-leading 22 newcomers. Tadlock and his coaching staff developed their young roster throughout the season while the Red Raiders won eight of their final 14 games of the season advancing to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 Championship.

The Red Raiders won their Big 12 Conference series opener in 2013 taking two of three games over Texas in Austin. It marked the first time Tech had won a series over the Longhorns in Austin since 2001 and was Tech's first series win over Texas since 2002.

Tech had two Freshmen All-Americans (1B Eric Gutierrez, C/DH Jarrard Poteete) during Tadlock's first season along with 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.

Tadlock's ability to recruit top-notch players in the state of Texas and throughout the country - both at the high school and junior college levels - became apparent quickly in his time at Tech while in just his seventh month on the job with his first-full season recruiting class ranked 24th in the nation by Perfect Game.

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.

During his one season at Tech as the associate head coach/recruiting coordinator, the Red Raiders had a school-record nine MLB Draft picks, including first-round selection center fielder Barrett Barnes, who became the third highest draft pick in school history with the 45th overall pick.

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 118 MLB Draft picks - including 16 players who have advanced to the big leagues. He has mentored at least one draft pick during the last 19 seasons and has coached three first-round selections, 11 players taken in the top five rounds and 24 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 42 selections over the last four years (2010-13). 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.

Tadlock also had top-25 nationally ranked recruiting classes by Baseball America in 2006 (11th), 2009 (16th), 2010 (21st) and 2012 (13th). In addition, OU's 2012 recruiting class received a No. 4 ranking by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

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.

The Red Raiders have benefited from six players that transferred to Tech from Tadlock's program at Grayson while he was head coach. Included in those student-athletes are Texas Tech All-American shortstop Cameron Blair (2004-05) and former Major League catcher Trey Lunsford (1999-00).

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 (12 - April 10), and son, Benjamin (10 - Aug. 4). Tadlock is originally from Denton, Texas and was born December 21, 1968.

2013-Present - Texas Tech (Head Coach)
2012 - Texas Tech (Associate Head Coach)
2006-2011 - Oklahoma (Assistant Coach)
1997-2005 - Grayson County College (Head Coach)
1993-1996 - Hill College (Assistant Coach)

What those in the baseball community are saying about Texas Tech's hire of Tim Tadlock as its head baseball coach.

Augie Garrido - Texas Head Baseball Coach
"That is a smart move by Texas Tech. I think in a very short period of time he will bring back the glory days at Texas Tech. He is certainly one of the best recruiters in the country. He is a tireless worker and is very committed to the game of baseball and respects the game of baseball to the level that will allow that program to be a championship program in a short period of time. That hire is a very smart move by Texas Tech, a very smart move."

Rob Childress - Texas A&M Head Baseball Coach
"Tim is one of the great young coaches in the country. He has a proven track record for the last 15 years while winning at a very high level in junior college and at Oklahoma. I totally expect the same things in a short period of time at Texas Tech. He is an excellent recruiter. He is going to do great things for Texas Tech baseball."

Jim Schlossnagle - TCU Head Baseball Coach
"Tim has worked diligently throughout every level of college baseball to earn this opportunity. I'm sure that he will represent Texas Tech successfully on the field and with the highest amount of class and integrity in the community."

John Lackey - RHP Boston Red Sox (Played for Tadlock in 1999 at Grayson College)
"I think that is an awesome hire for Texas Tech. He is a quality baseball man. He is all about baseball. He is a player's coach. He is very easy to talk to. He does a great job conveying his message to his players and getting across to his players what he expects and what he wants done. He is easy to play for as long as you play hard. He never got too fired up unless he wasn't seeing the effort from his players that he expected. I think his players always appreciated that. This is a great hire also because of his ability to recruit. He can really recruit. Guys like him, players are drawn to him. I think he will do a great job at Texas Tech."

Mark Lummus - Seattle Mariners Professional Scout
"I have known Tim for a long time. He is a dynamite recruiter. He is a super game-manager. He is a good motivator. I think he is one of the best coaches out there, his record speaks for itself. I don't think you could hire a better guy. He is a star in the making. That is a great hire for Texas Tech."

Gerald Turner - Atlanta Braves Professional Scout
"I think you guys got a real steal. This guy knows what he is doing. He is a great recruiter. There will be some very good players who will go to Texas Tech because of Tim Tadlock. He has a great network and has a lot of friends in the game of baseball. One thing Tim always did when he was head coach at Grayson (College) was play very good competition. He didn't try and build his record by playing people who were weak. He wasn't afraid to play the big boys. He has always had good players and he has competed with the best of them. He had good players because he recruited well and they went there because of Tim Tadlock."

Ray Crone, Jr. - Detroit Tigers National Scouting Director
"I think that is a great hire. I have known Tim a long time. He has a lot of success in the state of Texas. I think he will do a great job at Texas Tech. First of all, he is a great guy. He has done a great job recruiting and gets a lot of good kids and baseball players. When you draft one of his players that he has recruited and worked with they usually go out and have success."

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