Tim Tadlock Named Head Baseball Coach at Texas Tech

Tadlock was named the ninth head coach in Texas Tech history Friday

June 7, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt has removed the interim tag and named Tim Tadlockthe ninth head baseball coach in school history.

Tadlock will be formally introduced at a news conference tomorrow at noon inside the stadium club at Rip Griffin Park. The news conference will be streamed live on texastech.com.

"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."
Augie Garrido - Texas Head Baseball Coach

"I am very excited to announce Tim Tadlock as Texas Tech's new baseball coach," Hocutt said. "Tim has prepared himself for this tremendous opportunity and honor to lead our baseball program. As one of the nation's most respected recruiters and coaches he has demonstrated the ability to attract, teach and win at the highest level. There are great days ahead for Texas Tech baseball."

Tadlock, who was named the interim head coach on May 21, becomes the ninth head coach to lead the Tech baseball program and follows Dan Spencer who spent four years as head coach. Tadlock joined the program as associate head coach in the fall of 2011 and spent one season under Spencer in 2012.

"I am very proud and honored to have been given this great opportunity to lead the Texas Tech baseball program," Tadlock said. "I appreciate the commitment that the Texas Tech administration has given to me. We will honor the legacy at Texas Tech and we are looking forward to hitting the ground running."

Regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, Tadlock produced several of the nation's top recruiting classes at Oklahoma while helping lead the Sooners back to the College World Series in 2010, the Sooners first trip to Omaha since 1995.

Tadlock worked with the Red Raider defense during the 2012 season where they finished with a .971 fielding percentage, which ranks second all-time at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders also ranked second in the league in batting average (.292) and led the Big 12 in doubles (117) and triples (24).

He helped mentor three Red Raiders who all ranked among the top 12 hitters in the Big 12 Conference, while second baseman Jamodrick McGruder (.358) was third, catcher Bo Altobelli (.346) was eighth and Barrett Barnes(.325) was 12th. McGruder, one of Tadlock's top offensive threats, led the Big 12 in 10 offensive statistical categories.

In addition, five of Tech's position players earned All-Big 12 recognition during Tadlock's first season at Tech, including McGruder (first team), Barnes (first team), first baseman Scott LeJeune (second team), Altobelli (honorable mention) and shortstop Tim Proudfoot (All-Freshman Team).

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 this fall by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

During his tenure 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.

While an assistant at Oklahoma, Tadlock mentored 41 players who were selected in the Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft. In 2011 the Sooners had 11 players taken in the draft which tied an all-time Big 12 record (Texas, 2007). In fact, during three of Tadlock's six years with the Sooners at least nine players were taken in the draft.

After beginning his college coaching career as an assistant at Hill College 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).

Overall, Tadlock guided the Grayson program to five championships along with five District V championships and while eight Vikings earned All-America honors during his tenure as head coach.

The Red Raiders 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 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 began in August 2000.

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 (11 - April 10), and son, Benjamin (8 - Aug 4).


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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