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.
Ray Hayward enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Texas Tech in 2016 where he serves as the Red Raiders' pitching coach. Hayward was named to the position on June 26, 2012, as part of Tim Tadlock's inaugural staff at Texas Tech. Under Hayward, Tech has had 11 pitchers that have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft or that have signed a free agent contract. Tech had five pitchers selected in the 2015 MLB Draft alone, matching the most in program history, as Matt Withrow, Corey Taylor and Dominic Moreno were all drafted in the first eight rounds.
Hayward was instrumental in the development of Taylor, who was selected in the seventh round by the New York Mets after leading the NCAA with a 0.31 earned-run average in 2015. His impressive year snapped both the Texas Tech and Big 12 records for ERA as he allowed just two earned runs over 57.1 innings. Taylor garnered third team All-America honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as his 0.31 ERA marked the sixth-lowest in NCAA history and the lowest for any Division-I pitcher since Al Holland (North Carolina A&T) compiled a 0.26 ERA in 1975. He was the first Tech pitcher to receive All-America honors since John Neely in 2011. Hayward's pitching staffs have been instrumental in Tech posting consecutive 30-win seasons the past two seasons for the first time since the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The Red Raiders, who closed 2015 at 31-24 overall and 13-11 in Big 12 play, have combined for 76 victories the past two seasons, the most over a two-year span since the 2001 and 2002 seasons (85 wins). In addition, the Red Raiders have also combined for 27 wins against Big 12 foes the past two seasons, which is also the most since 2001-02. Tech secured a tie for third place in the 2015 conference standings, marking its highest finish since the 2004 season. It was also the second-straight season where Tech has finished among the top four teams in the Big 12, a first for the Red Raiders since 2001-02. The Red Raiders closed the 2015 season with a 3.33 ERA, marking the second-straight season Tech has posted a team ERA of 3.40 or lower. Tech had not previously accomplished the feat since the 1970 and 1971 seasons. The Red Raiders allowed just 184 earned runs on the year, their fewest since surrendering 176 in 1994. For the second-consecutive season, the Red Raiders also snapped the school record with a 3.21 team ERA during Big 12 play. Taylor and Moreno led the way for the Tech pitching staff as the duo combined to allow just five earned runs while posting 0.55 and 1.09 ERAs against conference foes. Taylor and fellow senior Cameron Smith were both recognized following the season on the All-Big 12 first team while Moreno was a second team honoree. Smith's selection marked the first time a Tech starting pitcher had been named to the first team since Brandon Roberson in 2001. Taylor, meanwhile, was the first Red Raider reliever to garner first-team recognition since Steve Rowe in 2002. In all, Hayward has coached six Tech pitchers that have received all-Big 12 honors in his three seasons as Chris Sadberry was named to the second team in 2014 while Smith (2014), Jonny Drozd (2014) and Trey Masek (2013) have all been named honorable mention selections.
J-Bob Thomas enters his fourth season as the recruiting coordinator/assistant coach at Texas Tech in 2016. Thomas works primarily with the Red Raider catchers and assists with the team's hitters while serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. Thomas enters his 11th year in collegiate baseball in 2016 -- his fourth on head coach Tim Tadlock's coaching staff at Tech. He was named assistant coach/recruiting coordinator with the Red Raiders on June 20, 2012.
Thomas, who is known as a tireless worker and as one of the top recruiters in college baseball, has proven his abilities early and often throughout his career at Tech. He was recognized by Perfect Game in September 2015 as one of 10 coaches nationally "who are everywhere recruiting." The Red Raiders first recruiting class under Tadlock with Thomas as recruiting coordinator received a top-25 ranking by Perfect Game (24th) and was tabbed 27th nationally by Collegiate Baseball. It marked the first time Tech had a nationally-ranked recruiting class by Collegiate Baseball since 2001. Led by Thomas' recruiting efforts, Tech received a 13th ranked 2014 recruiting class, giving the Red Raiders back-to-back nationally-ranked recruiting classes for the first time since 2000-01. The No. 13 national ranking is tied for the highest in school history (2000). The 2014 class was also ranked 23rd by Baseball America, which marked the program's first-ever ranking in BA's recruiting class rankings. Thomas help compile Tech's best class to date in 2015 as he signed a group that ranked as high as ninth by several publications. The class was highlighted by three players drafted among the top 50 picks of the MLB First-Year Player Draft -- Josh Naylor (No. 12 overall), Trent Clark (No. 15 overall) and Tony Santillan (No. 49). It marked the first time in program history where Tech has had multiple signees selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. Of those recruited and signed under Thomas as recruiting coordinator at Tech, 17 have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft, including nine taken in the top-15 rounds. Thomas' efforts on the recruiting front helped lead Tech to its best season in school history in 2014 as the Red Raiders won the NCAA Coral Gables Regional and NCAA Lubbock Super Regional while advancing to the program's first-ever College World Series in Omaha. It marked Tech's first-ever NCAA Regional title and first appearance in school history at a Super Regional. The Red Raiders finished the season with 45 wins -- fourth most in school history. Tech posted the biggest turnaround in school history going from 26 wins in 2013 to 45 wins the following season (+19 wins). It is the second biggest turnaround in Big 12 history. Tech set 10 school records in 2014, including home wins (33), shutouts (9), ERA during aluminum bat era -- since 1974 (3.11) and fielding percentage (.980). In fact, Tech set a team fielding percentage school record during each of Thomas' first two seasons with the Red Raiders.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Matt Gardner enters his third season as the volunteer assistant baseball coach at Texas Tech in 2016 where he assists with the Red Raider pitching staff and catchers while also working with the outfielders. Gardner, who began his collegiate playing career for Tim Tadlock at Grayson County College in 2005, came to Tech following two seasons as pitching coach at Lubbock Christian University (2012-13). He previously spent three seasons as a graduate assistant coach (2009) and volunteer assistant coach (2010-11) at his alma mater, Oklahoma State.
Since Gardner's arrival, Tech has had eight pitchers that have been selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft or that have signed a free agent contract. Tech had five pitchers selected in the 2015 MLB Draft alone, matching the most in program history, as Matt Withrow, Corey Taylor and Dominic Moreno were all drafted in the first eight rounds. Taylor recorded one of the best seasons in NCAA history in 2015 as the senior led the country with a 0.31 ERA that was the sixth-lowest in NCAA history and the lowest for any Division-I pitcher since Al Holland (North Carolina A&T) in 1975. His impressive year snapped both the Texas Tech and Big 12 records for ERA as he allowed just two earned runs over 57.1 innings. Taylor, a seventh round draft selection by the New York Mets, was named a third team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), marking the first time a Tech pitcher has earned All-America honors since John Neely in 2011. The Red Raiders have posted consecutive 30-win seasons in each of the last two years with Gardner on staff, marking the first time Tech has done so since the 2005 and 2006 campaigns. Tech has combined for 76 victories the past two seasons, the most over a two-year span since 2001-02 (85 wins). Tech closed the 2015 season at 31-24 overall and 13-11 in Big 12 play, which secured a third-place finish in the Big 12 standings, its highest since the 2004 season. The Red Raiders, who have combined for 27 wins against conference foes the past two seasons, their most since 2001-02, have finished among the top four teams in the Big 12 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2001-02. The Tech pitching staff closed the 2015 season with a 3.33 ERA, marking the second-straight year Tech has posted a team ERA of 3.40 or lower. The Red Raiders had not previously accomplished that feat since the 1970 and 1971 seasons. Tech allowed just 184 earned runs overall, its fewest since giving up 176 in 1994. In addition, Tech also snapped the single-season record with a 3.21 team ERA during Big 12 play. Taylor and Moreno were dominant against conference foes as the duo combined to allow just five earned runs while posting 0.55 and 1.09 ERAs.
Director of Operations
Joe Hughes enters his fourth season as the director of baseball operations at Texas Tech in 2016. Hughes was named director of operations with the Red Raiders on July 17, 2012.
Hughes is responsible for the baseball program's day-to-day operations and oversees every Tech baseball student-athletes' needs. He manages team travel, scheduling and the program's team budget. Hughes also oversees facility needs for the home of Red Raider baseball, Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Hughes serves as fall, winter and summer camp director for Red Raider baseball and works as the baseball team liaison with every area and department throughout the Texas Tech athletics department.