Just the fifth Bradley Baseball coach since 1921 and the 15th head coach overall for the Braves, Elvis Dominguez is in his seventh year directing the Bradley Baseball program.
Dominguez, 50, has 24 years of college coaching experience, including seven seasons as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University. During his career, Dominguez has recruited and coached 10 players that advanced to the Major Leagues, 23 All-Americans and four conference players of the year. In his first six years at Bradley, the Braves have produced a national batting champion and consensus All-American (Mike Tauchman), four Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-Americans and 21 All-Missouri Valley Conference selections. In addition, six Braves have embarked on professional baseball careers with RHP Rob Scahill pitching in the Major Leagues for the Colorado Rockies each of the last three seasons.
Eight of his Eastern Kentucky players were drafted by Major League organizations, including a trio of Colonels selected within the first seven rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Of particular note, 2008 OVC Pitcher of the Year Christian Friedrich was the 25th overall selection by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2008 draft.
Dominguez expects as much of his players off the field as on, as evidenced by his teams' performance in the classroom. In 2008, his Eastern Kentucky squad boasted the top NCAA Academic Progress Rate (960) of any NCAA Division I team in the state of Kentucky and ranked among the 80th percentile of all Division I teams in the nation. In addition, his EKU teams posted at least a 3.0 grade point average in each of his last five years, including a 12-year-best 3.1 mark during the 2007 fall semester.
Boasting 16 years in college baseball and 21 years overall of professional experience, Larry Scully will add to that experience as Bradley's first-year pitching coach in 2014-15.
Scully comes to Bradley from Murray State, where he served as pitching coach during the 2013-14 school year. In his lone season with the Racers, Scully helped Murray State lower its staff earned run average by nearly one-and-a-half runs per game in conference play and substantially improve its strikeouts-to-walk ratio (1.98 in league play, 1.67 overall). Individually, Scully helped Murray State pitcher Brock Downey to a breakout junior season that was capped by earning the OVC Co-Pitcher-of-the-Year Award. In his first two seasons, Downey was 0-6 with three saves and a 6.40 ERA in 29 career appearances, but in his season working with Scully, Downey improved to 9-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 2014.
Prior to his brief stint at Murray State, Scully was the head coach at NCAA Division II Truman State from 2000-06 and he has worked as an assistant coach at Indian Hills Community College (1992-96), Morningside College (1999-2000), Saint Louis (2006-07) and Lamar Community College (2010-13).
Sean Lyons begins his sixth season as an assistant coach at Bradley in 2014-15 and his 12th year overall as a college coach.
Lyons' move to Bradley has coincided with NCAA restrictions on bats and the Braves have adopted well to his offensive philosophies. Notably, Mike Tauchman was a consensus All-American in 2013 when he led all NCAA Division I players with a .425 batting average and was selected the Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. Incorporating speed into their game, the Braves have swiped 347 bases in Lyons' first five seasons for the second- (94 in 2011), third- (78 in 2010) and fourth-best (75 in 2014) single-season totals in program history.
In the last three seasons, Lyons' hitters have earned four Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America awards to complement Tauchman's 2013 consensus All-America award. In addition, Bradley's position players have collected 15 All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in his first five years, highlighted by designated hitter Greg Partyka, who earned first-team All-MVC notice in 2013 and 2014 to become the first Bradley hitter selected a 2-time All-MVC first-teamer since first baseman Daren Epley in 1987 and 1988.