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...... Rodriguez Named Head Coach .....
Steve Rodriguez, who enjoyed a successful playing and coaching career at Pepperdine University, has been selected as Baylor University's 19th head baseball coach, Vice President and Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced June 12, 2015.
Jon Strauss brings more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, spending the previous six seasons alongside Rodriguez at Pepperdine as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time with the Waves, the Southern California native helped Rodriguez win two West Coast Conference regular season titles, two WCC Tournament titles, make three NCAA Regional and one Super Regional appearances. He helped develop All-American and 2014 WCC Pitcher of the Year Aaron Brown along with 15 All-WCC pitchers, four WCC All-Freshman Team pitchers and had 12 pitchers taken in the MLB Draft. From 2010-15 Pepperdine pitchers compiled a 3.78 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with 34 complete games, 24 shutouts, 71 saves, 3,002 hits allowed, 1,264 walks and 2,194 strikeouts in 342 games and 3,053.1 innings. "I'm very glad to bring Coach Strauss with me from Pepperdine," said Baylor head coach Steve Rodriguez. "He'll be a valuable asset in developing our pitchers, which is what he did a great job of at Pepperdine. He's full of energy, loves being on the field and has a passion for developing players." Prior to his time at Pepperdine, Strauss had three separate stays with Long Beach State as an assistant coach (1995-2000, 2006, 2008-09). At LBSU, he helped the program win three Big West championships, appear in six Regionals and finish third at the 1998 College World Series. In 2008, five of his pitchers were taken in the first five rounds of the MLB Draft, including Big West Pitcher of the Year Andrew Liebel. Overall, 65 players signed pro contracts while Strauss was at Long Beach State.
Mike Taylor brings over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, serving the last two as hitting, catching and third base coach for Houston under Todd Whitting. While with the Cougars he helped UH to a pair of 40-win seasons, 2015 American Athletic Conference regular season title, 2014 AAC Championship title, two Regionals and one Super Regional. He had five hitters picked in the MLB Draft, three ABCA All-Region hitters and eight All-AAC hitters. From 2014-15 the UH offense averaged 5.4 runs per game, hit .272 and blasted 61 home runs with 574 walks in 129 games.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Ruben Noriega enters his first season as volunteer assistant coach with the Bears. Noriega's duties will include working with the catchers, coaching first base, assisting with the hitters and will serve as Baylor Baseball Camp Director.