Wilson FieldWilson Field serves at the home for Davidson baseball. Opening in 1967 as Wildcat Park, the first game was held on March 19, 1967. On March 19, 2005, 38 years after the first game was played, the Wildcats dedicated their newly-renovated baseball field and renamed it Wilson Field. read more
After six seasons as associate head coach, Rucker Taylor takes the reins as head coach of the Davidson baseball program in July 2018.
Taylor’s impact can be seen anywhere he goes. His instruction helped lead both Davidson and Samford, where he was prior to joining the Wildcats, to their first-ever regional and super regionals in school history. As a player at Vanderbilt, he was also a member of the first Super Regional team in program history.
Since joining the staff prior to the 2013 season, Davidson baseball has achieved five consecutive 28+ win seasons and claimed four straight Atlantic 10 Tournament berths, including back-to-back Championship games. The ‘Cats have ranked in the top of the league in multiple offensive categories since Taylor’s tenure began, as well as earning national rankings in slugging and on-base percentages, home runs, and walks. His expertise has helped 16 former players to be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Ryan Munger joined the Davidson baseball coaching staff for the fall 2013 season and serves as an assistant coach, working primarily with catchers but also assists with hitting and was elevated to recruiting coordinator in July 2018.
During his tenure, the catching corps have improved to a 44% success rate on throwing out base runners attempting to steal.
Munger’s guidance helped the Wildcats turn in their most successful season in program history in 2017, where they followed up with a 2018 season that saw Davidson register the most wins for a regular season (32) and boast the best winning percentage in modern era program history. Munger’s direction led Wildcats catcher Eric Jones to a MVP season, earning National Player of the Week honors, as well as being named the 19th best catcher in Division I by d1baseball.com. Jones was the second-ever Davidson player to be named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, both coming since Munger began managing the catching staff. Munger’s assisted supervision of the ‘Cats offense led to a league-best 60 long balls, led by the junior duo of Jones and outfielder Justin Lebek’s 11. Davidson finished the season nationally ranked in the statistic.
In his first official move as head coach, Rucker Taylor announced the hiring of Parker Bangs to complete his inaugural staff. Bangs joined Davidson baseball July 2018, and will serve as the team’s pitching coach and assist with recruiting and game day operations.
Bangs joins the Wildcats after spending the last three seasons at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., where he held the same role. While at Presby, Bangs led the Blue Hose to a number of program-bests since moving to Division I, including 433 strikeouts, 16 saves, and a 4.32 ERA in 2017. The squad also allowed its fewest runs (321) and earned runs (258) since 2013 as the team recorded a D1-era best 32 wins. Under his guidance, the Blue Hose named two pitchers to the All-Big South squads.
Presby’s pitching staff also made significant strides in 2016 under Bangs’ first season, including making their first-ever appearance in the Big South title game.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Blake Mathews joined the DC Baseball staff in January 2018, where he served as pitching coach during that upcoming season. In addition to managing bullpens, Blake also assists with outfielders and helps coordinate camps, recruiting, and daily field maintenance.
Under Mathews’ guidance, the 2018 Wildcat pitching staff spent the majority of the season leading the league in earned run average, a category they also ranked in the Top 20 nationally. The staff also ranked in the Top 3 in the league and Top 30 in the country in fewest walks allowed. Senior southpaw Evan Roberts turned in the best season of his career, tossing three complete games, striking out six or more in six games this season, including a career-high 12 on the road at A-10 foe Rhode Island. Roberts hurled his first CG shutout on the road at Richmond, and then responded with his final CG, also against Richmond in the opening round of the A-10 Championship, where he surrendered just one walk and landed on the All-Championship squad for his performance. Fellow veteran Connor Gordon no-hit ACC power Wake Forest en route to a A-10 Pitcher of the Week honor and was ranked in the Top five in the country in ERA throughout the 2018 campaign, finishing with just 16 runs in nearly 50 innings.
Prior to Davidson, Mathews completed a stint at Samford University, where he served as the squad’s director of player development. While there, he implemented the SYDEX Bats software system, assisting with recruiting, and coordinated with the Bulldogs’ video department.