John Musachio enters his eighth season overall and sixth as head baseball coach at Oakland University. Musachio was named The Summit League Coach of the Year in 2012, becoming the first-ever OU coach to earn that distinction.
The Golden Grizzlies had their finest season inside The Summit League in 2012. OU finished 15-6 and a half-game behind 13-time champion Oral Roberts. Oakland won 21 of its final 29 games en route to setting a new school record with 15 league wins. The 25 wins was the second-most in the Division I era, behind only the 28 wins in 2000.
Since Musachio took over the baseball program, the Golden Grizzlies have broken multiple school records and continue to make appearances in The Summit League tournament. Prior to 2008, Oakland had made a total of three appearances in the league tournament in eight seasons. Under Musachio's direction, the Grizzlies are coming off tournament appearances in 2 of 3 seasons and will serve as the tournament host in 2013 for the first time in program history.
Under the tutelage of Musachio, several players have made professional debuts. Left-handed pitcher Hayden Fox (2010-12) was taken in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft in the 21st round by the Miami Marlins and signed, forgoing his senior season. Shortstop D.J. Jarrad (2008-11) signed a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and just completed his first season of professional baseball. Right-handed pitcher Shane McCatty (2008-09) was selected in the 34th round by the Washington Nationals in 2009 and played for the Single-A Potomac Nationals in `12.
Ty Rogers begins his first season as an assistant coach at Oakland in 2012-13. Rogers will work with recruiting and infielders in addition to assisting with the offense.
Prior to joining Oakland, Rogers spent last season as an assistant at Bradley where he was in charge of the outfield defense, assisted with the hitters, and coached first-base on game days. Under his instruction, freshman centerfielder Max Murphy was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger All-American team, which is selected by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. In 2012, the Braves hit 46 home runs with a .398 team slugging percentage, which both ranked top three in the Missouri Valley Conference. Prior to his time at Bradley, Rogers spent a year as an assistant coach at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. During his time at Parkland, Rogers was responsible for recruiting and infield defense, while working extensively with the hitters. In his time with the Cobras, Rogers saw 16 players sign with 4-year schools and the team earned a preseason #8 national ranking heading into the season.
A graduate of Lafayette (Ind.) Jefferson High School, Rogers played collegiately at Indiana where he was a starter at second base or centerfield. Among his highlights with the Hoosiers, Rogers helped Indiana breeze through the 2009 Big Ten Tournament to win the program's first conference championship since 1996 and earn a spot in the NCAA Louisville Regional. A former All-Big Ten player at Indiana, Rogers led the team with 15 doubles in 2009, helping Indiana to a 16-7 (.696) regular-season record in Big Ten conference play. When Indiana reached the Big Ten tournament, the offense hit .411 and bashed 16 doubles, both tourney records. An All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2010, Rogers finished seventh in the Big Ten with a .377 batting average that season and he was the league's leading hitter in conference play with a .427 average. His performance at the plate in 2010 also helped Indiana (.328) become the only NCAA Division I school from 2008-10 to post a team batting average of .325 or higher. Also in 2010, the Hoosiers set a team record with 85 home runs on the year, a total that finished 25th nationally. Rogers posted the seventh-best career batting average (.349) in program history. He still holds the IU record for most RBIs in a conference game, from his six-RBI effort against Michigan.
Ryan Hilton joins the Oakland baseball coaching staff for the 2012-13 season. His primary duties for the season will include catcher instruction and assisting with hitters.
Hilton joins Oakland after four years as the varsity coach at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Fla. where he won back-to-back district and league titles.
Hilton spent four years as the varsity pitching coach at Troy High School from 2002-05. He also gained coaching experience at Canisius and D'Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Hilton played hist collegiate baseball at Canisius, where he won the 1994 MAC championship. He was also an NJCAA All Star during his two years at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich.