Jared Moon enters his 12th season at the helm of the HBU baseball program, leading the Huskies to a record of 305-312-2. He guided the Huskies to their first-ever NCAA Baseball Championship appearance with a berth in the 2015 Houston Regional.
HBU clinched its postseason ticket by going 4-0 in the 2015 Southland Conference Tournament in Sugar Land, setting an NCAA record for conference tournament play with four-straight complete games by its starting pitchers – Matthew McCollough, Taylor Wright, Ross Kennell and Curtis Jones. Jones was named the Tournament MVP and was joined by Greg Espinosa, Andrew Alvarez and Thomas Clay on the All-Tournament Team. Zach Nehrir and Samm Wiggins earned first-team all-conference honors, while Louie Payetta made the third team. Wiggins was also a first-team all-region selection, and Jones earned his second-straight SLC Utility Player of the Year honor.
Nehrir became the highest draft pick in HBU history, selected with the first pick of the 16th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wiggins signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays, while Wright signed with the Diamondbacks. During his tenure at HBU, both as a head coach and assistant coach, 38 players have gone on to play professional baseball.
The Huskies enter their third season as a member of the Southland Conference, their eighth season of NCAA Division I play overall, and have not shied away from competition, facing top programs such as Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Rice, Houston, TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Dallas Baptist, and New Mexico State. On March 12, 2011, seventh-ranked TCU became the highest-ranked opponent HBU has defeated. The Huskies also recorded an upset of eighth-ranked Houston on March 3, 2015.
Former Tampa Bay Rays minor-league pitching coach Xavier Hernandez, who spent 10 years in the major leagues as a relief pitcher, is in the seventh season of his second stint as assistant baseball coach at Houston Baptist University.
The Huskies claimed their first-ever NCAA Baseball Championship appearance in 2015 by going 4-0 in the Southland Conference Tournament. HBU set the NCAA record in conference tournament play with four-straight complete games by its starting pitchers – Matthew McCollough, Taylor Wright, Ross Kennell and Curtis Jones. Jones was named the Tournament MVP and earned his second-straight SLC Utility Player of the Year honor. Wright signed as a free agent with Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2013, he guided the pitching staff to a 3.75 ERA, and the Huskies won the Great West Conference Tournament title. Junior righthander Ryan Lower was a first-team all-conference selection, and sophomore Tyler Hoelscher was named to the all-tournament team.
Russell Stockton enters his seventh season as assistant coach at Houston Baptist University.
HBU captured its first-ever NCAA Baseball Championship appearance in 2015 by going 4-0 in the Southland Conference Tournament. Stockton also helped lead the Huskies to the Great West Conference Tournament title in 2013.
Prior to HBU, Stockton spent two seasons in his second stint at the University of Houston, one as assistant coach and as associate head coach in 2010. He played a large role in the success of pitchers Donnie Joseph, the 88th overall draft pick in 2009, and Jared Ray, a 38th-round selection in 2010.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Brent Schmidt returns for his fourth year as the volunteer assistant coach at HBU, serving as the Huskies’ primary first base coach. In 2015, the Huskies claimed the Southland Conference Tournament Championship in the program’s first-ever appearance and earned automatic qualifier status for the NCAA Tournament, competing in the Houston Regional. The 2015 squad included five all-conference picks, including the SLC Utility Player of the Year, a first-team all-region pick; as well as 16th-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Zach Nehrir, and Tampa Bay Rays free agent signee Samm Wiggins.
Schmidt helped the Huskies with their inaugural campaign into the Southland Conference in 2014, as HBU led the conference in team batting average (.292), received votes in the NCBWA Top 30, reached the highest RPI (77) in program history, and saw postseason honors with the SLC Utility Player of the Year, and one all-conference pick.
Prior to HBU, Schmidt served as an assistant at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he helped the Javelinas to a school record 42 wins in 2013 – good for a No. 1 ranking in the South Central Region – hosted the NCAA Regional Tournament, regional finals appearance, as well as an LSC Tournament championship. The Javelinas spent 10 weeks ranked in the Top 25 in the country, with the highest ranking at No. 10. He coached the all-Americans, a Regional Player and Pitcher of the Year, six all-region picks, seven LSC All-Conference picks, including Player and Pitcher of the Year.