Sogard Tabbed to Lead
Alex Sogard, an assistant coach at Wright State for the last two years, was named the Raider head baseball coach, WSU Director of Athletics Bob Grant announced today. He replaces Jeff Mercer, who accepted the head coach position at Indiana University earlier this week. read more
Alex Sogard joined the Raider staff in August of 2016 as assistant baseball coach/pitching coach.
Sogard, who was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2010, has also played minor league baseball in the Arizona Diamondbacks and Baltimore Orioles organizations as recently as this season. He also works as the pitching instructor for several elite camps, including the Pro 5 Academy.
He started as a freshman at Oregon State where OSU won the 2006 and 2007 national titles before moving to North Carolina State for his final two collegiate seasons where they won the regional championship in 2008. Sogard was drafted the Diamondbacks in 2008 but chose to stay in school, ultimately being drafted by the Astros in 2010.
Matt Talarico, formerly an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, joined the Raider baseball coaching staff in August, 2015. He serves as the infield, baserunning and hitting coach and is also the player development coordinator
While at Dayton during the 2011-15 seasons, Talarico oversaw recruiting as well as hitting, offensive production and baserunning. Under his guidance, the Flyers improved its base running game, setting many school marks and ranking among the nation’s best.
In 2015, Dayton continued their impressive base running under Talarico. The Flyers ranked 14th in the nation in steals per game and 15th in the nation in steals. Senior Robby Sunderman led the team with 21 steals.
Nate Metzger was named assistant coach/recruiting coordinator with the Wright State baseball program in July 2016.
Serving as director of athletics and head coach at Heartland Community College from 2006-16, Metzger was a four-time NJCCA Region Coach of the Year while 121 of 135 student-athletes continued baseball and academic careers at four-year universities, 84 going to Division I programs.
Metzger will assist WSU head coach Jeff Mercer with the day to day administrative duties, coach the catchers and assist with the offense.
Student Assistant Coach
Chris Rodriguez joins the WSU coaching staff after finishing his the last two seasons with the Raiders. Rodriguez will serve as the Director of Player Development/Data Analyst where he will assist in video and data analysis.
In 2016-2017, his first season at Wright State, he appeared in 9 games with 3 starts with 20 2/3 IP and 23 strikeouts. In 2017-2018, his senior season was cut short due injury where he found himself leading and handling the Raider bullpen for the remainder of the season.
Prior to Wright State, Rodriguez played for Kishwaukee College during the 2016 season under Coach Josh Pethoud. During his time there, he led the Kougars to an Arrowhead Conference championship. He was named to the all JuCo Region Four team after an 8-2 record with 74 IP and 97 strikeouts.
Rodriguez received his Bachelors degree in Organizational Leadership from Wright State and is the son of Ozzie and Christine Rodriguez.