Head Coach: Illinois State University
Bo Durkac was named the Illinois State head baseball coach on June 19, 2014, as announced by Director of Athletics Larry Lyons. Durkac has 12 years of coaching experience, including five seasons with the Redbirds, serving as an associate head coach for the past two seasons, and is widely respected throughout the sport.
As the associate head coach, Durkac's responsibilities included spearheading recruiting, as well as working with ISU hitters and infielders. Not only does his experience include 12 years of coaching, but it also includes seven years of playing professionally spanning the globe.
At the end of the 2014 season, six Redbirds were selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, which set a program record for players picked in a single draft. Offensively, ISU was second in the conference in on-base percentage (.378), triples (16) and walks (262). The team finished third in batting average (.272), runs scored (313) and runs batted in (287). During the 2014 season, Durkac helped lead the Redbirds to their second-straight Valley Tournament Championship game, as ISU finished the regular season in fifth place.
During the 2014 season, Durkac also helped develop Paul DeJong, who was named a Valley First Team honoree. DeJong led Illinois State in most offensive categories this spring, including batting average (.360), on-base percentage (.443), slugging percentage (.605), hits (72), home runs (8), doubles (19), triples (3), total bases (121) and runs batted in (45). He finished second in the Valley in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage. DeJong appeared in 50 games for Illinois State and spent time defensively at second base, third base, catcher and shortstop.