Since taking over the baseball program in 2000, head coach Ty Harrington has built Texas State into an annual contender both regionally and on the national stage. The 2011 and 2009 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Harrington has won at least 29 games while posting a winning record in conference play during each of his 12 seasons at the helm of the Bobcats. The winningest coach in Texas State baseball history, Harrington has led the Bobcats to back-to-back-to-back Southland Conference championships (2009, 2010, 2011), three NCAA Regional Tournament appearances (2000, 2009, 2011) and a program record for most wins in a season in 2009 that the team again tied in 2011.
Entering his 14th season at Texas State, Harrington sports a 448-321 all-time record, including a 244-135 record during Conference play. He has helped produce 60 all-conference selections, and 33 of Harrington's players have been chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft.
In 2012, The Bobcats began the season strong with a 14-6 record through the team's first 20 games, the second best 20-game start to a season since Harrington took over in 2000. The start helped catapult Texas State up to No. 20 in the Baseball America rankings, the highest since the program began in 1985, and No. 30 in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
eremy Fikac will begin his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Bobcats in 2012. Fikac was promoted in the fall of 2008 from his volunteer assistant position.
Fikac works with the team's hitters along with handling scheduling duties and assisting recruiting coordinator Derek Matlock with recruiting efforts.
Under Fikac's guidance, the Bobcats have put together several outstanding seasons offensively. In 2009, 12 batters hit higher than .300, while Paul Goldschmidt earned all-America honors in addition to being named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Year for the second straight season. In 2010, eight Bobcats hit above .300 and five position players were named to all-Southland Conference teams. Last season, Fikac mentored Casey Kalenkosky who broke the Texas State single-season record for home runs with 21 and also earned all-American status.
Prior to joining the Bobcat baseball staff, Fikac spent seven years in the professional circuit as a pitcher, playing for the San Diego Padres, the Oakland A's and the Montreal Expos.
Mike Silva comes to the Bobcats for his first season in 2013 with four years of head coaching experience at the junior college level. Silva will work primarily with the team's position players.
Most recently, Silva was the head coach at Galveston College for the 2012 season when he led the team to its first regional tournament in five years and first season above .500 in the past 13 years. His squad was ranked as high as 11th nationally during the season and finished with the ninth-best team GPA in the country.
Prior to Galveston, Silva spent three seasons at Clarendon College as the team's head coach. His teams won 111 games during his three-year stint, making Silva the winningest coach in the program's history. His 2010 team achieved the second highest ranking in school history (15) when he also produced the school's second all-American, a Rawlings Big Stick Award winner and the conference player of the year.
Silva, a native of Hull, Mass., was an assistant coach at Clarendon in 2008 when the team won 40 games - the second most in school history - and advanced to the regional championship. It marked the second assistant coaching stint for Silva with Clarendon after he also served as an assistant from 2003-05.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Shaun Garcia returns to the Bobcat baseball program as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2013 season after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Hardin-Simmons a season ago.
The 2013 season marks Garcia's second season as an assistant with Texas State as he served as a student coach in 2011, after playing two seasons for the Bobcats. During his two seasons as a player, Garcia hit .290 with 23 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 63 games played. He was part of two Southland Conference Championships for the Bobcats as well as Regional Championship in 2009.
While at Hardin-Simmons, Garcia worked with the team's outfielder and also coached first base, a position he also assumes at Texas State. Garcia began work on a Master's in counseling, a degree he is currently pursuing.
Prior to playing for Texas State, Garcia spent two seasons playing at Grayson County College, helping the team to a 2008 NJCAA National Championship.