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 15 seasons at the helm of the Bobcats. The winningest coach in Texas State baseball history, Harrington 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 16th season at Texas State, Harrington sports a 507-378 all-time record, including a 276-160 record during conference play. He has helped produce 74 all-conference selections, and 39 of Harrington's players have been chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft, including four in 2014 headlined by pitcher Austen Williams in the sixth round.
In 2014, Harrington earned a milestone 500th victory against Baylor on April 24, 2014. The Bobcats had a good start to the season, winning nine of their first 11 games including a seven-game winning streak. In a double-elimination conference tournament, Texas State also challenged eventual champion UL Lafayette in a thrilling 4-3 game.
The Bobcats had a tough start to 2013, but Harrington pulled the team together to finish strong en route to a second place finish in the conference. In a rare occurence, the Bobcats won their final game of postseason play but due to an unusual round robin tournament in the Western Athletic Conference, Texas State's season came to a close.
Jeremy Fikac will begin his seventh season as an assistant coach for the Bobcats in 2014. Last season, Fikac was promoted to recruiting coordinator and pitching coach after another move up in the fall of 2008 from his volunteer assistant position.
In his first five years, Fikac worked with the team's hitters along with handling scheduling duties and assisting recruiting but in 2013 he took over as pitching coach. The move made sense as Fikac is a former major league pitcher. Still, his offensive guidance only helped Texas State.
Under Fikac's tutelage, the Bobcats put together several outstanding offensive seasons. 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.
Mike Silva joined the Bobcats in 2013 with four years of head coaching experience at the junior college level. In his first season at Texas State, Silva worked primarily with the team's position players.
In Silva's first season, the Bobcats were slow to adjust to his philosophies but came around before the end. In non-conference play, Texas State only hit .256, but once the team caught on to Silva, the average took a jump. Texas State hit .312 in conference play. Silva led three starters to .300+ seasons and three Bobcat hitters were named All-WAC selections.
Before Texas State, 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 13 years. His squad was ranked as high as 11th nationally during the season and finished with the ninth-best team grade point average in the country.
Volunteer Assistant Coach