The 16th baseball coach in school history, Daron Schoenrock enters his 12th season in charge of the Memphis baseball program and his 31st year of coaching college baseball.
The 2015 season was one of the clubs’ finest in recent memory, finishing with a 37-21 record and making it to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. The win total marked a school record fifth straight season with more than 30 wins and the ninth time overall for Schoenrock to win 30-plus games at Memphis. Early in the season, he achieved another milestone in his career, picking up his 300th coaching win on February 22 against Central Arkansas. By year's end he had upped his overall record at Memphis to 310-326.
Fueled by an 11-game winning streak early in the season, the Tigers got out to a great start and picked up a win over College World Series participants Arkansas.
Memphis opened conference play with the programs’ first ever series win in Greenville, N.C., taking two-of-three from the eventual American Tournament Champion, East Carolina. The Tigers followed that series by taking down nationally-ranked Houston the following weekend. By seasons’ end, Memphis had gotten the best of Connecticut, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Florida as well.
Following the wins over Ole Miss and UConn, Memphis appeared in the national rankings for the first time since 1994, debuting at No. 24 in the weekly Baseball American poll.
First baseman Tucker Tubbs raked in the postseason honors, being named a Louisville Slugger All-American and the program’s only first-team Academic All-American. Tubbs smashed 17 home runs and drove in 55 RBI while batting .305. He graduated with a 3.87 grade point average in accounting.
Tubbs was selected in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball Draft, becoming Schoenrock’s 20th former player drafted and 22nd to go on to play professionally.
The 2013 Conference USA Coach of the Year, Schoenrock has had three players named as a Conference Player of the year, Chad Zurcher (2011), Jacob Wilson (2012) and Erik Schoenrock (2013). In the summer of 2015 he had his first former Tigers suit up for Team USA, when Jacob Wilson and Scott McGregor played in the Pan American Games.FULL BIO - click here
With more than 25 years of collegiate coaching experience, Russ McNickle was named the associate head coach and pitchers/catchers coach for the Tigers in July 2013.
In his two seasons with the program, McNickle has coached a pair of first-team all-conference pitchers, Caleb Wallingford and Nolan Blackwood. Wallingford compiled a 2.44 ERA and a 6-5 record in 14 starts, while leading the team with 70 strikeouts in 2014. Blackwood, who became the first Memphis pitcher to earn All-America honors in more than 30 years, compiled a 0.52 ERA and a single-season program record 14 saves in 2015.
Memphis posted a third consecutive season with a team ERA under 4.00, finishing with a 3.79 mark. The Tiger pitchers issued just 161 walks in the 58 games played in 2015, which is the lowest total since the 1988 season.
Included in his 25-plus years at the collegiate ranks, McNickle has spent seven years as a head coach. A five-year tenure at Saint Leo University (Division II) and Meridan Community College (NJCAA) comprise McNickle's head coaching experience. McNickle stepped down from Saint Leo after the 2012 season to pursue a scouting job with the San Diego Padres, which he held until joining Memphis.
At Saint Leo, McNickle recruited and developed three Sunshine State Conference Freshmen of the Year over a four-year period. Prior to his tenure at Saint Leo, McNickle was the pitching coach at Mississippi State from 2005-08, helping the Bulldogs to a SEC Tournament title in 2005 and the 2007 College World Series. McNickle began at Mississippi State in 2002 and crossed paths with Coach Schoenrock in the 2002-04 seasons. Schoenrock was the pitching coach for the Bulldogs while McNickle oversaw the catchers and hitters.
The Mobile, Ala., native began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach on Ron Polk's staff at Mississippi State University in 1989 and 1990. The Bulldogs advanced to NCAA tournament competition both seasons, claiming the 1989 SEC regular season title. In 1990, the Bulldogs won a share of the SEC Tournament championship before advancing to the NCAA College World Series in Omaha.
McNickle coached the next 10 seasons in the Sunshine State. He coached pitchers and catchers during a two-year stint (1991-92) as an assistant to Dr. Roger Martinsen at Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Fla. In 1993 he joined the staff of ABCA Hall of Famer Chuck Anderson as an assistant coach at Florida Southern College. During a six-year term (1993-1998) at the NCAA Division II school in Lakeland, Fla., McNickle helped direct the Moccasins to a 265-84 mark, five NCAA postseason appearances, three Sunshine State Conference titles and a pair of berths in the NCAA Division II College World Series. Florida Southern won the national title at the 1995 CWS in Montgomery, Ala., after claiming runner-up honors in 1994. Fifteen FSC players earned All-American status, two earned ABCA National Player of the Year honors, and 28 players were selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
His coaching career continued at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., the next two seasons (1999-2000), where he served as pitching coach and top assistant under coach Eddie Cardieri. Following the 2000 campaign, McNickle returned to Mississippi, this time as head coach at Meridian Community College. His 2001 MCC Eagles club posted a 38-16 record and claimed the Miss-Lou Conference championship.
McNickle's resume also includes past summer collegiate baseball league coaching stints in both the Cape Cod League and the Valley Baseball League. He's also made numerous appearances at clinics and summer baseball camps.
A catcher by trade, McNickle earned all-state honors during his prep baseball career at Mobile Christian High School. He continued his playing career at Patrick Henry State Junior College in Monroeville, Ala., in 1984 and 1985 before earning his bachelor's degree at the University of South Alabama in 1988.
He is married to the former Robin Elliott of Houma, La., and the couple has a son, Trey, and daughter, Jordan. Trey is currently a senior pitcher for the Memphis Tigers.
Clay Greene begins his fifth season as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at the University of Memphis. Greene joined head coach Daron Schoenrock in 2012 after six seasons at East Tennessee State University.
While at ETSU, the Bucs claimed a program-best 36 wins in 2011 and narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament bid. The 2010 season saw several offensive records broken under the guidance of Greene, as the Bucs secured program records for runs scored (503), hits (724), home runs (93), doubles (142) and RBI (471).
Prior to his stint at ETSU, Greene spent three seasons at the University of Tennessee as an assistant, helping guide the Volunteers to the College World Series in 2005. Prior to his coaching career, Greene also played for Tennessee from 1996-97 and spent four seasons playing professionally in the San Francisco farm system.
Greene, who was drafted by the Giants in 1997, played four seasons in the minor leagues. He began his career with Salem-Keizer in the short-season Northwest League before spending two seasons with Bakersfield and a final pro season with the San Jose Giants in the Class A Advanced California League from 1998-2000. He also spent two years coaching at the Thunder Baseball School in Knoxville, Tenn., helping teach youngsters the fundamentals of the game.
As a Vol, Greene helped Tennessee to back-to-back NCAA Regionals in 1996 and 1997. The centerfielder led the nation and set a then-school-record with 54 stolen bases during his senior campaign. He finished his two-year career with a .318 average, eight home runs and 87 stolen bases. He also reeled off a 14-game hitting streak during his final season, while swiping a Southeastern Conference single-game record six bases in seven attempts against MTSU.
A native of Cleveland, Tenn., he helped lead Cleveland High School to a district title and a runner-up finish in the regional during his senior campaign. He also established a school record for stolen bases in a season with 37. He earned his degree in sport management from the University of Tennessee in 2001.
Greene is married to the former Heather Redecker, who played soccer at the University of Tennessee from 1996-99. The couple has a son, AJ and a daughter, Katelyn.