Bryan Aughney began his tenure at Our Lady of the Lake University on June 21, 2017. He is a native of Bozeman, Mont., and comes to OLLU after five seasons as head baseball coach at Harlingen High School, where he also taught business. His teams made three trips to the UIL State Playoffs and accumulated an overall record of 73-64. In his first year there, he was named Valley Morning Star Coach of the Year.
Prior to Harlingen, Aughney had much success as head coach at the University of Texas at Brownsville (now consolidated with the University of Texas-Pan American to form the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) for four seasons (and one season as assistant coach), when the Scorpions were part of the NAIA. His teams from 2008-2012 accumulated an overall record of 124-107 and twice qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. The RRAC honored 15 of his players as first-team all-conference, four were selected to the Gold Glove team, two were pitchers of the year and 44 were scholar athletes. One of his players was selected as NAIA All-American and four were offered professional baseball contracts. Aughney also was the conference's baseball chair, leading the rearrangement of the conference alignment and the dissolving of divisional play, conference scheduling, operations procedures and oversight.
Aughney's teams dedicated many hours to the NAIA Champions of Character program as volunteers for the Moody Clinic, and in programs promoting breast cancer awareness and youth motivation.
Before arriving in Brownsville, Aughney had assistant-coach stints at Bellevue University (NAIA) and Northland College (NCAA DIII). From 2006-2007 at Bellevue, the team was the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference champion, the Region IV champions and the Plains Super Region champions. They qualified for the NAIA World Series, and three players were offered professional contracts.
In addition, he was the assistant coach for the Wisconsin Woodchucks, where 11 players were drafted.
As a player at Dawson Community College, his team was the conference and region champions and qualified for the NJCAA Division III World Series. While at Northland, he helped his team reach the NAIA Regional Tournament, and he was a two-time all-conference selectee.
Aughney earned a business and economics degree from Northland College and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University. He is married to April Aughney (Garza) of San Benito, Texas. They are parents to eight-year-old daughter Angelin and newborn son Chase.
Jeremy Flores coached the Saints in the 2017 season as interim head coach. He resumes his duties as assistant coach, a position he has held since 2014.
This past season, Flores guided the Saints to a 23-27 overall record and 13-12 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) record. His team featured a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete and 16 RRAC Scholar Athletes. Four of his players were named to the All-Conference Team - Matt Beasley, Orlando Collado, Seth Garcia and Brandon Cogbill. This season, his top player Orlando Collado became the Saints all-time career leader in batting average (.360), slugging percentage (.610), on-base percentage (.421). Collado also became the Saints all-time season leader in doubles (24) and RBIs (41).
In 2016, Flores guided the Saints to a fifth-place finish in the RRAC regular season with a conference record of 18-14. The Saints qualified for the postseason tournament and lost the first game to Jarvis Christian College 6-11. They went on to defeat the University of Houston-Victoria 12-8 and the dropped their last game to LSU-Alexandria 1-9 to end their season with an overall 29-27 record. Three Saints were named to the All-Conference Team -- Anthony DeJesus, Jordan Hackett and JB Martinez.
In the Saints' first season, they finished in fourth-place in the RRAC regular season with a conference record of 15-12. They qualified for the postseason tournament and defeated Bacone 15-7 and LSU-Alexandria 4-3 in the first day. In the fifth game of the tournament, the Saints lost to LSU-Shreveport 12-4 and advanced to the semifinals game against LSU-Alexandria and were defeated to end their season at 26-29-1. Flores helped produce three First Team All-Conference selections as well as one Second-Team All-Conference player and one Pitcher of the Week award winner. He also helped produce the school's first-ever NAIA National Gold Glove Award Winner in Jordan Hackett.
After completing his first season as an assistant coach at Texas A&M University -- Kingsville, Flores helped the Javelinas to a second straight Lone Star Conference Championship and a third straight regional championship appearance. The Javelinas were ranked as high as No. 4 in NCAA Division II national polls. Flores coached 11 All Lone Star Conference selections including seven first-team selections, three second-team selections and one honorable-mention selection along with both the Player of the Year and Academic Player of the Year. Of those 11 players, five were selected to the Daktronics Division II South Central Regional first and second teams and one Daktronics All-American selection.
He recently served his second season as assistant coach for the Victoria Generals of the Texas Collegiate League leading them to a second consecutive TCL Championship appearance in a record breaking season in which the team broke the single season wins with 37. Along with having nine TCL all-star selections and both the Pitcher of the Year (Kris Looper- University of Incarnate Word) and the Batting Title Champion (Justin Pacchioli- Lehigh University), he was also selected to be the assistant coach on the all-star team to represent the South Division. Throughout his two years on the coaching staff, the team produced five MLB First Year Player Draftees including: 2014- Argenis Angulo (Cleveland Indians 19th round), Taylor Hearn (Minnesota Twins 25th round) and Drake Roberts (Cleveland Indians 29th round); 2013- Glenn Sparkman (Kansas City Royals 20th round) and Kyle Thornell (Colorado Rockies 34th round); and one player signing a free agent contract: Alvaro Rondon (Arizona Diamondbacks).
Flores recently served as the assistant coach for the Waccamaw Waves of the Beach Collegiate Baseball League in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and led the inaugural campaign to a second place finish in the Atlantic Division and a playoff appearance. Under Flores, the team produced five BCBL all-star selections and was selected to serve as an assistant coach in the BCBL All-Star game.
Flores played all four years of his collegiate career at Texas A&M University-- Kingsville, where he had a standout campaign in which he broke both the single season and career records for saves as the team's full-time closer. Throughout his career, he was a vital part of a pitching staff that won two conference championships and reached the regional championship game in two consecutive seasons.
Flores graduated from Texas A&M University -- Kingsville with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is from Victoria, Texas.
Flores and his fiancé Katrina reside in San Antonio and are parents to two-year-old daughter, Kyleigh.
Jake Mendiola joined the Saints baseball coaching staff in spring 2016. He is a native of Kingsville, Texas, and he graduated from Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C.
During high school, he was a standout catcher and received All-Region honors during his senior year. Upon completion of high school, Mendiola signed with the JUCO D1 power house, University of South Carolina-Sumter. During his two-year stay, he led his team to two conference tournament appearances, one super regional appearance and a Region X championship. After two years in South Carolina, Mendiola transferred to his hometown to play for Texas A&M University- Kingsville. While in Kingsville Mendiola continued to lead his team to post-season play for both his junior and senior year. During his senior year, he lead his team to a regional tournament appearance and was named First-Team All-Conference as a catcher in the Lone Star Conference, while boasting a .331 batting average and leading the team in both doubles (12) and RBIs (39), while maintaining a .984 fielding percentage.
After his collegiate career, Mendiola signed with the Amarillo Sox of the American Association of Independent Baseball, but was later released and signed with the Rio Grande Valley White Wings of the United Baseball League. Mendiola received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a Sport Business concentration. He will bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the game to the players this year and will primarily be working with the hitters and catchers.
Father Cristopher Robinson returns for his fouirth year as the chaplain for the OLLU Saints Baseball Team. He has been the rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Antonio for four years.He and his wife Kristina have been married for 21 years, and they have two sons, Michael and Zachary.
Robinson is an ardent supporter of education, and is an adjunct faculty member at St. George Episcopal School in the Sacred Studies department in addition to his responsibilities at St. Francis. He previously served on the Episcopal Schools Commission of the Diocese of West Texas. He also serves on the Ecumenical Commission. He volunteers every year to lead a camp session at Camp Capers, our diocesan summer camp.
A Texas native, Robinson earned degrees in Civil Engineering at Rice and The University of Texas at Austin, and was previously employed as an airport consultant before going to seminary.