Bryan Aughney begins his third season as head coach for the OLLU baseball team. 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.
In 2019, Aughney guided the Saints to a record-breaking season with a 31-24 overall record and 18-9 in conference - the best in five years. In addition, Jose Diaz broke career records in at-bats with 521, runs with 106, hits with 163, doubles with 30, RBIs with 102, bases with 231 and stolen bases with 48; Jacob Mitchell is the new career leader in on-base percentage at .467 and in fielding at .990; Ryan Ramsey set the all-time record in games played with 158; and Logan Garza tied a season-high of shutouts with three and in strikeouts with 101. The other team's new records include best away record with 13-9, most stolen bases with 117, best fielding percentage with .959, least amount of hits allowed (pitching) with 421, most strikeouts with 406 and best opponent batting average (pitching) with .258. The team made their fourth trip to the conference tournament.
This past season, Aughney guided the Saints to a 25-29 overall and 16-11 conference record. THe team made their third trip to the conference tournament.
The team was led by Jordan Hackett, a 3-time All-Conference recipient and the all-time leader in all pitching categories. Receiving Gold Glove recognition were Jacob Mitchell and Alec Martinez, and along with Hackett, Logan Garza was named to the All-Conference Team. Also Russell Brown was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. This year marks the first time the team has earned NAIA Scholar Team recognition.
His overall head coaching record is 253-224 spanning 10 years at the collegiate and high school level.
Before 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 2008-2018 accumulated an overall record of 149-136 and twice qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. The RRAC honored 16 of his players as first-team all-conference, six were selected to the Gold Glove team, two were pitchers of the year, and 60 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.
Also, 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 daughter Angelin and 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, the team boasted a 31-24 record which marks the most wins in program history. The team finished second in the Red River Athletic Conference standings which is also the highest finish in program history. The team featured three First-Team All-Conference selections: Jose Diaz (OF), Logan Garza (Starting Pitcher) and& Aaron Gonzalez (Starting Pitcher). The pitching staff under Flores' guidance would break program records in ERA and total strikeouts, and the Saints threw the first no-hitter in program history. Logan Garza also tied the single-season strikeout record (101).
In 2018, Flores helped guide the Saints to 25-29 overall and 16-11 in the Red River Athletic Conference. His team featured a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete and 16 RRAC Scholar Athletes. Two of his players were named to the All-Conference Team - Jordan Hackett (First-Team Starting Pitcher) and Logan Garza (Second-Team Relief Pitcher); and two received Gold Glove honors - Alec Martinez and Jacob Mitchell.
In 2017, the team boasted a 23-27 overall record and 13-12 Red River Athletic Conference 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). Brandon Cogbill also set the single-season strikeout record (101).
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 wife Katrina reside in San Antonio and are parents to three-year-old daughter, Kyleigh.
Mike Light has joined the baseball coaching staff as a student assistant. Light is a native of San Antonio, where he graduated from Brennan High School. He transferred to OLLU in 2017 from Clarendon College.
Light played in 50 games, 30 as a starter at first base and catcher. He tallied 21 hits, 10 runs, four home runs and 25 RBIs.
TJ Kassner joined the Saints coaching staff in the fall of 2019. He played on the team in 2016 and 2019 in 97 games and 300 at-bats. He accumulated 80 runs, 90 hits, 39 RBIs and 42 stolen bases. His career batting average was .300 and on-base percentage, .402.
Father Cristopher Robinson returns for his sixth year as the chaplain for the OLLU Saints Baseball Team. Over the last nine years, volunteering as chaplain for two collegiate baseball programs, he has helped to mentor more than a hundred university graduates, numerous academic all-conference scholars and one Academic All-American. A lifetime advocate for education, Fr. Cristopher has held leadership positions in seven different parishes that have parochial schools as a part of their core mission. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at St. George Episcopal School and also served on the Episcopal Schools Commission for the Diocese of West Texas.
Away from the dugout and the classroom, Fr. Cristopher has led churches whose outreach efforts have impacted the communities around them. Most recently, his congregation hosted the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic, a collaborative-effort free medical clinic run by UT Health students and faculty. They also were the host site for the International Community Garden and provided space for three congregations of Christians made up of refugees to the United States: New Life Creation Fellowship Church (Nepali), God Inspiration Church (Liberian) and St. Teklehaimanot Eritrean Orthodox Church. They partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank and an in-house team called “Worshippers for Warmth” to provide food and clothing for neighbors in their area. Fr. Cristopher has traveled to Tanzania and Northern Mexico to lead short-term mission trips and has led numerous retreats, camps and conferences for college- and high school-age youth.
A Texas native, Fr. Cristopher earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rice University, a Master of Science in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Divinity from The Seminary of the Southwest. Before entering ordained ministry (in the Episcopal Church), he worked as a consulting engineer, specializing in airport design. He has been married to Kristina for 23 years, and they are parents to two sons, Michael (18) and Zachary (11).