BRYAN AUGHNEY begins his fourth 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.
During the 2020 season, Aughney led OLLU to a 15-10 overall record and a commanding 5-1 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) mark before the season ended due to COVID-19. The Saints tallied wins against four ranked teams and pitcher Logan Garza set a Saints single-game strikeout record with 17 against Texas College.
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 a 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.
ZACH LUEVANOS returns as an assistant coach for the Saints after spending one season with the team in 2017. He comes to OLLU after spending a year at the University of Texas as San Antonio (UTSA) as a volunteer coach.
He spent the previous two seasons as a volunteer assistant for University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) baseball Head Coach Patrick Hallmark. While there, he was the camp coordinator, and he worked with hitters, catchers and outfielders.
During his time with the UIW Cardinals, Luevanos worked with three players that earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors over two seasons.
Outfielder Ridge Rogers earned a spot on the team after the 2018 campaign, after posting a .350 (72-for-206), 34 runs scored and driving in 34 runs. Catcher Taylor Smith hit .322 (49-for-208), including 16 home runs, 11 doubles and four triples with 42 runs scored and 35 RBIs, securing his spot on the 2019 team. Third baseman Antonio Valdez was named to the 2019 squad after posting a .302 average (65-for-215), including 14 doubles, six triples and four home runs, scoring 52 runs and driving in 31.
Luevanos served as an assistant coach at OLLU in 2017, working with the offense and catchers. Three players on the team – Matt Beasley, Orlando Collado and Seth Garcia earned Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) All-Conference recognition. Shortstop Collado set several all-time records that still stand today. He is the all-time leader in batting average at .360 and is third all-time in doubles with 24. He has the best slugging percentage at .610. Third baseman Beasley also had a third all-time record of 24 doubles and all-time record of triples with six. Garcia, a catcher, is fifth in a season in putouts with 271.
After serving as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Lamar, in 2013, Luevanos turned his focus to management and training. He served as the Director of Baseball Operations for two baseball training facilities in Beaumont, Texas, from 2014-2016.
The two-time All-South Texas and one-time All-State performer at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, hit .448 as a senior and .420 as a junior. Luevanos began his collegiate career at NJCAA Seminole State College in Oklahoma, where he earned All-Region honors both seasons. As a redshirt freshman in 2010, he registered a .387 batting average with 13 doubles and 12 home runs, scoring 24 runs and driving in 41. In 2011, he posted a .343 batting average with 17 doubles and five home runs, with 40 runs scored and 52 RBIs.
Luevanos transferred to NCAA D1 Lamar University for his final two seasons, where he was a .264 (62-for-235) hitter, with 21 runs scored and 36 RBIs. As a senior, he garnered All-Southland Conference honors after posting a .267 (40-for-150) average, with seven doubles, 14 runs scored and 22 RBIs in 48 games.
His cousins, Tony and Rudy Jaramillo are former MLB hitting coaches.
BENJAMIN GARCIA begins his first season at Our Lady of the Lake University. Garcia comes from Laredo College.
Before Laredo, he was at East Central High School in San Antonio. There, Garcia taught Special Education, World History and coached baseball. On the baseball team, he coached infielders and assisted with the team offense. In his two years as an assistant coach at East Central, the Hornets compiled a record of 50-20-3 of which included two post-season appearances in the Texas state playoffs and a 26-6A-district championship.
Garcia was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he graduated from Foy H. Moody High School. At Moody, he was a second-team all-district selection his senior year and helped the Trojans advance to their twelfth state tournament appearance.
After high school, Garcia attended Laredo Community College, where he played two years of college baseball before transferring to The University of Texas at San Antonio. Garcia received his degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Kinesiology, Education and History in the winter of 2017.
Coach Garcia also coaches summer baseball for the South Texas Sliders.
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.
RUSSELL BROWN joins the Our Lady of the Lake University baseball coaching staff in 2020-2021 as a volunteer assistant.
Brown played for the Saints during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 season as an outfielder. While at OLLU, he earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition after maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA in 2019. He also was awarded RRAC Scholar-Athlete honors both years at OLLU. In 2018, he was his team's Top Saint.
His records include second all-time in stolen bases with 42 and fifth all-time in total runs with 63 and in hits with 91. In 2018, he is first in fielding percentage at 1,000 and in stolen bases/attempts with 26/27. In a game in 2017, he had the second-most hits with four. He played a total of 87 games during his two seasons at OLLU.
He received his degree in May 2018.
FATHER CRISTOPHER ROBINSON returns for his seventh 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).