Freddy Rodriguez was named the first head baseball coach at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) on May 7, 2014. Rodriguez will lead the Saints’ baseball program in its inaugural season, which begins in spring 2015 through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as part of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). He started his position at OLLU on June 1, 2014.
Rodriguez came to OLLU from NAIA/RRAC opponent Texas College (TC), where he served as the head baseball coach for eight seasons (2006-2014) leading TC to six consecutive RRAC Championship Tournament appearances from 2009-2014. During his leadership at Texas College, Rodriguez was instrumental in the growth of the baseball program after successfully recruiting players from 18 different U.S. states, as well as Puerto Rico. Rodriguez also served as an instructor at Texas College from 2008-2013 and was promoted to Athletic Director for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is committed and prides himself to high academic standards and graduation rates. Three of his teams earned the highest GPA among all other athletic programs at TC. He also boasted an 84-percent graduation rate among seniors who came through his program.
Some of the notable accomplishments for Rodriguez while at Texas College included a record-setting 2012 season, when his team set the school record for wins in a season, set a NAIA team national single-game record for hit batsmen in a game (13), and player, Matt McEuen, tied a national single-game record by hitting three triples in one game. Twenty of his players were named to the All-Conference team and six received Gold Glove awards. In addition, five of his former players are now college coaches: Matt Williams-Valdosta State and most notably, Mike Holochuck-Jarvis Christian College, and their assistants, Nick Pena and Jon Anderson, all of whom played under and coached alongside Rodriguez while at Texas College.
Rodriguez has extensive collegiate summer-league coaching experience having spent one summer as assistant/hitting coach with the Dubuque Waves of the River Valley League in 2009, when he was named Assistant Coach of the Year and produced the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. He also spent three summers coaching the Alexandria Aces of the Texas Collegiate League (TCL) from 2010-2012 serving as their hitting and third-base coach. During the summer of 2011, Rodriguez took over mid-season as interim head coach and was eventually named as their head coach for the summer of 2012. In his first season leading the Aces, Rodriguez guided them to their first TCL playoff appearance clinching a berth after winning the final game of the regular season. Under Rodriguez, the 2012 Aces produced four Major League Baseball draft picks: Derek Vaughn (Texas Wesleyan University-Tampa Bay Rays), Tyler Vail (Temple College-Atlanta Braves), Doug Votoloto (University of Central Arkansas-Texas Rangers) and Caleb Adams (UL Lafayette-Los Angekes Angels) with three other players signing professional contracts: Devin Malone, Garrett Vail and René Moreda. In February 2013, Rodriguez was announced as the head coach for the Woodlands Strykers; he later resigned to accept a full-time position as Athletic Director for Texas College in April 2013.
Community service and volunteer work serve a big part of Rodriguez’s beliefs having spent time working with the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas, Habitat for Humanity-Smith County, Food Bank of East Texas and many other organizations while in Tyler, Texas. He is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and American Baseball Coaches Association.
A 1993 graduate of Ellison High School in Killeen, Texas, Rodriguez earned All-District honors and was a three-time Gold Glove recipient. Upon graduation, he went on to attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to continue his playing career. He also attended Ranger College, where he played one season before moving to Tyler. Rodriguez earned an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Tyler Junior College (2000), a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler (2004) and a Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University – Irvine (2013). Rodriguez currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.
Jeremy Flores has joined the Our Lady of the Lake University athletics staff as assistant baseball coach.
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-Kingsville with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is from Victoria, Texas.
Greg Barbaro has joined the Saints as a graduate assistant, whose primary responsibility will be coaching the catchers. He is a graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word, where he played catcher. He also will be part of the scouting and game-day activities
Barbaro, known as "Chili," is a native of Long Island, N.Y. He is a graduate of Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and is currently taking graduate courses at OLLU.
He enjoys coaching and playing baseball, listening to music and watching the History and Discovery Channel. His favorite motto is "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives," Jackie Robinson.
Barbaro's favorite players are Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly.