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.
Aughney guided the Saints to the most wins in a single season in 2021 with 34. OLLU won the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular-season title for the first time in program history. Aughney was selected as the RRAC Coach of the Year and surpassed his 100th win at OLLU. The Saints also made history with a first-ever NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 ranking. The regular season was filled with excitement. Alec Martinez and Jose Diaz combined for a no-hitter against No. 13-ranked LSU-Shreveport as part of a four-game series sweep. Pitcher Brett Vasquez tallied the most wins in a single season in Saints history with a 9-2 record. The team received a bid to the NAIA National Championships Opening Round where they lost to Freed-Hardeman University and St. Thomas University.
Individually, several players broke career records during the 2021 season: Jose Diaz - most games played (231), at-bats (774), runs (175), hits (260), doubles (54), home runs (17), RBIs (163), total bases (379), HBP (28), stolen bases (70); Jacob Mitchell - triples (8), walks (132), on-base percentage (.468), putouts (1,008). In addition, Diaz was named conference player of the year, while Brett Vasquez earned conference pitcher of the year - both received NAIA All-American honors. Diaz also won back-to-back OLLU BIG BLUE TOP SAINT Male Athlete of the Year in 2020 and 2021.
During the 2020 season, Aughney led OLLU to a 15-10 overall record and a commanding 5-1 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 31-24 overall record and 18-9 in the conference. The team made their fourth trip to the conference tournament.
In 2018, Aughney guided the Saints to a 25-29 overall and 16-11 conference record. The team made its first trip under Aughney and its third trip overall to the conference tournament.
Under Aughney, the team has earned NAIA Scholar Team recognition every year.
His overall head coaching record is 274-253 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 an 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.
Matt Piker is entering his first year at OLLU. He is joining the Saints Baseball coaching staff after four seasons with Mayville State University, where he was the pitching coach. During his time with the Comets, Piker was a member of two separate successful seasons: the 2018 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Regular Season Champions and the 2021 NSAA Conference Tournament Championship. Piker coached six NSAA First Team All-Conference award winners during his time at MSU. Mason Swegarden earned honors as the 2018 NSAA Conference Pitcher of the Year and was named an All-American, and Kenny Stewart also was named an All-American during the 2021 campaign. In 2021, the MSU pitching staff finished the season ranked in the Top 15 in the country in ERA and averaged just over eight strikeouts per game.
Before MSU, Piker was a graduate assistant at Arkansas Tech University (ATU) from 2015-2017. While earning his Master of Science in College Student Personnel, he oversaw the outfielders, coached first base and coached the pitching staff. Several of his players won postseason awards under his tutelage there, as well. Piker arrived at ATU from the University of the Ozarks, where he also played and began his coaching career after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Physical and Health Education.
Piker has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association for the last seven years. He has been actively involved with collegiate summer ball throughout his career. He was the assistant coach of the Briarcliffe Seagulls in the Beach Collegiate Baseball League in 2015 and the head coach of the Chesterfield Vipers from 2016-2017 in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate League.
Joining him at OLLU is his wife of four years, Haley Piker.
Chris Casias begins his first season with the Saints. He spent the two previous seasons at Southeastern Oklahoma University as a graduate assistant.
Before Southeastern, Casias spent two years at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU).
A native of San Antonio, Casias graduated from Earl Warren High School in 2015 as a two-sport athlete. As a sophomore and junior, Casias was a First Team All-District outfielder. He was also a Second Team All-District quarterback his junior year.
Following high school, Casias went on to go play for two years at OPSU before transferring over to Southeastern. Casias will graduate this summer with a master's degree in Sports Administration from Southeastern.
Ryan Chapa begins his first season as an assistant for OLLU. He joins the staff after playing for the Saints the past four seasons; he was an integral part of OLLU's 2021 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) championship team. He holds the record for most hits in a game with five against Texas College in 2020.
In December of 2020, Chapa graduated from OLLU with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a certification in education grades 7-12. This past summer, Chapa began his coaching career with the South Texas Sliders, assisting their 17U Team.
Ryan Reyes is beginning his first season with Our Lady of the Lake University.
Before joining the Saints staff, Reyes spent two years as a part of the Central Christian College Tigers baseball program. During the 2017-2018 season, he served as a recruiting assistant for Texas. In the 2018-2019 season, Reyes joined the coaching staff as a student assistant coach. His duties included working with outfielders, corner infielders and hitters.
From 2016-2018, Reyes began his coaching career by revamping the Del Rio Express-Select Organization by managing and assisting in age groups from 10u to 18u.
Reyes was born in Del Rio, Texas. He graduated from Del Rio High School, where he was a part of the baseball team for three years.
FATHER CRISTOPHER ROBINSON returns for his eighth year as the chaplain for the OLLU Saints Baseball Team. Over the last eleven 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, two NAIA scholar-athletes, 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 School and on the diocesan schools commission.
Fr. Cristopher is a priest in the Episcopal Church, serving the Diocese of West Texas, headquartered in San Antonio. He preaches on Sundays throughout the diocese where needed, and is not currently attached to any one congregation. He 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. He is currently a doctoral student at the Faith and Sport Institute at Baylor University. Before entering ordained ministry, he worked as a consulting engineer, specializing in airport design. He and his wife Kristina have two sons, Michael and Zachary.