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 222-200 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.
|1||Ryan Chapa||SO||INF||L/R||5-7||160||Corpus Christi, Texas||Tuloso Midway High School|
|2||Mick Hernandez||SR||OF||R/R||6-1||185||San Antonio, Texas||Taft High School/Oklahoma Panhandle|
|3||Ty Cook||SO||RHP||L/R||6-2||170||Highlands, Texas||Goose Creek Memorial HS|
|4||Andrew Ogletree||SO||INF||R/R||5-9||165||Mission, Texas||Sharyland High School|
|5||EricTyler Guerrero||SO||INF||R/R||5-7||135||Floresville, Texas||Floresville High School|
|6||TJ Kassner||SR||SS||R/R||5-9||150||Corpus Christi, Texas||Mary Carroll High School|
|7||Jorge Collazo Jr.||SO||2B/OF||R/R||5-7||180||San Antonio, Texas||Johnson High School|
|8||Triston Scherer||SO||LHP||L/L||5-11||195||Crosby, Texas||Crosby High School|
|9||Alec Martinez||SO||INF/RHP||R/R||6-0||190||Corpus Christi, Texas||Foy H. Moody High School|
|10||Noah Rodriguez||FR||SS||R/R||5-10||180||Victoria, Texas||Victoria West High School|
|12||Xavier Solis||JR||OF/INF||R/R||6-0||170||Victoria, Texas||Victoria West High School|
|13||Jose Diaz||JR||OF/RHP||R/R||6-2||195||Pinar del Rio, Cuba||Judson High School|
|14||Bryce Putnam||FR||C||R/R||5-9||175||Baytown, Texas||Ross S. Sterling High School|
|15||Jacob Montejano||FR||INF||R/R||5-11||165||San Antonio, Texas||Brandeis High School|
|16||Daniel Melecio||FR||OF/LHP||L/L||6-1||195||Dorado, Puerto Rico||Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy/Alabama State|
|18||Matthew Klar||FR||C/UT||R/R||5-10||170||San Antonio, Texas||Marshall High School|
|19||Aaron Gonzalez||JR||RHP||R/R||6-0||215||Houston, Texas||Dobie HS/Alvin CC|
|20||Nick Ludwig||SR||1B||R/R||6-2||240||Tomball, Texas||Tomball High School/Richland|
|21||Colton Vien||JR||RHP||R/R||6-4||190||Montgomery, Texas||Montgomery HS/Texas A&M Galveston|
|22||Robert Lopez||JR||C||R/R||6-0||230||San Antonio, Texas||Brennan High School/UIW|
|23||Ryan Ramsey||SR||OF||R/R||6-1||190||Grapevine, Texas||Colleyville Heritage/UIW|
|24||Tony Esparza||JR||RHP||R/R||6-0||200||Spring, Texas||Klein High School|
|25||Joey Baker||JR||LHP||L/L||5-10||180||Cuero, Texas||Cuero High School|
|26||Adrian Gonzalez Jr.||SO||LHP||L/L||5-11||165||Weslaco, Texas||Weslaco High School|
|27||Alvaro Pena||SO||RHP||R/R||5-0||Robstown, Texas||Robstown HS/Houston CC|
|29||Matt Mihalov||JR||OF||L/R||5-8||175||Conroe, Texas||Oak Ridge High School|
|32||Boedy Flores||FR||3B||R/R||5-11||180||Harlingen, Texas||Harlingen High School/Northeast Texas CC|
|34||Logan Garza||SO||LHP||R/L||5-11||170||Round Rock, Texas||Stony Point High School|
|35||Brett Vasquez||FR||RHP||R/R||6-0||190||Baytown, Texas||Barbers Hill HS|
|36||Layne Klostermann||FR||3B/RHP||R/R||6-2||205||Raymondville, Texas||Lyford High School|
|37||Jose Ramirez||JR||RHP||R/R||6-4||190||Weslaco, Texas||Donna High School/Missouri Valley College|
|39||Jacob Mitchell||SO||1B||L/R||6-5||225||Harker Heights, Texas||Harket Heights HS/NMJC|
|40||Daniel Anciso||SR||C||R/R||6-2||215||Harlingen, Texas||Harlingen HS/Blinn College|
|Alex Garza*||JR||RHP||R/R||6-0||200||Cypress, Texas||Cy-Fair High School/Alvin CC|