Steven Trout named Texas State baseball coach

Texas State President Denise Trauth and Director of Athletics Dr. Larry Teis announced Monday that Steven Trout has been named the new head baseball coach for the Bobcats.  Trout is the fifth head coach in the Division I era of the program.

"When we sat down and visited at length with Coach Trout, his love for the game of baseball, integrity to run a baseball program, ability to connect with young men and his passion to win the championships was evident," said Teis. "He has been here for three of our four conference championships dating back from 2009, 2010 and 2019 and it became apparent that he has a strong desire to win."

"Steven has played at the highest level, coached at the highest level and won championships at the highest level. After talking to some of his peers and former coaches, we believe he is ready to take Texas State to the highest level and that came through in the interview process."

Trout recently completed his sixth season overall in San Marcos and his second as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He also served as the team's hitting and fielding coach. Three of the last four years has seen Texas State post a top three fielding percentage in school history including a program best .977 mark this spring.

"I want to thank Dr. Trauth, Dr. Teis, Travis Comer and the rest of our administration for entrusting me to be the head baseball coach at Texas State," said Trout. "Their leadership will remain instrumental in our continued success and allow us to take this program to another level."

"I also want to thank Coach Ty Harrington. He gave me my first coaching job here in 2009 and also gave me the opportunity to come back home in 2016. He will always be the fabric of Texas State baseball and a leader in this community. We will continue to make him proud."

The 2019 Sun Belt Conference regular season championship season saw the Bobcats rank in the top half of 13 different offensive categories. The team recorded 301 walks and 118 doubles this past season with both ranking in the top five of a campaign in program history.

"I also want to acknowledge our current and former players who have built this program into what it is today. They are all very special to me and it's a real honor to have the opportunity to continue to lead them on and off the field," imparted Trout.

Over the past three seasons, Trout has helped groom four MLB Draft selections in Theodore Hoffman (2017; 15th round; Detroit Tigers), Jaylen Hubbard (2019; 27th round, Washington Nationals), Jonathan Ortega (2018; 19th round; Boston Red Sox) and Luke Sherley (2018; 14th round; Detroit Tigers). Hoffman, Hubbard and Ortega were all lauded on an All-Sun Belt team.

"With the momentum of the 2019 Sun Belt Championship and the continued upgrades in our facilities, Texas State baseball should be a top 25 program and playing in the NCAA Tournament each year," stated Trout. "That is our goal and that is what our staff and players will work hard each day to bring that to this great University."

Trout spent three years as an assistant coach at West Virginia University from 2013-15. During his time with the Mountaineers, he served under his former collegiate coach Randy Mazey and helped the team to some of the best offensive numbers in the Big 12 Conference.

In his first season in Morgantown, three players eclipsed the .300 batting average mark and eight batters earned All-Big 12 honors under Trout's guidance. He also assisted in Kyle Davis earning Freshman All-American honors in 2015.

Trout served as head coach of Texarkana College in 2012. The Bulldogs finished with a 34-25 mark and hit a conference-leading .303. He coached the conference player of the year and seven players were selected to the Region XIV East All-Conference Team.

Prior to his appointment at Texarkana, Trout was a volunteer assistant at Houston under Todd Whitting for the 2011 season. While there Trout served as the third base coach and coached hitters, infielders and base runners. The Cougars were runners-up in the Conference USA Tournament that year.

Trout began his coaching career at Texas State when he served as a volunteer assistant in the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. He was the catchers and first base coach while also assisting with hitters and infielders during one of Texas State's most successful seasons in program history. The Bobcats went 41-17 in 2009, setting a school record for wins, and advanced to the NCAA Austin Regional after winning the Southland Conference regular season championship. Texas State repeated as conference champions in 2010.

As a player, Trout began his collegiate career by playing two seasons at Texarkana College. With the Bulldogs, he earned all-conference accolades and helped them advance to the 2005 NJCAA World Series before wrapping up his collegiate years at TCU.

The Horned Frogs would win the Mountain West Conference Championship and competed in a NCAA Regional in both of Trout's seasons (2006 & 2007) in Fort Worth. During his senior season, he posted a .326 batting average with 55 runs scored and 44 RBIs while being one of two players to start all 62 games. Trout would be named to the All-MW Second Team and was an all-region selection at the NCAA Houston Regional.

Following his collegiate career, Trout played with the Fort Worth Cats of the American Association before joining the Macon Music in the South Coast League. He would go on to join the Kansas City T-Bones and help the team win the 2008 North League Championship.

Trout is a native of Hooks, Texas and earned a bachelor's degree in general studies from TCU in 2007. He is married to the former Blair Eckerle. The couple has one daughter, Ellison Elizabeth.

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July 1, 2019

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