Bryan Aughney (with family) previously served as the RRAC Baseball Chair.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Our Lady of the Lake Athletic Director Jack Hank has announced the hiring of Bryan Aughney as the Saints' new head baseball coach. Aughney begins his position today and will take over from Jeremy Flores, who was interim head coach for the 2017 season. Flores will resume duties as assistant coach, and the two will lead the Saints, which in four seasons has tallied a 78-84-1 record and 46-38 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). They will begin their competitive season in the spring of 2018.
"We are thrilled to welcome Coach Bryan to our staff. He brings a wealth of NAIA experience and has a record of success with his teams both in the classroom, out in the community and on the field. I look forward to his leadership and, along with Jeremy, I have no doubt the Saints will be successful this upcoming season."
Aughney, a native of Bozeman, Mont., comes to OLLU after five seasons as head baseball coach at Harlingen (Texas) 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.
"My family and I are excited to be joining the Our Lady of the Lake community," Aughney commented. "I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the OLLU baseball program. Thank you Mr. Hank, the athletics staff as well as Mrs. Walter (Jackie Walter - Director of the Center for Women in Church and Society), Ms. Garcia (Rosalinda Garcia - Vice President for Administration) and Dr. Evans (Marcheta Evans - Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs) for their support and decision. OLLU is a great place for an education as well as to foster spiritual, personal and professional growth. We are excited to be a part of the Saints family and we cannot wait to get started. Coach Flores and I are looking forward to continue building the Saints baseball program and competing for the RRAC Championship. Go Saints!"
Prior to Harlingen, Aughney had much success as head coach at the University of Texas-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 and the RRAC. His teams from 2008-2012 accumulated an overall record of 124-107 and twice qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. The RRAC honored 15 of his players as first-team all-conference, four were selected to the Gold Glove team, two were pitchers of the year and 44 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 (Neb.) and Northland College (Wis.). From 2006-07 at Bellevue, the team was the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference champions, the Region IV champions and the Plains Super Region champions. They qualified for the NAIA World Series, and three players were offered professional contracts.
In addition, 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 National Junior College Athletic Association (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 and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue. He is married to April Aughney (Garza) of San Benito, Texas. They are parents to eight-year-old daughter Angelin and newborn son Chase.