On the eve of the season opener for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggie football team, we actually got a bit of Aggie baseball news, as D1baseball.com’s Kendall Rogers reported that Head Coach Rob Childress has signed a contract extension.
Under Childress, the Aggie Baseball program has seen its longest ever string of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, which currently sits at 10 and dates back to 2007. During that 10 year stretch, the Ags have won five regionals (hosting all five), and made it all the way to Omaha in 2011.
Childress has an overall record at A&M sits at 458–238–2, which includes two regular season Big 12 Championships (2008, 2011), three Big 12 Tournament Championships (2007, 2010, 2011) and the 2016 SEC Tournament Championship. His 458 victories as the Ags’ skipper is good for third all-time among Aggie head coaches, just behind the two guys who have their numbers retired at Olsen, Tom Chandler and Mark Johnson. He is most known around the college baseball world as one of the best pitching coaches in the college game, and has served in that capacity for Team USA.
This upcoming season looks to be one of his toughest coaching jobs since his first year in 2006, as they look to replace eight of their nine every day starters from the 2016 team. But if there’s one thing that Childress has shown as the Ags’ skipper, it’s that even rebuilding years can be successful.