2022 College Baseball Coaching Changes Tracker

As we do every year, Baseball America is tracking the latest news and movement in the college baseball coaching market. Though the season has yet to begin, there are already slated to be four opening this summer as a result of retirements and a few other programs will operate in 2022 under the direction of interim head coaches and could re-open this summer.

Last year’s coaching market was hyperactive, as 40 programs changed head coaches. That was a sharp increase from 2020, when there were 14 coaching changes, and up from pre-pandemic levels, when there were on average 25-30 changes annually.

After a tumultuous year, 2022 is unlikely to bring as much change. But the early indications are it will still be an active coaching market.

This story will update every time there are coaching changes this year.

Cal State Northridge

Former coach: Dave Serrano (retiring)
New coach: TBD

what to know: Serrano announced Jan. 25 that 2022 will be his last season as a college head coach. He is entering his 16th season as a head coach and third at CSUN, where he is 31-24. Serrano, the 2007 Coach of the Year and 2004 Assistant Coach of the Year, is one of 13 coaches all-time to lead two different programs to the College World Series.

Delaware

Former coach: Jim Sherman (retiring)
New coach: TBD

what to know: Sherman announced Jan. 22 that he would retire following the 2022 season, his 22nd as head coach at his alma mater. He has led the Blue Hens to the NCAA Tournament three times, most recently in 2017, and will finish his career with the second most wins in program history.

Grambling State

Former coach: James Cooper
New coach: Davin Pierre (interim)

what to know: Cooper stepped down in November after 12 years as head coach of his alma mater to take a job in the Yankees organization. He led the Tigers to the Southwest Athletic Conference championship in 2010, their first in 25 years, and for the last four seasons finished either first or second in the SWAC West Division. Pierre was an assistant coach throughout Cooper’s tenure and now takes over as interim head coach. He is also a Grambling alumnus.

Memphis

Former coach: Daron Schoenrock (retiring)
New coach: TBD

what to know: Schoenrock announced Jan. 18 that he would retire following the season, which will be his 18th at Memphis. He has won 437 games over the last 17 seasons and led the Tigers to the 2007 NCAA Tournament. While Memphis has struggled in the American Athletic Conference, the program is seen to have upside as the conference enters a new era following realignment.

Northwestern

Former coach: Spencer Allen
New coach: Josh Reynolds (interim)

what to know: Allen announced at the end of the 2021 season that he was resigning after six years as head coach at Northwestern, saying that “it is time now to give that focus and energy to my kids, wife, extended family and friends.” Allen was the first Black head baseball coach in Big Ten history and under his direction the Wildcats made strong strides. Now, Reynolds, who was Allen’s associate head coach, will look to continue their work.

St Bonaventure

Former coach: Larry Sudbrook
New coach: BJ Salerno (interim)

what to know: Sudbrook on Oct. 4 announced he would retire, effective Dec. 31, after 36 seasons as head coach of the Bonnies. Sudbrook won 725 games in his career, making him the winningest baseball coach in Atlantic 10 Conference history. In 2004 he led St. Bonaventure to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Salerno, who was a standout catcher for the Bonnies and was an assistant coach under Sudbrook for eight seasons, will in 2022 serve as interim head coach.

Yalea

Former coach: John Stuper (retiring)
New coach: TBD

what to know: Stuper on Jan. 18 announced he will retire after the 2022 season after 30 years as head coach. He is the winningest coach in program history with 533 wins and twice led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament, most recently in 2017.

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