With big changes post season, Murray State baseball has a new man in charge.
Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA reported late Monday that Saint Louis University associate head coach and former Murray State player Kevin Moulder has been named the new coach of the Racer baseball program.
Moulder played on the 2003 OVC Tournament champions for Murray State under former coach Mike Thieke.
He comes back to Murray after being a big part of the run for Saint Louis - which is coming off three straight championships in the Atlantic 10.
Moulder drew rave reviews at Saint Louis for his work with the Billiken pitchers - and his recruiting.
As a member of the coaching staff, he has overseen the emergence of Saint Louis as a perennial contender in the Atlantic 10. While Moulder has been at SLU, the Billikens have broken the single season wins record three times and have recorded five 30+ win seasons. Saint Louis won the Atlantic 10 regular season title in three consecutive seasons from 2012-14.
As a Billiken, Moulder brought the pitching staff to new heights. SLU pitchers broke four single season records and three career records. In 2012, Moulder's staff boasted a 1.17 WHIP, which was sixth-best in the nation. They also cracked the national top 20 in Walks per Game (2.35, 11th), Strikeout to Walk Ratio (2.35, 13th) and ERA (3.06, 17th). Moulder also coached Travis Parker in a terrific senior campaign where he did not allow an earned run all season, en route to a All-America selection. The 2012 staff also lead the A-10 with a 3.06 ERA.
Moulder helped accumulate recruiting classes that have drawn national attention. He was the lead recruiter for 2013 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Mike Vigliarolo. Moulder also brought in highly-touted pitcher James Norwood from New York. In 2012, the Billikens had two selections to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team.The 2009 recruiting class included freshman All-American Zach Miller and Jon Myers, a junior college All-American at Meramec Community College in St. Louis. Moulder has coached more than 40 players who have either been drafted or have gone on to play professional baseball, including Brian Schlitter, Tom Layne and Deunte Heath who have all played in MLB games. Dave Sever and Zach Outman were MLB draft picks under Moulder. In addition, Moulder coached the top prospect in the TCL and had the No. 1 prospect in the Mountain Collegiate League according to Baseball America.
Perfect Game reported earlier that Rick McCarty, also a Murray State alum, turned the job down and was named an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech.
Murray State announced the dismissal of former coach Rob McDonald after failing to make the OVC Tournament and also changed the nickname of the baseball program from the traditional Thoroughbred nickname to Racers to align with the rest of the school's athletic programs.
McDonald will move across town, as he has been named the new coach at Murray High School.