TULSA, Okla. – Oral Roberts head baseball coach Ryan Folmar announced Thursday that longtime staff member Wes Davis has been named assistant coach and will take over the role of pitching coach for the Golden Eagles.
“We are extremely excited to have Wes become our new pitching coach,” Folmar said. “He is a great man that brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff from many different roles that will help ease this transition. Our program is getting an outstanding young coach that will bring in great energy!”
Davis enters his 10th year with the Golden Eagles after spending the past seven years as the Director of Operations following two seasons as a volunteer assistant. A former two-way player in junior college and at the NAIA level, he begins his 14th season of coaching collegiate baseball where he has worked with more than 80 players that have gone on to be drafted or sign professional contracts.
“I am very excited for this opportunity and thankful to Coach Folmar,” Davis said. “It is humbling to step into the shoes of great pitching coaches like Sean Snedeker, Rob Walton and Jim Brewer. This program has always been about hard work, developing players and developing quality young men. I relish the opportunity to continue the success on the mound and help ORU Baseball get back to Omaha.”
ORU posted one of its most successful seasons on the mound last year ranking sixth in the country with a 3.06 earned run average. The Golden Eagles also boasted the three-lowest starting pitcher ERAs in the conference, led by Summit League Pitcher of the Year and NCBWA Second Team All-American Miguel Ausua and fellow returners Josh McMinn and Justin McGregor.
Davis replaces Sean Snedeker, who departs after a five-year stint at ORU helping create one of the most consistent pitching staffs in the nation. The Golden Eagles increased their total number of strikeouts every season since 2013, finishing with 515 a year ago, ranking in the top 35 of the NCAA.
The defending Summit League champions begin fall practice at J.L. Johnson Stadium September 21.