The Utes followed up their Pac-12 championship in 2016 with a winning season and an upper division league finish in 2017.
Utah had its first winning record since 2011 by going 27-24 overall while tying for fifth in the Pac-12 with a 15-15 league mark. In conference play, Utah earned series sweeps over Arizona, USC and Arizona State and had series wins over Oregon and California.
Senior third baseman Dallas Carroll was named a third-team ABCA/Rawlings All-American and a first-team All-West Region selection. He led Utah and ranked in the top five in the Pac-12 in batting average (.369), slugging percentage (.591), on-base percentage (.465), hits per game (1.43) and RBI (52).
Carroll was joined on the All-Pac-12 team by senior pitcher Jayson Rose and sophomore center fielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr. Carroll and Keirsey were also both named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Rose broke the Utah career record for strikeouts (256). He ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in wins (8-3 record), seventh in strikeouts (82) and 11th in ERA (3.35) in 2017. Keirsey hit .327 and ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in both hits per game (1.42) and triples (5).
Senior relief pitcher Dylan Drachler, senior infielder Ellis Kelly and senior first baseman Hunter Simmons were All-Pac-12 honorable mention selections. After recording nine saves during Utah's Pac-12 championship season, Drachler saved five games with a 2.77 ERA last year. Kelly hit .315 in Pac-12 play and had .987 fielding percentage in 2017. Simmons was a three-year starter at first base and ranked fifth in the team with a .307 batting average last season.
Among the returning position players for 2018, sophomore outfielder Chandler Anderson had the second-best batting average on the team (.336), junior infielder/outfielder Wade Gulden hit four home runs (including the walk-off winner to complete a series sweep of USC), and freshman outfielder Dominic Foscalina had the fourth-best batting average (.322) on the team. Freshman Oliver Dunn stared 49 games at second base and sophomore Zack Moeller made 47 starts behind the plate.
On the mound, junior LHP Josh Lapiana made 15 starts with a 3-6 record and 5.52 ERA. Junior RHP Trenton Stoltz (0-1, 1.80 ERA), sophomore LHP Joshua Tedeschi (2-0, 2.79 ERA), junior RHP Tanner Thomas (4-0, 2.91 ERA), freshman RHP Chase Bauerle (1-1, 3.06 ERA), and freshman LHP Jacob Rebar (3-5, 5.72 ERA) all showed potential to take on larger roles next season.
Bill Kinneberg is in his 16th season at the helm of the Utah baseball program and 24th as a head coach at the collegiate level. He was named the 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year after leading the Utes to the conference championship. Kinneberg has taken the Utes to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances, placing second in Fullerton (Calif.) in 2009 and going 1-2 in Oxford (Miss.) in 2016. Ten Utah players have been taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft under Kinneberg, including the school's first-ever first-round selection in C.J. Cron (2011, 17th overall). Kinneberg has also established school records for wins in a season at three schools: UTEP (1985), Wyoming (1990) and Utah (1996).
Kinneberg led the USA Baseball Collegiate Team to a silver medal at the 2010 FISU World University Championships in Japan. He also went 25-12 with the 2007 U.S. National Team as its pitching coach, as the team finished with a 1.93 ERA.
Prior to joining the Utah staff, Kinneberg worked for the Chicago White Sox organization as a minor league pitching coach. From 1996-2001, Kinneberg was the associate head coach at Arizona. He served an assistant baseball coach at Arizona State from 1992-94. In his last two seasons, Kinneberg helped lead the Sun Devils to back-to-back appearances in the College World Series.
Kinneberg and his wife Janet have two sons, Joe (17) and David (15).
Mike Crawford is in his 10th year as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Utah, and his second season as associate head coach.
Crawford has had 12 pitchers drafted during his time at Utah, including seven in the first 10 rounds. Tyler Wagner was a fourth-round pick by Milwaukee in 2012 and made his major league debut in 2015. The Utes had three pitchers drafted in 2017: Riley Ottesen (5th round), Jayson Rose (8th round) and Andre Jackson (12th round). Rose was a two-time All-Pac-12 player at Utah. In 2017, Ute opponents were held to a .264 batting average and 247 runs scored, both low marks since Utah joined the Pac-12. Utah led the league with 14 pickoffs. Utah set a team record with 421 strikeouts in 2009.
Crawford previously spent two seasons as associate head coach at Yavapai College. From 2002-05, Crawford was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Cochise College. Crawford played at the University of Arizona from 1999-2000. He was a starting pitcher at Yavapai College in 1997-98 and was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Pitcher of the Year in 1998. Crawford has a son, Kolby (12).
Former four-time all-conference Ute infielder Jay Brossman is in his seventh season on the baseball staff and his second as a full-time assistant with the Utes, serving as hitting coach and running the offense.
Utah's .287 batting average in 2017 was its highest since the Utes joined the Pac-12 in 2012. Utah ranked fourth in the league in batting average, third in on-base percentage and fourth in runs scored and RBI last season. Dallas Carroll ranked in the top five in in the Pac-12 in several major hitting categories and earned All-America honors from the ABCA. Carroll and DaShawn Keirsey Jr., both earned All-Pac-12 honors.
Brossman worked two seasons (2015-16) as the volunteer assistant coach for the Utes. He also served two years as the director of operations and one year as a student assistant coach. During his Ute playing career from 2004-07, he hit .359 and set school records for hits, doubles and total bases.
Brossman was selected in the 36th round of the 2007 MLB Draft and spent five years in the Los Angeles Angels minor league system. He was a Pioneer League All-Star in 2007. Jay and his wife Jenny have two sons, Colten and Caleb.
B.K. Santy is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach at Utah. He serves as first base coach and works with the offense and the catchers.
Santy spent the previous two seasons at California, serving as first base coach and working with the catchers. In 2016, Cal catcher Brett Cumberland earned All-America honors and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year before being selected in the second-round lottery of the MLB Draft.
Santy was the catching coach at Palomar College in 2015, where catcher Francis Christy developed into a seventh-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Santy was also a graduate assistant at San Diego in the fall of 2015.
He played two seasons at Washington, hitting .285 with 32 RBI, 12 doubles and three home runs. Following his senior season, Santy was selected in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins and spent three years in the minor leagues.
A San Diego, Calif., native, Santy holds a bachelor's in history from Washington and a master's in education from East Central University.
The Utes were the 2016 Pac-12 Conference champions, winning the title in one of the nation's top-rated baseball leagues that boasts a record 28 NCAA championships. The Utes head into the 2018 season coming off back-to-back Pac-12 upper division finishes after tying for fifth in 2017.
Utah has advanced to NCAA Regionals twice in the last nine years. The Utes made their first NCAA appearance since 1960 in 2009 after winning the MWC Tournament. The Utes went 2-2 to finish as the runner-up in the Fullerton Regional. Utah went 1-2 in the Oxford Regional in 2016, getting a 10-inning win over No. 7-ranked Ole Miss in the tournament opener.
In his first stint as Utah's head coach, Bill Kinneberg led Utah a then school-record 30 wins in 1996. The team he assembled before leaving to become the associate head coach at Arizona won 36 games and captured the WAC North Division title in 1997. In Utah's final year in the Mountain West Conference, Kinneberg led Utah to 29 wins and a runner-up finish in the league.