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The Team

Utah returns host of talented players for Gary Henderson’s first season as head coach in 2022. That group in includes one of the best recruiting classes in the program's history, which Henderson helped land, as Collegiate Baseball ranked Utah's 2019 signees No. 18 in the nation and third-best in the Pac-12.

Position Players

Catcher Jayden Kiernan earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2020. He had the second-best batting average on the team of .325 with six double and 17 RBI. Shortstop Matt Richardson led the Utes with a .360 batting average and was third with 28 RBI in 2021. He also ripped 10 doubles and two home runs. Christopher Rowan Jr. hit .301 last season, making 39 starts primarily at first base. He led the team with 10 home runs and 34 RBI.

Jayden Kiernan


Sophomore Kai Roberts started at third base and in the outfield in 2021. He hit .291 for the fourth-best batting average on the team, led the way with 15 doubles, and was second on the team with 13 stolen bases. Roberts also hit a pair long balls and was fourth with 26 RBI. Brock Rudy made 32 starts between catcher and DH last season, driving in 12 runs with two homers. Infielder Trey Clarkson stated 27 games in 2021 with two long balls and 11 driven in.

Pitchers

Junior David Watson tied for the team high with 13 starts last season, getting a pair of wins in 10 decisions with a 6.12 ERA. He was second on the team with 60.1 innings pitched and had 38 strikeouts.

Three other juniors return after making major contributions in relief last season. Zac McCleve made 15 appearances and recorded a 3.45 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. Matthew Sox quickly became one of the most trusted arms out of the bullpen his first season with the Utes, going 5-2 with one save. He recorded 42 strikeouts with just 17 walks and had a 5.02 ERA in 37.2 innings.

That trio is rounded out by Dustyn Schramm, who started eight games as a freshman in 2019, has worked out of the bullpen the last two seasons. He was second on the team with 18 appearances in 2021, recording one save, 20 strikeouts and a 6.32 ERA in 31.1 innings.

Sophomore Trey Clarkson, primarily an infielder, was solid as well on the mound with a 2.08 ERA in 8.2 innings. All three of his appearances were starts. Sophomores Randon Hostert and Ben Kibbe also made a handful of starts for the Utes last season and were effective out of the bullpen.

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DaShawn Keirsey Jr.

Drafted in the 4th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins
Three time All-Pac-12, First Team
2016 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American

Head Coach

GARY HENDERSON

First Year

Gary Henderson, the NCBWA 2018 National Coach of the Year, was named Utah’s head coach on June 9, 2020. Henderson was the Associate Head Coach at Utah the past two seasons to go along with 31 years of coaching experience at elite programs across the country. The seasoned veteran has coached at Florida, Oregon State, Kentucky and Mississippi State prior to coming to Utah.

"The last two years have been wonderful to immerse myself into the Utah athletics family," Henderson said. "It has been a joy to develop relationships with our student-athletes and I am excited for the opportunity to continue to help them reach their academic, athletic and personal goals. This community, campus and city make the University of Utah one of the best places to be in collegiate athletics.”

After serving as the pitching coach at Mississippi State from 2016-17, Henderson became the interim head coach for the Bulldogs for the 2018 season and led the program to the College World Series in thrilling fashion. Mississippi State advanced to the College World Series when they took down Vanderbilt in three games and the Bulldogs went on to win their first two games in Omaha, before falling to eventual national champion Oregon State twice in the semifinals.

The success he had as interim coach at Mississippi State came as no surprise, as he had been one of the most successful coaches in Kentucky baseball history from 2003-08 as an assistant and 2009-16 as the head coach. The Wildcats won at least 30 games in five-straight seasons for the first time in school history. The team set the program record for wins on three separate occasions and rose to No. 1 in the nation for three weeks in 2012 for the first time in school history. He was voted SEC Coach of the Year by his peers after the school's record-breaking 2012 season. In 2006, the program won its first and only SEC Championship in baseball under the guidance of Henderson and John Cohen.

Henderson reached 200 wins faster than any head coach in Kentucky history. In his tenure with the Wildcats, 72 players were picked in the MLB Draft or signed as free agents. Eight of Henderson's pitching protégés have reached the Majors since 2012.

Prior to Kentucky, Henderson spent five seasons as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Oregon State. The Beavers notched the school's first College World Series titles in 2006 and 2007, riding the arms of several players recruited by Henderson. The most notable was CWS MVP Kevin Gunderson, who pitched a brilliant postseason in leading the Beavers to the title.

At Oregon State, Henderson coached eight Beaver pitchers who were drafted by major league teams, five of whom were selected in the top eight rounds. With the help of Henderson's recruiting efforts, the Beavers improved from 19 wins in 1999 to 31 in both the 2001 and 2002 seasons, finishing 31-24 and 31-23, respectively. In his time with the Beavers, two of Henderson's recruiting classes were ranked among the top 30 nationally. Meanwhile, his pitching staff led the Pac-10 Conference in complete games in both the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

Before Oregon State, Henderson served as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the high-octane Florida Gators from 1995-98. In that time, he helped the Gators to the SEC Championship and the College World Series in both 1996 and 1998. Collegiate Baseball awarded national rankings to all four of Henderson's recruiting classes at Florida, including a No. 4 spot in 1996. The 1996 season also saw Collegiate Baseball tab Henderson as the National Assistant Coach of the Year.

In his playing days, Henderson pitched one year at Linfield College before transferring to San Diego State. He compiled a 19-5 career record at the two schools, earning his first career win in a road matchup at Southern California.

 

Staff

Todd Guilliams

Assistant Coach

Todd Guilliams is in his first season at Utah, joining the program after being at Kentucky since the 2017 season as the volunteer assistant.

Guilliams, who has an extensive history of coaching outstanding hitters during his career, again worked his magic at Kentucky as the Wildcats led the Southeastern Conference in a total of 12 offensive statistical categories, while also producing five All-Americans.

Guilliams went to Kentucky after one season at Western Carolina, where he was the hitting coach and ran the offense, in addition to coaching the catchers. In 2016, the WCU offense ranked in the nation's top 25 teams in batting average, runs scored and home runs.

Prior to then he coached from Valdosta State, where he was part of more than 250 wins, three NCAA regional appearances and two Gulf South Conference championships during his eight seasons there (2008-15). During his time at Valdosta State, Guilliams was the team's hitting coach, worked with the catchers and was VSU's Coordinator of Academic Services. He also shared recruiting duties with his brother, head coach Greg Guilliams.

One of the banner seasons for Guilliams came in 2009 as the team led the nation with a school-record 113 home runs—the fourth-most in NCAA Division II history. Prior to making the move to Valdosta, Guilliams and his brother built a powerhouse at Embry-Riddle University, an NAIA institution in Daytona Beach, Fla. Together they won 622 games, against just 228 losses, in 15 years at the school and made six NAIA World Series appearances.

A 1988 graduate of Eastern Kentucky, earning a degree in sport supervision, Guilliams was an Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete and twice won the Turkey Hughes Scholarship. He was the Colonels' team captain in 1988 while earning Dean's List recognition. He went on to earn his master's degree in physical education in 1990 while serving as an assistant at his alma mater.

Off the field, Guilliams authored a book entitled High-Scoring Baseball: The Complete Guide to Run Production. He has also been a featured speaker numerous times, including at the ABCA national convention and, most recently, at the Best Ever Coaches Clinic in Toronto in January, 2016.

Mike Brown

Assistant Coach

Mike Brown is in his first year as Utah's third base coach and recruiting coordinator. Brown, who played under Gary Henderson at Kentucky, joined Henderson on staff at UK after graduation as a student assistant (2008-09) and then once again in 2014-15 as a graduate assistant before reuniting at Mississippi State (2017-18).

Prior to joining the Utes, Brown served as the associate head coach at Hawaii for three seasons (2019-21). His impact for the Rainbow Warriors was immediate with Scotty Scott becoming the first UH baseball player to garner Big West Freshman Hitter of the Year honors in 2019. In addition, four other players earned All-Big West accolades.

Brown worked with Henderson at Mississippi State, where he served as the camps coordinator and volunteer assistant in 2017 before being elevated to assistant coach in 2018 when Henderson took the helm. That year Hail State team advanced to the College World Series semifinals and won its first two games at TD Ameritrade Ballpark before falling to the eventual champions, Oregon State.

Brown came to Starkville via New Mexico State, where he spent two seasons as the Aggies' assistant coach. Brown was an instrumental part in New Mexico State making the biggest turnaround in college baseball in 2016 with the Aggies winning 23 more games than it did in 2015 and finished 34-23.

As a former baseball player at UK from 2006-07, Brown helped UK to the 2006 SEC Championship and NCAA regionals as a reserve utility man. In 2007, he led the club with a .369 average (8th in the SEC) and 68 runs. He finished 2007 ranked seventh in single-season history in runs, ninth in on-base percentage (.486), fourth in sac bunts (12) and ninth in hit by pitches (18).

He also played for Cuesta College before transferring to UK. In 2005, Brown was awarded the Western State Conference Player of the Year and was named a California Junior College Baseball All-American.

A native of Davis, Calif., Brown earned his bachelor's degree from Kentucky in 2008 in agricultural academics before obtaining his masters of education in sports management in 2014. Brown and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Riki and Anna.

Current Team Facilities

Utah baseball makes use of excellent facilities on and off campus, including the state-of-the-art Sorenson High Performance Center and picturesque Smith's Ballpark in downtown Salt Lake City.

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Smith's Ballpark

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Sorenson High Performance Center

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Spence Eccles Field House

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C.J. Cron

First-team All-American in 2010 and 2011

Utah's first-ever first-round selection in 2011 (17th overall)

Tradition

The Utes were crowned 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. Utah then made it back-to-back Pac-12 upper division finishes after tying for fifth in 2017.

Utah has advanced to NCAA Regionals twice in recent 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.


Dallas Carroll

Drafted in the 9th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers
2017 ABCA All-American, Third Team
Two time All-Pac-12, First Team

Utah's Greatest

Second baseman Oliver Dunn was named to the Collegiate Baseball All-America third team, the ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region team, and the All-Pac-12 team in 2019. He hit .366 as a junior before being taken in the 11th round of the MLB Draft.

DaShawn Keirsey Jr. was named to the ABCA/Rawlings West All-Region second team in 2018. The center fielder was a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and a three-time member of the Pac-12 all-defensive team. Keirsey ended the 2018 regular season ranked third in the Pac-12 with a .386 batting average, which set a Utah program single-season record. He tied for 10th in the NCAA with 23 doubles.

First baseman C.J. Cron was named first-team All-American in 2010 and 2011, making the Baseball America, NCBWA, ABCA, Perfect Game, ESPN, and Louisville Slugger teams the second year.

Shortstop Ryan Khoury was an All-American in 2006, making the ABCA first-team, NCBWA second-team, and the Collegiate Baseball third team.

Chris Shelton was a third-team NCBWA and a second-team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 2001.

Senior third baseman Dallas Carroll was named a third-team ABCA/Rawlings All-American and a first-team All-West Region selection in 2017.

Some of the best pitchers in school history have come through the program in recent years. Jayson Rose, a two-time All-Pac-12 pick who was drafted in 2017, holds both the career (256) and single-season (106) strikeout records. Tyler Wagner, a 2012 MLB draft pick, owns both the single-season (12) and career (17) saves marks, as well as the single-season record for lowest ERA (2.04). Two-time honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick Mitch Watrous tied the record for strikeouts in a game (12) in 2012. Dalton Carroll, a 2016 MLB draft pick, holds the career record for innings pitched (316 2/3).

Ryan Khoury

Utah has garnered 10 All-Pac-12 selections the last four full seasons of competition. Catcher Jayden Kiernan earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2021. Second baseman Oliver Dunn earned honorable mention in 2019. Outfielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr. earned all-conference honors from 2016-18. Dallas Carroll and pitcher Jayson Rose joined Keirsey in 2017. A record four Utes made the All-Pac-12 team in 2016.

Ten Utah players were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team in 2021.

Ute Pros

Utah has had 11 players taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft since 2008.

C.J. Cron , who was Utah's first-ever first-round draft pick in 2011, made his Major League debut in 2014 with the Los Angeles Angels as a 1B/DH. After four years with the Angels, he played with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018 and finished sixth among designated hitters in wins above replacement. He joined the Minnesota Twins in 2019, hitting 25 home runs with a career-high 78 RBI while helping lead them to the AL Central title. He is with the Colorado Rockies for the 2021 season.

For the first time in the program's history, three Ute players were taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft in 2017. Four were selected overall, which ties the school's high mark. Utah's 2017 selections were Riley Ottesen (5th round, Dodgers), Jayson Rose (8th round, Brewers), Dallas Carroll (9th round, Brewers) and Andre Jackson (12th round, Dodgers). Jackson pitched for the Dodgers’ AA Tulsa Drillers in 2021.

Second baseman Oliver Dunn was taken in the 11th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. He played in 2021 with their High-A affiliate, the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Outfielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr. was the Utes' latest high selection, taken by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Keirsey played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in Class A in 2021.

Tanner Banks played for the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate for the Chicago White Sox, in 2021. He was drafted by the organization in 2014.

Mitch Watrous (eighth round, 2014), Nick Green (10th round, 2014) and Bret Helton (ninth round, 2015) have been top 10 round selections in recent years.

Tyler Wagner
Tyler Wagner

Pitcher Stephen Fife, a third-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2008, spent time in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers over three seasons (2012-14) before suffering an injury. He spent the 2018 season with the Cleveland Indians organization in AAA.

Pitcher Tyler Wagner, taken by Milwaukee in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, made his major league debut with the Brewers in May 2015. He earned his MLB first win with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016.

Catcher Parker Morin advanced to AAA with the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) in 2016 and was with Omaha for the majority of the 2017 and '18 seasons. He is currently the Kansas City Royals bullpen catcher.

Pitcher Trey Nielsen advanced to AAA Memphis in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The Salt Lake City native was drafted in 2013 and was on Italy's roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

A Night With…

Since 2004, Utah has ushered in the season by bringing in baseball celebrities for a special banquet to support the program. The guest list includes: Terry Francona (2005, ‘08, ‘17), Cal Ripken Jr. (2006), Brooks Robinson (2007), Harmon Killebrew (2009), Bruce Hurst (2010), Dave Winfield (2011), Ozzie Smith (2012), Tommy Lasorda (2013), John Farrell (2014), Jim Palmer (2015), Ned Yost (2016), Steve Garvey (2018), Dusty Baker (2019) and Charlie Monfort (2020).

Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg (right) welcomed former major league player and manager Dusty Baker to the 2019 Utah Baseball Banquet.