The 2020 baseball season will mark Greg Burnett's 13th season as the head coach at Texas Lutheran University.
Burnett is 337-186 overall in his previous 12 seasons at the helm of the Bulldog Baseball program. He is third all-time in TLU career baseball wins and second all-time in TLU career baseball win percentage (.644). He is 162-69 (.701) all-time in conference play.
Burnett trails only NAIA and TLU Hall of Famer Ray Katt (502) and TLU Hall of Famer Bill Miller (530) in career baseball wins for the Bulldogs.
TLU promoted Burnett from associate head coach to head baseball coach in May of 2007. Burnett succeeded Miller, who retired from coaching at the end of the 2007 season. (Miller continues to serve as TLU's Director of Athletics.)
Burnett has led the Bulldogs to postseason appearances in each of the last 11 seasons.
The 2019 Bulldogs had another successful year by winning a share of the SCAC regular-season crown for the second time in the last four years under Burnett.
The Bulldogs received an at-large bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship and were selected as a host for the NCAA Division III Seguin Regional Championship at TLU's Katt-Isbel Field.
TLU faced familiar foes in the regional tournament when they opened with Concordia (Texas) and then played Trinity University (Texas) in an elimination game on Saturday.
TLU played seven games against Trinity (Texas) in 2019, and the last three games were in the SCAC championship game and the NCAA Seguin regional tournament.
This was the second-straight year the Bulldogs have played in an NCAA Regional.
In the SCAC Tournament, the Bulldogs won their first two games before eventually falling in the if-necessary championship game at The Depot at Cleburne Station in Cleburne, Texas.
Burnett was voted 2019 SCAC Baseball Coach of the Year. This is the second time Burnett has won the award.
The 2019 Bulldogs received the SCAC Sportsmanship Award for the third consecutive season.
Nathan Malinovsky (New Braunfels/New Braunfels) became the all-time wins leader in TLU history with his 33rd victory when the Bulldogs defeated Southwestern University in the opening round of the 2019 SCAC Championship.
Malinovsky logged the most innings for the Bulldogs pitching staff with 82.1 innings pitched. He also started a team-high 13 games and threw three complete-games, which was also a team-high. Malinovksy finished the year with 6 wins and 4 losses along with a 4.48 earned run average.
Texas Lutheran redshirt sophomore Cullen Motsinger (Houston/Cypress Ranch) picked up the university's third Gold Glove award when he was named to the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III Gold Glove Team. Motsinger had 124 total chances in center field for the Bulldogs. He had 121 putouts and three outfield assists.
Motsinger was named the inaugural winner of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's Baseball Elite 19 award. The SCAC Elite 19 is awarded to the student-athlete who has at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA, at least 60 credit hours and earns All-SCAC honors for that particular season.
Tyler Cauley (Mont Belvieu/Barbers Hill) was named to the All-West Region Second Team. This was his second-straight year to be selected to the All-Region Team. Cauley was also a SCAC First Team selection as an outfielder.
Cauley led the Bulldogs in 10 differnet offensive categories. He scored 47 runs, hit 10 doubles, four triples, and eight home runs. He had 47 RBI, accumulated 94 total bases, had 42 walks and was a perfect 16-for-16 in stolen bases. He had a slugging percentage of .595 and on-base percentage of .477.
Joe Jimenez (San Antonio/Johnson) was named the 2019 SCAC Freshman of The Year and was selected to the SCAC Second Team.
Jimenez was not a regular in the lineup until the first weekend of SCAC play, but once he was inserted into the starting lineup, he never looked back. He finished his freshman campaign with a .376 batting average, having 31 starts at shortstop and 34 total games played. Had 44 hits in 117 total at-bats, scored 29 runs and had 23 RBI. Jimenez finished the year with six doubles, two triples and one home run.
Austin Colon (LaGrange/LaGrange) was an SCAC First Team selection at second base in his first year as a starter for the Bulldogs.
Colon primarily hit leadoff for the Bulldogs and played stellar defense in 42 starts during his junior season. His 55 hits were tied for second-most on the team. He had four doubles and two triples. He scored 34 runs and had 29 RBI. He finished the year with a .953 fielding percentage in 192 total chances at second base for the Bulldogs.
The 2018 season ranks as arguably the best in program history. TLU finished as the NCAA Division III national runner-up at the NCAA Division III College Baseball World Series in Appleton, Wis.
The Bulldogs won the university's first-ever NCAA Division III regional championship and first-ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship en route to the World Series.
TLU Baseball concluded the year as the No. 2-ranked team in both the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com national polls.
The Bulldogs also received a 2018 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award for outstanding performance in the classroom for the 2017-18 academic year.
TLU, 42-12 and the winner of the NCAA DIII Baseball Championship's Pool B, posted a 4-3 record in the DIII World Series. TLU went 3-1 in elimination games at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.
The Bulldogs' season win total of 42 was the third-most in school history - trailing only the 45 wins from the 1996 team and the 43 wins from the 1999 squad.
TLU's second-place national finish is the best NCAA Division III final standing in a team sport in school history. (TLU Men's Golf claimed a third-place NCAA DIII finish in 2011, and TLU does have four team national championships from its days as a member of the NAIA.)
The Bulldogs produced an 11-3 post-season record in 2018 (counting tournament runs in the SCAC, the Spokane Regional, and the DIII World Series).
In addition to the success on the field and in the classroom, TLU Baseball also won the SCAC Baseball Team Sportsmanship Award in 2018. The Bulldogs have won back-to-back SCAC Baseball Team Sportsmanship Awards.
The Bulldogs also served as the grand marshals of Seguin's 2018 Fourth of July Parade.
The Bulldogs were an NCAA Division III at-large selection to the NCAA DIII Baseball Championship in 2013.
Also in 2018, players Riley Schaefer (center fielder) and Dylan Drgac (pitcher) were named Google Cloud Academic All-Americans, and both players were named playing All-Americans as well.
Nathan Malinovsky (pitcher) and Tyler Cauley (right fielder) also were named playing All-Americans in 2018.
Schaefer ended his Bulldog career as a two-time Academic All-America® honoree. He collected Third Team Academic All-America® honors in 2017. Schaefer was named a 2018 First Team All-American by D3baseball.com and a Second Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings. He also received the NCAA Division III Baseball Elite 90 Award, the honor given to the top student-athlete competing at the 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship (the D3 World Series).
Schaefer was named the TLU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the TLU Male Student-Athlete of the Year, the SCAC Player of the Year, and the D3baseball.com West Region Player of the Year.
In pursuit of his master's of accountancy degree, which he will earn concurrently with his bachelor's degree, Schaefer holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He is scheduled to complete his master's and bachelor's degrees in May 2019.
Schaefer is the school and conference record-holder for single-season hits, with 95. The team's center fielder, Schaefer hit .413 for the year. He added 63 runs, 16 doubles, three triples and eight home runs. He drove in 49, walked 20 times, and stole 21 bases. Schaefer's career hit total of 237 places him third on the all-time TLU list. He trails only Ryan Nokelby (270) and Johnny Briseno (238).
In the final 2018 statistical rankings for NCAA DIII baseball, Schaefer ranks first in total hits, sixth in runs scored, and second in total bases (141). Schaefer missed out on the NCAA DIII statistical title in total bases by one base. His teammate, Cauley, registered 142 total bases.
Drgac, a Second Team All-America selection by the ABCA/Rawlings, went 11-2 on the mound for the Bulldogs. The right-hander posted a 3.19 ERA in 20 overall appearances. He started 17 games, tossed four complete games, and had the save in TLU's conference-championship clincher against Centenary College (La.).
A biology major heading to dental school, Drgac held a 3.57 GPA entering the Academic All-America® nomination period. He graduated with a 3.586 GPA after a 4.0 in his final semester of classes at TLU.
Drgac led the SCAC in innings pitched (121.2), games started (17) and strikeouts (117). His 11 wins are tied for third-most in a single season in school history and tied for the fifth-most in a single season in SCAC history. Drgac's 117 strikeouts place him fourth all-time in the league's single-season record book.
Drgac earned All-SCAC First Team honors as well as All-West Region First Team honors by both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings.
In the final 2018 statistical pitching rankings for NCAA DIII baseball, Drgac tied for the national lead in starts, with 17. He finished third nationally in strikeouts and fourth nationally in victories.
Texas Lutheran redshirt sophomore Spencer Brandt (Yoakum/Yoakum) picked up the university's second Gold Glove award when he was named to the 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III Gold Glove Team. Brandt did not make an error all season behind the plate, and he threw out 18 of 27 base stealers.
Malinovsky was the D3 West Region Pitcher of the Year and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. He was voted a First Team All-American by both D3baseball.com and by the ABCA. The right-hander went 12-2 with a 1.38 ERA. He struck out 108, walked 44, and allowed only 44 earned runs in 110-2/3 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .188 against him.
Cauley was awarded Third Team All-America honors in 2018 by both the ABCA and D3baseball.com. Cauley led all of NCAA Division III in total bases. He slugged 12 homers, five triples, and 20 doubles, and he drove in 66. His slugging percentage was a team-best .693. Cauley also walked 24 times and scored 45 runs.
In 2017, outfielder Schaefer became the 35th Academic All-America® selection in school history and the fourth Bulldog honoree of the 2016-17 academic year.
In leading TLU to a second-place regular-season finish in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Schaefer hit .343 and tallied 33 runs, 26 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He collected seven doubles, five triples and a home run. He made just one error all season.
Schaefer, the team's starting right-fielder, was named to the SCAC First Team and was part of the TLU squad that received the SCAC's Sportsmanship Award for baseball. Schaefer was named to the SCAC Spring Academic Honor Roll for a third consecutive season.
In 2016, the Bulldogs went 14-4 in the SCAC regular season and claimed a share of the SCAC Regular Season Championship. The Bulldogs were the top seed and hosted the SCAC Tournament.
Burnett was named the 2016 SCAC Coach of the Year and guided redshirt freshman Nathan Malinovsky to D3baseball.com national Rookie of the Year honors, as well as D3baseball.com All-America Third Team, SCAC Pitcher of the Year and SCAC Freshman of the Year awards. Malinovsky also picked up West Region First Team, SCAC First Team and SCAC All-Tournament honors. Pitcher and designated hitter Lincoln Baylor claimed a Third Team All-West Region selection as a utility player.
The 2015 season saw TLU finish just behind Centenary (La.) for the regular-season title and entered the SCAC Championship as the No. 2 seed. The Bulldogs concluded the year with an overall record of 25-14 and a SCAC mark of 13-5. Aaron Aleman and Tony Gennusa garnered All-Region honors through the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings and D3baseball.com. Aleman landed on the All-West Second Team, while Gennusa found a spot on the Third Team. They also both landed on the All-SCAC First Team. In all 10 players received some sort of All-SCAC honors in 2015.
TLU senior shortstop Zach Jacobs concluded his Bulldog career with a selection to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District squad. It was Jacobs' second selection to the Academic All-District First Team.
In 2014, the Bulldogs finished 27-17 and 11-7 in the SCAC. Seven of Burnett's players were named to the 2014 All-SCAC Baseball Team. Senior pitcher Dwayne Snider finished one vote shy of garnering the conference's Pitcher of the Year award.
In 2013, Burnett coached the Bulldogs back into the NCAA Division III Championship tournament for the first time since 2007. Those Bulldogs finished 33-14 overall, winning the American Southwest Conference West Division with a 16-2 conference mark. They led the ASC in team ERA and strikeouts.
In 2009 and in 2010, Burnett led the Bulldogs to the American Southwest Conference West Division Championship and to a berth in the ASC Championship Tournament.
Burnett has coached playing All-Americans Nathan Malinovsky (two-time), Riley Schaefer, Dylan Drgac, Tyler Cauley, Jeremy Macklin, Brad Orosey (two-time) and Sean Kistler and Academic All-Americans Ryan Nokelby, Derek Kanas, Riley Schaefer, and Dylan Drgac.
In 2013, TLU third baseman Jennings Boothe was named the national NCAA Division III Gold Glove winner. Boothe became the first Bulldog in school history to win a Gold Glove award. The national Gold Glove awards are given to nine players in all of NCAA Division III. Boothe was recognized as the top defensive third baseman in all of NCAA Division III.
Burnett and his coaching staff were named the 2009 ASC West Baseball Coaching Staff of the Year, and Burnett was named the 2016 SCAC Coach of the Year.
Burnett joined the Texas Lutheran Athletics staff for the 1998-99 academic year and was former head coach (now AD) Bill Miller’s top assistant for nine seasons. Burnett was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2002 season.
Burnett came to TLU after serving as the assistant to the athletic director at Texas A&M University at Commerce, Texas. He has a master’s degree in health and physical education from Texas A&M-Commerce. Burnett completed his bachelor’s degree in 1995 at Howard Payne University, where he majored in psychology and graduated with a 3.7 grade point average.
At the time of his hiring, at the conclusion of the 2007 season, Burnett said: “I am extremely honored to be able to follow in Bill Miller’s footsteps, and I look forward to the challenge of keeping the program at the same high level of national competitiveness that it has achieved for the past 15 years."
With Miller and Burnett leading the way, the TLU produced a 316-93-2 record (a .771 winning percentage) over nine seasons (1999-2007). In that same time span, the Bulldogs won three American Southwest Conference Championships, one Heart of Texas Conference Championship and six American Southwest Conference West Division Championships.
TLU also played in three NCAA Division III West Regional Championships (finishing as the West Region runner-up in 2005 and 2006) and in two NAIA Region VI Tournaments in that nine-year run.
The Bulldogs finished 2005 and 2006 with rankings in the Top 15 of the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Poll for NCAA Division III. The Bulldogs were ranked in the final Top 25 of the 2007 season.
Burnett, a native of DeSoto, Texas, played two years of college baseball at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas. Cedar Valley is a part of the Dallas County Community College District.
After his time at Cedar Valley, Burnett enrolled at Howard Payne University, where he played his final two years of collegiate baseball. At Howard Payne, Burnett was named the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association Co-Most Valuable Player in his senior season.
Burnett and his wife Michelle live in Seguin with their two children – a daughter, Ashley (now a first-year student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), and a son, Drew (a freshman at Seguin High School).