Texas Tech baseball coach Tim Tadlock is being rewarded for the Red Raiders’ outstanding efforts during the 2018 season. On Thursday, July 12, it was announced that Tadlock has been named the 2018 D1Baseball National Coach of the Year. The honor comes after he was named the 2018 Midwest Regional Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association earlier this year.
Tadlock was previously named the 2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame Skip Bertman Coach of the Year in his second season.
Tadlock, who also played for the Red Raiders during his college career, served as the Texas Tech associate head coach in 2012 before being named the head coach in 2013. Texas Tech finished the season with a record of 45-18 and ranked No. 11 in the Coaches Poll.
Since taking over at Texas Tech, Tadlock has become known for his “Tadlock Magic.”
“You know, after Selection Monday this year, I congratulated him on hearing our name called. I never want to take that for granted, and I never want to lose that perspective, but expectations have certainly changed at Texas Tech. Now, anything but a trip to Omaha is considered a disappointment,” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “You can’t lose sight of the transformation he has led us through. We weren’t playing the best baseball the second half of the Big 12, but to make it to Omaha shows how impressive these guys are.
“I call it the Tadlock Magic,” Hocutt continued. “It’s just incremental efficiency. An incremental advantage. In those moments, you need those two things, and he’s got it. I don’t think I’ve ever quite seen a team this loyal, or a staff this loyal, to their head coach. But they were to Tim.”
Congratulations to Tadlock on the award.