MEMPHIS, TN – Memphis Tigers Head Coach Daron Schoenrock announced his retirement plan after the 2022 season after what will be 18 seasons on the top step of the Tigers dugout.
Schoenrock’s first season as head coach of Memphis dates back to 2005, and he recently concluded his 36th season overall as a college coach.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to lead this Memphis Tigers baseball program for the past 17 years,” said Schoenrock. “The relationships with over 190 players, 32 different staff members, and their commitment to excellence in representing the University of Memphis in a first-class manner on and off the court are things I will always be grateful. Once a tiger, always a tiger!”
“We greatly appreciate ‘Rock’s time as the head coach of Tiger Baseball,” the Memphis vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics said. Laird Veatch noted. “Rock is a perfect example of the impact a coach can have on student-athletes. Not only has he prepared his teams for success on the field, but he has demonstrated a true commitment to being part of the community and to help touch the lives of those around us. We wish him the best as he retires after one more season as Tigers skipper.
“Over his 18-year career at Memphis, Rock has had a profound impact on the lives of our baseball student-athletes,” said Memphis Associate AD for Development and Baseball Sport Administrator. Blair DeBord noted. “We look forward to honoring him later this season to pay tribute to his achievements, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to cap his career with a successful season.”
Schoenrock guided the Tigers to 437 wins and one NCAA Region appearance, and he was the 2013 American Conference Coach of the Year. Memphis had eight 30-win seasons with Schoenrock at the helm, including five straight from 2011-15.
He has mentored two C-USA Players of the Year (Chad Zuercher, 2011; Jacob Wilson, 2012), a C-USA Launcher of the Year (Erik Schoenrock, 2013) and 34 players from all conferences during his tenure. Schoenrock also helped four Tigers achieve All-America recognition, while Hunter Goodman picking up multiple Freshman All-America honors in 2019.
A total of 34 Tigers have reached professional baseball after Schoenrock’s conservatorship, with Goodman most recently being selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft. Former Schoenrock Tigers Sam Moll reached the major leagues with Oakland in 2017, and Wilson starred on The Show with Oakland and Houston in 2021.
Schoenrock was hired as Memphis’ head coach on June 29, 2004, and immediately helped root the program as part of the Memphis community. Like his coach, Schoenrock’s teams have participated in multiple community service efforts, such as visiting children at Ronald McDonald House, Target House, or St. Jude every year since he was hired.
The Tigers added Streets Ministries to their goodwill efforts, cooking meals and interacting with inner-city youth during visits to the community outreach organization. The Tigers visited the Field of Dreams in Southaven, where they hosted a special meet and greet session and donated gifts to support the league that serves children with special needs in the Mid-South. The Schoenrock Tigers also got involved in the “Step Up for Down Syndrome” march.
Schoenrock came to Memphis after several successful years as an assistant coach. Prior to taking the Tigers skipper job, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach on the Mississippi State staff, where his primary responsibilities included coaching Bulldog pitchers and overseeing recruiting efforts. from MSU. Schoenrock also coordinated activities for the Bulldogs Adoptive Parent Program.
Prior to joining Mississippi State, Schoenrock was a pitching coach at Georgia (2000-01) and Kentucky (1998-99) and spent 1990-97 as an assistant coach at Birmingham Southern. He served as the Chicago White Sox’s short-season A affiliate pitching coach in the summer of 1995.
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