A longtime Texan trading the T's on his baseball hat as the head coach of the Tarleton Baseball program Bryan Conger has resigned to pursue a career in the professional ranks with the Texas Rangers Baseball Organization.
"My family and I would really like to thank everyone in the Tarleton community," said Conger. "We know that we wouldn't have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if Coach (Jack) Allen hadn't given me a chance all those years ago. He helped me grow, not only as a baseball player but, as a human being. The willingness of the entire Tarleton community to embrace my family and be there for us through the things we've gone through is immeasurable to us.
"This decision is a life-altering opportunity for my family and is something that we look forward to facing the challenge of and we can't wait to get started on this next chapter of our lives," he added.
Over the last several seasons, Conger found success by utilizing technology within the Texan Baseball program. His data collection using Motus technology on pitchers, as well as the tracking of offensive launch angles and exit velocities, proved to be groundbreaking within the baseball profession and helped Tarleton reach the NCAA postseason for the fourth time in program history and win its second LSC Tournament title. He was a keynote speaker on the topic at the 75th Annual ABCA Coaches Convention in Dallas last week.
Conger spent 10 seasons as the head coach of Tarleton Baseball and enjoyed three championship seasons in the last six years, beginning with the program's first Lone Star Conference Championship season in 2013. The program has since followed with two LSC Tournament Championships, including last season. Conger has also been a part of all four of Tarleton's NCAA regional tournament appearances, leading three as the head coach and one as a graduate assistant pitching coach in 1998.
He will end his coaching career with 288 career wins, which is second only to Hall of Fame Coach Jack Allen for the most in program history.
"We're grateful to Bryan and his family for all they have done to bring success back to our baseball program," said athletic director Lonn Reisman. "We are certainly going to miss him but we're excited for him to take on this next phase of his career. We wish him nothing but the best."
A new head coach will be named prior to the start of the 2019 season, which is set to begin Feb. 1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The remaining staff currently consists of assistant coach Brennan Rogers and graduate assistant Ruben Rodriguez.