Head Coach Kyle Hope
Kyle Hope is in his third year as head coach of the Tigers baseball program. Previously, he served three years as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Ouachita.
In 2013, the Tigers pitching staff finished second in the conference in ERA. Davis Ward, the team’s top hurler, was twice chosen as GAC pitcher of the week. Ward was chosen as the GAC pitcher of the year, was selected as the top collegiate baseball player in the state of Arkansas, and in 2014 was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. In that same draft, Tiger closer, Keegan Ghidotti, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. In the 2016 draft, Ouachita starting pitcher Connor Eller was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hope has thirty-five years of coaching experience on the high school and collegiate levels including a state championship in 1998 at Highland Park (Dallas, TX) High School. He has had coaching stints at Garland High School, Allen High School and Richardson High School. He was voted coach of the year in 2010 while at Richardson, and that same year he was selected to coach in the North Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game. Additionally, Hope spent five summers coaching the McKinney Marshals in the Texas Collegiate League earning four playoff appearances, three championship berths and a league title in 2006. He also captured the TCL coach of the year honor in 2004.
Hope played collegiate baseball at Richland Community College before moving on to North Texas State University where he earned his undergraduate degree. He earned an MSE degree from Henderson State University where he also assisted the Reddie baseball team for two years helping them to post-season play both seasons.
Coach Hope and his wife, Cindy, have two children. Daughter, Erin, is married to Jordan Allen and they have two children, Gentry and Camden. Son, Ryan, is engaged to Haley Bova.