Just the fifth Bradley Baseball coach since 1921 and the 15th head coach overall for the Braves, Elvis Dominguez is in his seventh year directing the Bradley Baseball program.
Dominguez, 50, has 24 years of college coaching experience, including seven seasons as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University. During his career, Dominguez has recruited and coached 10 players that advanced to the Major Leagues, 23 All-Americans and four conference players of the year. In his first six years at Bradley, the Braves have produced a national batting champion and consensus All-American (Mike Tauchman), four Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-Americans and 21 All-Missouri Valley Conference selections. In addition, six Braves have embarked on professional baseball careers with RHP Rob Scahill pitching in the Major Leagues for the Colorado Rockies each of the last three seasons.
Eight of his Eastern Kentucky players were drafted by Major League organizations, including a trio of Colonels selected within the first seven rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Of particular note, 2008 OVC Pitcher of the Year Christian Friedrich was the 25th overall selection by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2008 draft.
Dominguez expects as much of his players off the field as on, as evidenced by his teams' performance in the classroom. In 2008, his Eastern Kentucky squad boasted the top NCAA Academic Progress Rate (960) of any NCAA Division I team in the state of Kentucky and ranked among the 80th percentile of all Division I teams in the nation. In addition, his EKU teams posted at least a 3.0 grade point average in each of his last five years, including a 12-year-best 3.1 mark during the 2007 fall semester.
Larry Scully boasts 23 years of coaching experience, including 18 at the collegiate level, and his wealth of experience has made a significant impact for the Braves in his two seasons on The Hilltop.
In his first season with the Braves in 2015, Scully helped the Braves reach the NCAA postseason for the first time since 1968 and the Braves earned their first postseason win since 1956 by beating Morehead State in the second round of the Louisville Regional. Bradley's 36 wins in 2015 were the most by the Braves since 1996 (40-22) and the team's 65 combined wins in 2015 and 2016 represent the program's best two-year total since 1996-97 (66), while Bradley's .607 winning percentage (65-42) since the start of the 2015 season is the program's best two-year winning percentage since 1993-94 (.641, 75-42).
Under Scully's direction, Bradley led the Missouri Valley Conference and tied for eighth nationally in 2015 with eight shutouts, equaling the program record for shutouts in a single season. The shutout record was aided by a streak of 34.1 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest streak in both Bradley and Valley history, which included all three games in a weekend series sweep at McNeese State Feb. 20-22, 2015. In his second season in 2016, Scully's pitching staff led The Valley with a 3.52 earned run average. The Braves ranked 34th nationally in ERA in 2016 and also ranked among the nation's top 40 for fewest walks allowed per nine innings (28th, 3.02); WHIP (29th, 1.25); strikeouts-to-walk ratio (31st, 2.54); and fewest hits allowed per nine innings (38th, 8.23).
Former Bradley Baseball volunteer assistant coach Kyle Trewyn has returned to the Braves as a full-time assistant coach for the 2017 season.
Trewyn previously served as Bradley's volunteer assistant for two seasons from 2012-14 and returns to Bradley from Quincy University, where he worked as a full-time assistant the last two seasons. Trewyn replaces Sean Lyons, who was named the head coach at SIU Edwardsville last month.
In his two years at Quincy, Trewyn served as the hitting coach, catching instructor, infield instructor and first base coach. The 2016 Hawks set program records for batting average (.334), home runs (89), doubles (124), RBI's (483) and runs scored (517) while compiling a 39-18 overall record and repeating as the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional. In Trewyn's two seasons with the Hawks, Quincy also won the 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference Western Division championship and produced two NCAA Gold Glove winners and 17 All-GLVC players, including 2016 GLVC Player of the Year Ryan Snyder.