Todd Whitting will embark on his eighth year as head coach at Houston in 2018.
Whitting became the eighth head coach in program history, bringing a solid resume as a coach and as a recruiter, roles he held for seven seasons at TCU and as an assistant at Houston from 1996 to 2003.
During his career, he has been a part of programs that won 20 conference regular-season and tournament championships, competed in 16 NCAA Regionals, six NCAA Super Regionals and one NCAA College World Series.
Terry Rooney was named the new assistant coach for the Cougars on June 26, 2017. The former Alabama associate head coach and UCF head coach, Rooney will hold the title of Houston's assistant coach, working directly with the pitching staff while also assisting with recruiting efforts.
Rooney brings a wealth of experience to Houston's veteran coaching staff, having spent eight years as the head coach at UCF. He most recently served as the pitching coach at Alabama during the 2017 season and joins the Houston program with more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience.
PRIOR TO HOUSTON
Rooney has an extensive background in college baseball, having made several stops at established programs throughout the country. Prior to spending the 2017 season at Alabama, he led one of Houston's American foes in UCF for eight seasons (2008-16). Before heading to Orlando, Rooney was an assistant at LSU (2007-08), Notre Dame (2004-06), Stetson (2002-03), Old Dominion (2000-01), James Madison (1998-99) and George Washington (1997). In all of those stops, Rooney was involved in some capacity with the pitching staff and/or recruiting.
Ryan Shotzberger, formally the program's Director of Player Development, was promoted to Assistant Coach on July 28, 2017. In this new role as assistant coach, Shotzberger will oversee player offensive development.
Shotzberger has spent the last four seasons as the program's Director of Player Development and the two years prior to that as the volunteer assistant coach. He helped Houston to four American Athletic Conference Championship titles, three 40-win seasons, a Super Regional appearance and two NCAA Regional host bids.
Prior to Houston, Shotzberger spent five years on staff at TCU with Whitting.
Shotzberger has been a part of several successful programs during his time with Houston and TCU. In total, has helped those programs to seven 40+ win seasons, 11 Conference Championships, seven NCAA Regionals, three NCAA Super Regionals and one College World Series berth.
Former Houston standout Caleb Barker ('14) joined the staff as an assistant coach on August 24, 2016. In this role, Barker coaches the catchers and assists with the offensive development.
In 2017, Barker helped the Cougars capture the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 15-9 league record and won the tournament title after going 4-0 in Clearwater, Fla., becoming the first team since 2000 to win both championships in the same year.
As an assistant, Barker saw the Cougars notch their 14th 40+ win season in program history and third in the last four years with a 42-21 overall record.
Director of Player Development
Cory VanAllen, a former professional baseball player who played collegiately at Baylor, assumed the new role of Director of Player Development on July 28, 2017, after serving as a manager the last two seasons while completing his undergraduate degree.
In the role as Director of Player Development, VanAllen will oversee day-to-day duties within the program and assist in a variety of rules in the development of the student-athletes.
VanAllen is no stranger to the program after spending the last two seasons as a student manager while completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Houston. He helped the Cougars to a 2017 Championship season that featured a regular-season conference championship and a tournament title as well as the right to host an NCAA Regional.