Former Oklahoma State head coach Frank Anderson has become the newest member of the University of Houston baseball coaching staff, head coach Todd Whitting announced on Friday, July 20, 2012.
"Coach Anderson is well regarded in Division I baseball as one of the premier pitching coaches in the nation," said Whitting. "This is a tremendous hire for our program and I am very excited for our players to have the opportunity to work with him. His track record with not only the individuals he has coached but also the pitching staffs and teams he has built is impeccable.
"Coach Anderson's decision to be a part of our team speaks volumes for the respect our program has on a national level and as one of the premier college baseball programs in the country. I am very excited to welcome Frank, Sandra, Brett and Katelyn to the UH family."
Anderson will serve primarily as Houston's pitching coach and brings nine years of head coaching experience to the program. The former OSU head coach enjoyed an impressive stint as the leader of the Cowboys since 2003.
Returning to his alma mater, Todd Whitting rejoined the University of Houston baseball program as its head coach on July 1, 2010.
Whitting became the eighth 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 1995 to 2003.
During his career, he has been a part of programs that won 16 conference regular-season and tournament championships, competed in 13 NCAA Regionals, five NCAA Super Regionals and one NCAA College World Series.
He also worked closely with 58 players that were drafted by major league organizations.
In his first season with the Cougars, Whitting guided the program to an appearance in the Conference USA Tournament Championship. Freshman Landon Appling went on to earn All-Freshman Team honors and senior Caleb Ramsey was named to the All-C-USA Second Team. Ramsey went on to be drafted in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
Trip Couch begins his second season at the University of Houston after being named an assistant coach on July 8, 2010.
Couch rejoined the Cougar baseball program after a stint as assistant coach from 1995 to 2000. He and Whitting served as assistant coaches at UH together from 1996 to 2000. As a member of Whitting's staff, Couch serves as Cougar baseball's recruiting coordinator. He is also responsible for coaching the outfielders and catchers and implementing the short game offensively. In addition, he coordinates the offense with Coach Whitting.
In his first season at Houston, Couch helped the 2011 team to an appearance in the Conference USA Tournament Championship for the first time since 2008. Freshman Landon Appling went on to earn All-Freshman Team honors and senior Caleb Ramsey was named to the All-C-USA Second Team. Ramsey went on to be drafted in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
In preparation for his second season on staff, Couch was instrumental in the signing of 20 student-athletes to the 2012 roster.
University of Houston head baseball coach Todd Whitting announced the hiring of Ryan Shotzberger as assistant coach on Aug. 11, 2011.
"I am really excited to have Ryan at the University of Houston," Whitting said. "He and I spent a lot of time together at TCU on teams that had a great deal of success. He was a big part of the success that we had in Fort Worth that culminated with our trip to the College World Series."
"For me there is a comfort level with Ryan because we have worked together before and he knows my system inside and out. To me, this was a slam dunk hire for us, and the program really got better the day we hired Ryan Shotzberger."
As a member of Whitting's staff, Shotzberger will serve as the Cougar Baseball Camp director as well as assist with the hitters and base runners. He will also serve as the third-base coach.
"I am excited to join the staff at Houston," Shotzberger said. "I have worked with Coach Whitting before and I know how his system works. Jack (Cressend) and Trip (Couch) also have a great energy and I am excited to be a part of that group."