Ryan Folmar enters year six as the head baseball coach at Oral Roberts University with a career record of 177-111 (.615) and three-straight Summit League Coach of the Year honors to his name. Prior to being tabbed the head coach in 2013, Folmar served on the ORU coaching staff as an assistant for nine seasons.
Folmar led the Golden Eagles to their 17th-consecutive conference regular season title and the program's 18th-straight tournament title in 2017 posting a 43-16 overall record on his way to being named Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year. ORU advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the 28th time in its history where it picked up Coach Folmar's first-ever NCAA victory, a 14-6 win over in-state rival Oklahoma State in an elimination game.
The Golden Eagles swept the conference's postseason awards in 2017 as Noah Cummings (Player of the Year), Miguel Ausua (Pitcher of the Year) and Dylan Snypes (Newcomer of the Year) were all recognized by The Summit League. Ausua and Cummings went on to be named to the NCBWA All-America Team becoming the first ORU players since 2015 to earn the distinction, while Matt Whatley was tabbed as the Johnny Bench Award winner as the nation's best collegiate catcher.
In 2016, ORU went 38-21 on its way to Summit League regular season and tournament championships before an appearance in the NCAA Regionals. The Golden Eagles finished the regular season with a 4-1 record against teams from the Big 12 with wins over Oklahoma, Kansas State and a home-and-home sweep of Oklahoma State, and added road wins over SEC members Auburn and Mississippi State.
Folmar collected the 100th win of his career against Little Rock March 4, 2016, getting a 14-5 win over the Trojans becoming the sixth coach in program history to reach the milestone.
The 2015 season served as a defining year for Folmar, leading the Golden Eagles to their first postseason appearance in three seasons finishing with a 41-16 record overall while dominating The Summit League with a 25-5 record. The Golden Eagles fared especially well against the Big 12, finishing the year 5-1 against the conference after defeating Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 10 Oklahoma State on the road, and downing the Cowboys and Red Raiders at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Anthony Sequeria and Matt Whatley led the charge in 2015 as Sequeria was named a finalist for the prestigious John Olerud Award, given to the nation's top two-way player, while Whatley was selected as a Freshman All-America from four publications, including Perfect Game USA, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com and Baseball America.
In 2014, Folmar led the Golden Eagles to a 30-26 overall record, with a 15-15 mark in Southland Conference play, including a home victory over No. 8 Oklahoma State and a two-game season sweep against No. 28 Oklahoma.
In his first season as the skipper, the Golden Eagles finished two wins shy of a Southland Conference Tournament championship, completing the season with a 25-32 overall record. ORU finished third in the league with a 16-11 record, including the program's first-ever, three-game sweep of a ranked opponent when the Golden Eagles took three against No. 23 Central Arkansas.
In Folmar’s first season, Alex Gonzalez finished second in the NCAA in strikeouts with 126, helping him to Second Team All-America honors by Perfect Game. Gonzalez went on to be drafted No. 23 overall by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Before taking the reins as head coach at ORU, Folmar spent the previous nine seasons developing a reputation as one of the finest hitting instructors in all of college baseball. The Golden Eagles won the Summit League Championship in each of Folmar’s nine seasons on the staff, advancing to NCAA Regional play each season.
The Golden Eagles advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006, finishing the season ranked in the top 25 in every major college baseball poll. Folmar’s offense was the backbone of the squad, finishing in the top 20 nationally in batting average, runs scored and slugging percentage.
Folmar tutored freshman third baseman Trevino into one of the finest young players in college baseball, as the rookie earned Summit League Newcomer of the Year honors and two freshman All-America nods in 2012.
Folmar joined the Golden Eagles after spending five seasons (1999-2003) as Director of Baseball Operations at Oklahoma State. At OSU, Folmar handled various administrative duties, including the Cowboy baseball camps and served as the color voice on OSU radio broadcasts for three years.
A four-year letter winner at Oklahoma State from 1994-97, Folmar earned honorable mention All-Big 8 honors as a sophomore in 1995 and helped lead the Cowboys to the 1996 College World Series. Following his playing days with the Cowboys, the Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, native spent two seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Folmar and his wife Kay Lynn have three children; Kade, Reese and Luke.
Folmar by the Numbers
*15 MLB Draft picks
*1 Freshman All-American
*1 Johnny Bench Award winner (Matt Whatley-2017)
*3 Summit League Coach of the Year (2015, 2016, 2017)
*3 Summit League Pitcher of the Year (2013, 2015, 2017)
*3 Summit League Newcomer of the Year (2015, 2016, 2017)
*2 Summit League Player of the Year (2015, 2017)
*1 Summit League Relief Pitcher of the Year (2014)
*27 First-Team All-Conference selections
*11 Second-Team All-Conference selections
*3 Third-Team All-Conference selections
*3 Summit League Regular Season championships
*3 Summit League Championship titles