Sean Snedeker enters his fifth season as the pitching coach at Oral Roberts University after joining the baseball staff in July 2012, bringing nearly 20 years of experience to the Golden Eagles.
In his tenure with ORU, Snedeker has guided nine players to professional careers, including Holden Cammack, who was drafted in the 16th round by the Chicago Cubs in 2016. He has also had 10 players earn postseason recognition under his tutelage at ORU.
Snedeker's 2016 staff pushed the team to its 26th appearance in the NCAA Regionals behind a Summit League-leading 3.91 team earned run average and 7.94 strikeouts per nine innings. Closer Brady Womacks broke the Golden Eagles' single-season saves record with 14, while Bryce Howe led the league with 84 strikeouts and Nick Wood tallied a conference-best 2.68 ERA. All three were named to the All-Summit League team along with fellow pitcher Cale Tims.
He worked with three All-Summit League pitchers in 2015 as well as the Summit League Pitcher of the Year, Xavier Altamirano. ORU ranked in the top 25 in the nation in several pitching categories, including shutouts (7), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.81) and ERA (3.30). He had four pitchers drafted in 2015: Anthony Sequeira (23rd round-Philadelphia Phillies), Xavier Altamirano (27th round-Oakland Athletics), Guillermo Trujillo (35th round-Baltimore Orioles) and Jake McDavid (40th round-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim).
In 2014, Snedeker led a pitching staff that featured two All-Southland Conference selections, including first-team honoree Pepe Gomez. Jordan Romano was named the Southland’s Relief Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference with 13 saves, and he was named to the Third Team All-Southland squad.
Snedeker had two ORU alums drafted in June of 2014, as Romano was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, while Gavin Glanz was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 23rd round.
Under Snedeker’s direction in 2013, the Golden Eagle pitching staff finished with the second-lowest earned run average in the Southland Conference at 3.54. Snedeker directed Alex Gonzalez, who was named the Southland Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Southland and was drafted No. 23 overall by the Texas Rangers in June of 2013.
Before coming to ORU in the summer of 2012, he spent six years as the pitching coach at Duke, leading a staff that finished eighth in the nation in ERA in 2008. With the Blue Devils, his staff also improved in strikeouts each year, and in 2012 they finished ninth in the nation with 8.00 strikeouts per nine innings. He helped develop over a dozen professional pitching prospects, including Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, the 22nd overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Prior to his time at Duke, Snedeker spent 12 seasons as a pitching coach in the Chicago White Sox organization and another year in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. In the pro ranks, Snedeker coached more than 50 current or former major league pitchers, including 2012 All-Star and National League Cy Young runner up Gio Gonzalez.
A standout at Texas A&M from 1987-88, Snedeker had a 17-4 overall record in his collegiate playing career. In 1988, Snedeker posted a 9-2 record and a 3.50 ERA while striking out 87 batters and walking 41, earning the C.E. “Pat” Olsen Outstanding Pitcher Award that season.
Snedeker was selected in the 30th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Draft, reaching Double-A level before leaving to join the coaching ranks. Professionally, he compiled a 34-21 record with a career 3.24 ERA. His career highlight came while pitching for Class A Vero Beach, when he tossed a perfect game on August 28, 1991, against the Port St. Lucie Mets.
Snedeker graduated from Texas A&M earning a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology in 1990 and added a Master of Science degree in kinesiology in 2000. He and his wife, Mary Jane, have two children, a daughter, Sydney, and a son, Sy.