STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton’s Bryan Conger is set to take the main stage alongside some of the biggest names in college baseball on November 17 as the 10th year head coach of Texan Baseball has been asked to present a pitching clinic for the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Conger will join TCU coaches Jim Schlossnagle and Bill Mosiello, as well as others, to present the one-day event for regional baseball coaches of all levels. The clinic will take place on the TCU campus from 8:30 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. on Nov. 17.
“We are excited, as a program, to have the opportunity to speak at this clinic,” said Conger. “We would really like to thank the ABCA and TCU for putting on the event and asking us to be a part of it.”
Conger is in his 10th season as the head coach of Tarleton Baseball and has enjoyed three championship seasons in the last six years, beginning with the program’s first Lone Star Conference Championship season in 2013. The program has since followed with two LSC Tournament Championships, including last season. Conger has also been a part of all four of Tarleton’s NCAA regional tournament appearances, leading three as the head coach and one as a graduate assistant pitching coach in 1998.
Since taking over in 2009 as the head coach, Tarleton has produced 10 All-LSC First Team pitchers, 12 All-LSC Second Team pitchers, two honorable mention All-LSC pitchers, and the 2018 LSC Pitcher of the Year Nathan Hickey. Hickey was also named a National College Baseball Writers Association Honorable Mention All-American last year and an ABCA National Gold Glove Pitcher.
Under his tutelage, Tarleton has seen some of the best pitchers in program history don the purple and white. Conger has had several pitchers advance to the professional ranks over his tenure, including MLB draft pick Ryan Turner who went to Tampa Bay in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft.
Prior to his time at Tarleton, Conger was the pitching coach for NCAA Division I University of Utah where he molded Stephen Fife into an MLB pitcher. Fife was a third-round MLB draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2008 and went on to pitch in the big leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2012-14.
Before heading to Salt Lake City, he spent time at Cloud Community College and Lamar Community College. During his stint at Lamar, Conger mentored Brandon McCarthy who was drafted out of LCC in the 17th round by the Chicago White Sox. McCarthy has gone on to enjoy a 13-year major league career, over which he has played for seven teams and racked up nearly 70 pitching victories. He was also a part of the 2017 National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Conger resides in Stephenville with his wife, Melanie. The couple have three children – Maddux, Kaleigh, and Jacoby. Maddux pitched at Vanderbilt University for three seasons before being drafted by the Detroit Tigers last June and Kaleigh is a junior volleyball player for Tarleton State University. His youngest son, Jacoby, is diagnosed with Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous Syndrome and is expanding his list of life accomplishments by learning to swim this summer.