Fort Hays State University Director of Athletics Curtis Hammeke announced the hiring of Jerod Goodale as head baseball coach on Thursday.
A native of Hays and alumnus of Fort Hays State University, Goodale returns to guide the program where his collegiate baseball journey began. He becomes the 15th head coach in the program’s history.
From 2012-2018, Goodale was head coach at Colorado School of Mines where he built the baseball program into a conference and national contender.
Prior to his first head coaching position, Goodale spent 2010-2011 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where he helped the program to 59 wins.
Before that, he served as an assistant coach at Wichita State University for 2007-2009 primarily working with catchers, while in charge of opponent scouting reports and assisting with hitters and defense. He helped the program to a 131-66 overall record, five Missouri Valley Conference Championships (three regular season, two tournament), and NCAA Tournament appearances all three years, reaching the Super Regionals twice.
Goodale began his collegiate coaching career at Fort Hays State University, where he served as an assistant coach for 2005-2006. He served as pitching coach and helped guide the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006, the last time the program reached the national tournament. The pitching staff in 2006 set an RMAC record for lowest team earned run average (3.65), while boasting the RMAC Pitcher of the Year. Fort Hays State had a record of 76-39 over his two years as an assistant.
Goodale was a student-athlete at Fort Hays State University, playing from 2001 to 2004.