The 2017 season is the 13th for Kyle Gould as the head coach of the Taylor University baseball program and his first full year as the TU Athletics Director.
Since taking over the reins of the baseball program in 2005, Gould has amassed a record of 398-236 (.628) and has coached 49 first-team all-conference athletes over 12 seasons. Gould has also mentored five Crossroads League Players of the Year and five Crossroads League Pitchers of the Year, while seeing at least one player receive the honor in eight-straight seasons. In addition, three of Gould’s players have advanced to play professional baseball.
Gould has led the Trojans to seven Crossroads League Championships during his 12 previous years as head coach of the Trojans, claiming five-straight league titles from 2009 through 2013, with regular season crowns in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016 to go with tournament championships in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2016. Along with the league titles, Gould has been named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year five times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016), with each honor coming over the past seven seasons.
In all, Gould has helped TU to the nine-highest single-season win totals in school history, including a program record of 40 victories achieved during the 2016 campaign. Gould notched his 300th win during the 2014 season over Defiance College, and has climbed to within 46 victories in the dugout of surpassing Larry Winterholter as the program’s all-time winningest coach.
Since the start of the 2009 season, Taylor has established itself as the top program within the Crossroads League with six championships in the past eight seasons. During that time, the Trojans have won at least 32 games in all eight seasons, while posting a collective mark of 290-146 (.665) and accumulating an even better record of 167-52 (.763) in league play.
In 2006 Gould led the Trojans to what was then a school-record 33 wins, a conference tournament championship and a berth in the NAIA regional tournament. Taylor also received national attention, reaching as high as No. 22 in the NAIA national rankings for the first time in the program’s history.
Three years later the Trojans broke the single season wins record with a 38-19 mark. The 2009 Trojans won the conference tournament championship and made program history with an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round, its first national tournament appearance since 1969.
The following season led to the first outright Crossroads League Championship in school history, tying the school record for wins in a season (38-17) and earning a return trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
The 2011 season started with a pre-season ranking of No. 22 and saw a second consecutive CL Championship (35-14) and the longest winning streak in the NAIA at 24-consecutive wins.
In 2012 Gould directed the Trojans to their third straight regular season conference championship and the highest ranking in school history at No. 17 in the NAIA Top -25 Poll. The Trojans ended the year with a 38-20 record and advanced into the NAIA National Tournament.
Taylor continued its run of dominance throughout the 2013 season, winning the final 15 games of the regular season and taking 30-of-35 games to end the year with an overall mark of 35-14. The season was highlighted by 19 comeback victories, resulting in the fourth NAIA National Tournament appearance in five seasons for Taylor, where TU secured a win at nationals for the fourth time in a five-year span.
Gould guided the Trojans back to another championship and a program-record 40 victories in 2016, as the Trojans finished 40-18 and as the Crossroads League regular season and tournament champions. TU defeated three top-25 teams, made its fifth appearance in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round and ranked seventh among all baseball programs in the NAIA with a 3.33 team grade-point average.
Gould has made multiple appearances as a guest speaker at the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. In 2008 he spoke on the topic of Effective Indoor Practice Planning, followed by Catching Drills for the Complete Catcher in 2009 and 2012.
In addition to the accomplishments on the diamond, Gould has developed a highly successful camps program at Taylor, growing the TU Baseball Camps to over 100 participants at each of three sessions in January and February.
A 2002 Taylor graduate, Gould was an all-conference catcher for the Trojans and started all four years on the baseball team, winning the then-MCC Tournament Championship in 1999.
Gould and his wife, Kate, live in Fort Wayne with their newborn daughter, Penelope.