First-Year Pros Return to Train at Baylor Ballpark
2012 fall signing class features seven from Lone Star state.
Former All-Big 12 catcher returning to Baylor as assistant coach
All four members of Baylor's staff to return in 2013
Bears and Hogs battle for trip to 66th annual College World Series
In his last season working with the pitching staff, Mote guided the unit to a 3.88 ERA and 3.24 ERA among starters in 2014. Additionally, he helped bring along senior Josh Michalec from dependable middle reliever to record-setting closer. Prior to 2014, Michalec hadn't even had a save, let alone a save chance, and he responded to the early-season closer experiment in a huge why by breaking the Baylor and Big 12 single-season saves records with 21 (ranked second in NCAA).
In 2013, Mote coached the Bears' pitching staff to a 3.99 team ERA while helping develop three players into MLB Draft picks: LHP Crayton Bare, RHP Max Garner and RHP Dillon Newman (did not sign; returned for 2014 season). All three hurlers were 2013 All-Big 12 honorees. Bare set career highs in innings pitched (53.1), wins (6-2) and strikeouts (54). Garner set career highs in starts (14) innings pitched (84.2) and strikeouts (64). Newman led the team's starters with a 2.91 ERA and .225 opponent batting average while having a career-high 52 strikeouts and career-low five walks. He ranked third in the NCAA in walks allowed per nine innings (0.58) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.4) and seventh in WHIP (0.88) as he set a new Baylor single-season records for strikeout-to-walk ratio and WHIP.
Mote took over as the Bears' primary pitching coach in 2012 and called pitches for a staff that posted a 3.08 ERA -- the best by a Baylor team since 1970, which was prior to the aluminum-bat era. The 2012 Bears finished 49-17 and won the Waco Regional, rebounding from an opening round loss to win four consecutive elimination games over three days. Mote coached two All-Americans, four All-Big 12 honorees, one Big 12 All-Freshman team selection and three 2012 MLB draft picks.
He was credited with the dramatic turnaround made by Trent Blank, who entered the season with a 5.99 ERA in his first three seasons at Baylor. Mote worked with Blank on changing his arm slot, and Blank earned All-America honors after posting an 11-1 record with a 2.23 ERA in 19 appearances in 2012. His 11 wins were the most by a Baylor pitcher since 2000, and he led the Big 12 in wins and ranked sixth in ERA.
Mote returned to Baylor in 2009 after a three-year stint as assistant coach at Yavapai College in Arizona, which followed a three-season professional career.
The Bears have advanced to NCAA Regional play in four of Mote's six seasons as assistant coach. Baylor finished third in the 2009 Baton Rouge Regional, advanced to the championship rounds of the 2010 Fort Worth Regional and the 2011 Houston Regional and won the 2012 Waco Regional before coming up one win shy of a trip to the College World Series in the 2012 Waco Super Regional.
A native of Kingman, Ariz., Mote played at Baylor during the 2001 season. He began his collegiate career at Yavapai College, where he twice led the Roughriders to ACCAC conference championships and was named a Junior College All-American in 1999. Mote spent his junior season at the University of Arizona before transferring to Baylor for his senior campaign.
In his one season with the Bears, Mote started all 61 games at second base and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors. He hit .313 with five home runs, 34 RBI, 19 doubles, 68 runs scored and six stolen bases. A switch hitter, Mote established a Baylor record for hits in an NCAA Regional when he was 10-for-19 with a double, a home run and four RBI in the Bears' four games at the NCAA Houston Regional. He earned all-tournament honors for his performance.
Mote was a 15th-round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2001 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He spent three seasons in the Astros' organization, reaching Advanced A classification with the Salem Avalanche of the Carolina League in 2003. Mote, who primarily played third base at the professional level, was a Midwest League all-star selection in 2002 while with the Class A Michigan Battle Cats. That season, he hit .277 with nine home runs, 70 RBI, 25 doubles and seven stolen bases. In three professional seasons, Mote hit .256 with 12 homers, 133 RBI, 53 doubles and 22 stolen bases.
Following his time as a player in professional baseball, Mote returned to Baylor to complete his Bachelor of Science degree before returning to Yavapai College as a coach for the 2005 season. In three seasons with Mote on the coaching staff, Yavapai was 134-51-1 with two ACCAC conference titles and an NJCAA national runner-up finish in 2006.
Mote, 35, is married to the former April Luce from Lake Jackson, Texas. April was a four-year letterwinner for Baylor's softball program. She is the cousin of former Baylor baseball letterwinner Brandon Luce and the niece of former Baylor football standout Derrel Luce. The couple has two daughters, Maci Louise and McKinley Jay.