A familair face returns to Middle Tennessee in 2006 to assume the responsibilities of pitching coach - former conference pitcher of the year and one-time assistant coach Mike McLaury.
McLaury begins his second stint at his alma mater after serving as Middle Tennessee's pitching coach in 2000. He also was a standout pitcher for the Blue Raiders during the 1992-93 seasons and became the first player in program history to earn Pitcher of the Year when he was so honored by the OVC in 1993.
To date, McLaury and former Blue Raider Dewon Brazelton are the only pitchers in Middle Tennessee history to earn their league's Pitcher of the Year honor.
"When we had an opening this summer, Mike was available and it was a no-brainer for me to offer him this position," head coach Steve Peterson said. "I feel very confident with his background, his loyalty and his future as far as what he can do for us. He has progressed into a quality pitching coach and I feel very good about bringing him back on board. Mike has always been a Blue Raider, but now we can dress him back in blue."
McLaury spent the previous four seasons at Western Kentucky, where his duties included pitching coach, assistant recruiting coordinator, field maintenance, assistant camp coordinator and tournament director.
During his four years in Bowling Green, McLaury developed two Sun Belt Conference Pitchers of the Year (2002, 2003). His pitching staff paved the way for Western Kentucky winning the 2004 Sun Belt Tournament championship, earning a berth in the NCAA Regional in Oxford, Miss. Once there, the fourth-seeded Hilltoppers shocked host Ole Miss, 1-0, in their first game. WKU also reached the finals of the 2003 Sun Belt Championships.
Before taking the position at Western Kentucky, McLaury was head coach and Sports Center Manager at Lincoln Trail Community College in Robinson, Ill.
McLaury guided Lincoln Trail to the regular-season championship for the first time in school history, earning Great Rivers Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in the process.
In 2000, McLaury worked as pitching coach at Middle Tennessee, where his duties also included assistant recruiting coordinator, assistant camp director and field maintenance. The Blue Raiders won the OVC Tournament title in 2000, advancing to the finals of the NCAA Regional at Clemson, S.C., eliminating Old Dominion and Illinois before falling to host Clemson in the Regional final.
Prior to returning to Middle Tennessee, McLaury was pitching coach at Columbia State Community College from 1997-99. Columbia State finished fifth in the NJCAA Division I World Series in 1997. The highly-successful McLaury also was the head baseball coach at Community High School in Unionville, Tenn., in 1996 and served as assistant baseball coach at Motlow State Community College in 1995.
During his playing career at Middle Tennessee, McLaury was named the OVC Pitcher of the Year in 1993, as well as a First-Team All-OVC selection. He compiled a 13-11 record with a 2.94 ERA with 153 strikeouts in 211.0 innings of work during his Blue Raider career.
McLaury is married to the former Ashlie Jones. The couple has one child, Jack, born August 27, 2004.