When the 2020 baseball season begins, Aaron Meade will begin his first season as the head baseball coach for Tarleton State University.
Meade was announced as the eighth head coach in Tarleton’s modern era of baseball on July 23 and introduced at a press conference on July 24.
Meade comes to Tarleton after a four-year career as the top assistant and pitching coach for Pittsburg State University (MIAA) in Pittsburg, Kansas. Last year, Meade helped the Gorillas to their first 30-win season since 2004 and led the pitching staff to its lowest team ERA since 2002 (4.96).
Prior to his four seasons at Pitt State, Meade spent one year at William Jewell College and helped the Cardinals to their first NCAA regional tournament berth in school history. He also spent a season as the volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Missouri State, where he helped his team reach the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Tournament.
Meade shined on the field for Missouri State from 2008-10 where he was a two-time All-MVC selection before being selected in the 10th round (324th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels. Meade pitched in the minor leagues for four seasons, winning nine games and striking out 165 batters in over 200 innings of work. He was named the Angels’ Instructional League Pitcher of the Year in 2010.
He resides in Stephenville with his wife, Katherine.