Kirk Saarloos
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Kirk Saarloos

Position:
Assistant Coach | 2nd Season

Alma Mater:
Cal State Fullerton, 2001


12/13/2013

Baseball Set To Host Coaches Clinic

Clinic will be held Jan. 9

07/10/2013

Mosiello Named Associate Head Baseball Coach

Saarloos named recruiting coordinator

02/14/2013

Baseball Opens Season At No. 13 Ole Miss

Horned Frogs are ranked No. 12

11/19/2012

Baseball To Host Coaches Clinic

Clinic will be held on Jan. 10

03/23/2014

TCU vs. Texas Tech Game 3

TCU vs. Texas Tech Game 3

02/28/2014

TCU vs. Sam Houston State

Game 1 of the Houston College Classic.

05/18/2013

TCU vs. Texas Game 3

TCU vs. Texas Game 3

03/20/2013

TCU vs. UT Arlington

The Frogs and the Mavericks squared off Tuesday night at The Ballpark in Arlington

03/10/2013

TCU vs. Pacific Day 3

TCU defeats Pacific 3-2.

Coach Saarloos can be reached via email at k.saarloos@tcu.edu.

Kirk Saarloos joined the coaching staff in the summer of 2012 after two seasons as the pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton. He assumed the duties of pitching coach.

"We are so very excited to welcome Kirk, Kristen, Brady and Emery to the Horned Frog family," said Schlossnagle. "They are the total package, incredibly impressive and I have no doubt that they will make an immediate impact on our program and in the Fort Worth community. I have been observing Kirk from afar for the last two years. He did an amazing job with a young pitching staff in 2012 at Cal State Fullerton. He fits our mold of an outstanding, energetic, experienced young coach who will be committed daily to the development of our players."

"My family and I are thankful for the faith that Chris Del Conte and Coach Schlossnagle have put in us," said Saarloos. "We are truly excited to become part of the Fort Worth community and TCU family. I am looking forward to developing student-athletes at a high level and continuing the great tradition of the TCU baseball program."

The impact of Saarloos' tutelage was immediate as the Horned Frogs boasted one of the top pitching staffs in the country. They were top 15 nationally in most pitching categories, including ERA (15th, 2.78), K:BB (11th, 2.82) and WHIP (11th, 1.15).The group produced the lowest team ERA in TCU history since 1968. TCU's season ERA ranked second in the Big 12, while its 2.47 ERA in league play was tops among conference opponents. Additionally, the Horned Frogs racked up 449 strikeouts and held opponents to a .230 batting average against. Both marks were second in the league.

Individually, the pitching staff saw numerous members receive multiple honors. Preston Morrison was honored as a first-team All-Big 12 performer, while Alex Young was named second-team all-conference. Riley Ferrell, along with Young, was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team. Finnegan was named to the 24-man USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster, while Morrison and Ferrell each earned a spot on the roster following the CNT Training Camp.

Saarloos joined the Titan coaching staff in 2011 after wrapping up a seven-year major league. He spent his first season on staff as an undergraduate assistant for Dave Serrano. Saarloos moved into the role of pitching coach when Rick Vanderhook took over the head coaching duties in the summer of 2011.

"Kirk was one of the greatest college pitchers of all-time and a successful major league pitcher as well," continued Schlossnagle. "Combine that with coming from such a great program like Fullerton, Kirk has both the experience and pedigree to help us continue our progress toward winning in Omaha. We couldn't be more excited to welcome Coach Saarloos to TCU."

In his two seasons at Fullerton, the Titans put together a 77-38 (.670) record and won two Big West titles.

After taking over the pitchers in the fall of 2011, Saarloos coached a predominantly freshman and sophomore pitching staff to a team ERA of 3.18. They fanned 336 batters and limited opponents to a .250 batting average against. The group led the country in fewest walks per nine innings, ranked third in K:BB ratio and fifth in WHIP. At the end of the season, four pitchers earned Freshman All-American accolades.

Under his guidance, Dylan Floro was named the 2012 Big West Pitcher of the Year. The junior compiled a 10-4 record in 17 appearances. In 15 starts, the right-hander tossed three complete games. He went on to be drafted in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB draft.

Saarloos spent seven years in the major leagues, playing for Houston (2002-03), Oakland (2004-06, 08) and Cincinnati (2007). In 2001, he was drafted 86th overall (3rd round) by Houston after a decorated collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton.

In seven seasons in the big leagues, Saarloos made 73 starts as part of 165 appearances on the mound. He posted a career record of 29-30 with two saves and a 5.02 ERA. In 509 innings pitched, he fanned 251 batters. He was called up to the majors on June 18, 2002. Saarloos made history on June 11, 2003 as he was one of a major league record six Astro pitchers to combine for a no-hitter against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

As a player at Cal State Fullerton, he racked up a school-record 127 appearances over his four seasons in a Titan uniform. His first three seasons were spent as a reliever before moving into a starting role as a senior. In 2001, he went on to earn first-team All-American honors and was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year after putting together a 15-2 campaign. He owns one of the Titans three no-hitters as he blanked Pacific on April 8, 2001.

He was 33-12 with a 2.96 ERA in four collegiate seasons. He ranks sixth all-time in innings pitched, second in wins, third in strikeouts and fifth in saves. In two appearances at the College World Series (1999 and 2001), he recorded a save and allowed just two runs in 15 1/3 innings pitched.

Saarloos and his wife, Kristen, have a son, Brady, and two daughters, Emery and Lane.


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