Houston Baseball welcomes seven from state of Texas
Houston welcomes Longhorns to Cougar Field for first time since 2000
Cougars Take the Field for First Time as a Team in 2013 Friday Afternoon
Single Fall Scrimmage at Rice Set for Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
Head Coach Todd Whitting Announces Additions To Signing Class
Trip Couch begins his third season at the University of Houston after being named an assistant coach on July 8, 2010.
Couch rejoined the Cougar baseball program after a stint as assistant coach from 1995 to 2000. He and Whitting served as assistant coaches at UH together from 1996 to 2000. As a member of Whitting's staff, Couch serves as Cougar baseball's recruiting coordinator. He is also responsible for coaching the outfielders and catchers and implementing the short game offensively. In addition, he coordinates the offense with Coach Whitting.
In 2013, Couch was part of a Houston program that notched to its first 30-win season since 2008, posting a 36-22 overall mark and a 13-11 record in C-USA play. He helped coach junior Frankie Ratcliff to C-USA Newcomer of the Year honors, while freshman Justin Montemayor was tabbed as the league's Freshman of the Year. He saw Montemayor and fellow freshman Kyle Survance honored as Freshman All-Americans and watched senior pitcher Austin Pruitt drafted in the ninth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Also drafted were junior Daniel Poncedeleon (Rd. 14/Chicago Cubs), senior Matt Hernandez (Rd. 23/Los Angeles Angels) and junior Frankie Ratcliff (Rd. 40/Arizona Diamondbacks).
In 2012, Couch helped guide freshman Michael Pyeatt to Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors, while sophomore Landon Appling earned a spot on the C-USA All-Tournament Team. Seniors Mo Wiley (28th/862-Reds), John Cannon (29th/896-Dodgers), and Jared Ray (34th/1053-D-Backs) were later taken on their respective teams in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
In his first season at Houston, Couch helped the 2011 team to an appearance in the Conference USA Tournament Championship for the first time since 2008. Freshman Landon Appling went on to earn All-Freshman Team honors and senior Caleb Ramsey was named to the All-C-USA Second Team. Ramsey went on to be drafted in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
In preparation for his third season on staff, Couch was instrumental in the addition of 15 student-athletes to the 2013 roster.
While on staff at Houston, Couch served as the team's hitting and offensive coach, recruiting coordinator and he also performed administrative duties, including travel and scheduling. He also served as both a first base and third base coach during his time at UH. Couch's teams still rank among the single-season leaders at the plate and the 2000 squad set a school record with 48 wins.
Under Couch's guidance, the 1997 Cougar baseball team set school records in batting average (.327), runs scored (508) and hits (769), while the 2000 squad still holds the record with 157 doubles. The 2000 team saw 12 players drafted in the Major League Baseball draft, the most that season by any school in the nation.
As a member of the staff, Couch's teams qualified for three NCAA Regionals, an NCAA Super Regional and won two Conference USA regular-season titles and two C-USA Tournament championships.
Following his time at Houston, Couch served as an assistant at Texas in 2001, coordinating team travel, NCAA practice logs, and team scheduling, while performing duties as the first-base coach before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks as a scout in 2002. The Texas Longhorns also participated in 2001 NCAA Stanford Regional. He scouted in the state of Texas and Louisiana and oversaw all try-out camps in the territory. While with Arizona, Couch signed four players that have reached the Major Leagues.
Before joining the UH staff in 1995, Couch served as the marketing and promotions coordinator for the Cougar baseball and football programs in 1994. He was also assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette from 1991-92 and served as a student assistant and bullpen catcher for the Cougars from 1987-1990. While at Louisiana-Lafayette, the Ragin' Cajun participated in two NCAA Regionals.
Couch was a member of the Team USA coaching staff in 1999. He also served as coach at the Area Code Games as well as serving on the staff of the Pony Team at the Tournament of Stars where the 18U USA National Team is selected.
Couch is married to the former Tiffany Williams. The couple has three daughters, Chandler Gray, Kendall Blair and Katelyn Richardson. The family lives in Sugar Land.