HOUSTON -- After leading Houston Baseball to an American Athletic Conference regular-season title and championship tournament title in the same year and to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Houston Regional, head coach Todd Whitting has been honored as the ABCA/Diamond South Central Regional Coach of the Year.
Whitting became the first head coach in Houston Baseball history to earn this honor more than once in his career. He has now earned the honor twice in the last three years -- first coming in 2015.
The seventh-year head coach (2017, 2015) joins Rayner Noble (2002) and Rolan Walton (1976) in the Houston record books having earned a Regional Coach of the Year honor during their career leading the Cougars.
Under Whitting this season, Houston captured the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 15-9 league record and won the tournament title after going 4-0 in Clearwater, Fla., becoming the first team since 2000 to win both championships in the same year.
He guided the Cougars to their 14th 40+ win season in program history and third in the last four years with a 42-21 overall record.
Houston was rewarded for its strong play throughout the 2017 season by being named one of 16 schools to host an NCAA Regional at Schroeder Park. The hosting opportunity was the fourth time in program history and second in last three years for the Cougars.
Whitting coached junior Jake Scheiner (Junior, 3B/SS) to consensus All-American status, as he earned the postseason honor by all six publications/organizations. Scheiner became the first Cougar to be named a consensus All-American since Brad Lincoln in 2006.
Also under Whitting, Trey Cumbie was tabbed a First Team All-American by NCBWA and earned All-America honors by several other publications en route to being the first First Team All-American since Brad Lincoln in 2006.
Scheiner was named the American Player of the Year and Cumbie was tabbed the American Pitcher of the Year. For the first time in program history, the Cougars earned Player and Pitcher of the Year honors in the same season. The duo also earned First Team All-Region honors.
Adding to its success, Houston and Whitting saw six Cougars named to American Athletic Conference Teams as Corey Julks (OF) joined Scheiner (UTL) and Cumbie (SP) on the First Team and Connor Wong (C), Joe Davis (DH) and Mitch Ullom (SP) earned Second Team honors.
As a team, Houston hit 60 home runs -- the most since 71 in 2006.
Wong became first Cougar since Jake Stewart in 2008 to hit 10+ home runs and steal 20+ bases in a single season and Cumbie became the first 10-game winner for Houston since Austin Pruitt in 2013. Julks ended his 2017 campaign riding a 25-game on base streak, while reaching base in 46 of his final 47 games as a Cougar.
Houston was ranked among the nation's Top 25 every week during the 2017 and finished with a final ranking of No. 20.
Off the field, baseball student-athletes posted their highest team GPA for a spring semester in program history with a 3.08 GPA. Houston also achieved highest cumulative GPA in program history during 2016-17 with a 3.11 GPA. 24 student-athletes earned a 3.0 Fall GPA, while 21 earned a 3.0 GPA in the spring.
Under Whitting, the Cougars have posted a 3.0 GPA or better every semester since his arrival in the Fall of 2010.
Six Cougars were selected in the MLB Draft, led by four being drafted among the Top 10 rounds: Connor Wong (3rd), Jake Scheiner (4th), Corey Julks (8th), John King (10th), Trey Cumbie (38th), Cooper Coldiron (39th).
Whitting has enjoyed a numerous amount of success in his seven years at the helm of the Houston Baseball program, winning four American Athletic Conference titles in four years, led the Cougars to three NCAA Regional appearances and two hosting opportunities, while tallying an overall record of 250-17-1.
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