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Coaching Staff

Robert Brown
Assistant Coach

Robert Brown returns for his 12th year with the Hillcat Baseball coaching staff in heading into the 2016 season having served as Assistant Coach since 2004.

Brown played an integral part in RSU's climb to a 2012 NAIA National runner-up season and back-to-back appearances in the Avista-NAIA World Series. Serving as the pitching coach, the Cats have had two players under his tutelage drafted in the Major League Baseball draft. Eight times a Hillcat pitcher was named to the Sooner Athletic Conference All-Conference teams in Brown’s time in Claremore while one catcher was recognized twice on the squad.

He previously served as an assistant coach at Radford University, a NCAA Division I school in Virginia that competed in the Big South Conference. His duties at Radford were primarily pitching, defense, and recruiting. Brown also has served as the head coach of the Waynesboro Generals of the Valley League for two seasons.

Prior to his work with Waynesboro, Brown served as an assistant coach at Collinsville High School as well as a stint at Oklahoma Junior College in Oklahoma City. Along with his coaching at RSU, Brown enjoys being a clinical speaker and private pitching instructor.

Brown also is responsible for recruiting, travel management, and scouting along with his duties as pitching coach.

Jimmy Rogers
Assistant Coach

immy Rogers returns for his ninth season at RSU as an assistant coach after joining the Hillats’ coaching staff in 2007 helping tutor the pitching staff.

Rogers brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the Major Leagues after spending two seasons in Major League Baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays.

A 1985 graduate of Tulsa Webster High School, Rogers was an all-state selection while leading the Warriors to a state championship. Prior to being drafted by the Blue Jays in the 1986 amateur draft, he spent two seasons pitching for Seminole State College.

Rogers lives in Beggs and enjoys giving personal pitching instruction when not working with the Hillcats.

Skyler Ellis
Assistant Coach

Skyler Ellis enters his second year with the Rogers State baseball team as assistant coach after starting in August 2014 following a volunteer assistant position at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California for one year. He continues to work primarily with the hitters and infielders while serving as the first base coach for the Hillcats.

A native of Buellton, California, Ellis worked for the Santa Barbara Foresters summer league team for the past two summers after a stint as the Shawnee Junior High School Head Baseball Coach.

Ellis brings close ties with RSU Head Coach, Chris Klimas, after working together on the staff at OBU during the 2013 season. He also played one season for Coach Klimas in 2012, where he covered first, second, and third base, while also serving as designated hitter. The Bison finished the season ranked No. 12 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll and were one win away from reaching the NAIA World Series.

Prior to his time at OBU, Ellis played one season at NCAA Division II Cal State East Bay starting at all four infield positions after a two-year stint at Allan Hancock, where he earned his Associate in Liberal Arts degree in 2010. He was named first and second team all-conference with the Bulldogs and earned two Gold Glove awards at first base.

Ellis graduated from Oklahoma Baptist in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.