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Head Coach Chris Klimas
Chris Klimas begins his third season as head coach of the Rogers State baseball team after being hired as the second head coach in program history in July 2014.
Klimas, who previously served on the coaching staff at Oklahoma Baptist from 2001 to 2014, replaced Ron Bradley, who started the Hillcat program in 2005 and retired following the 2014 season.
The Hillcats made a nine-win improvement in Klimas’ second campaign finishing with a 28-22 record, including an impressive 21-8 mark at the Diamond Sports Complex in 2016. RSU went 13-14 in the Heartland Conference, its most wins since joining the league in 2013, finishing tied for sixth in the conference standings. The Hillcats had their most impressive win in the NCAA Division II era with a 4-2 victory over No. 7-ranked Lubbock Christian.
Three Hillcats were named All-Heartland Conference, led by first-team selections Rusty Huber and Caleb Kohlmeyer, while Ismael Orozco was named to the second team. Huber and Kohlmeyer also garnered All-South Central Region selections by three different organizations; the American Baseball Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America, and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association.
In his first season managing the team, Klimas led RSU to a 19-27 overall record going 9-18 in Heartland Conference action in 2015. The Hillcats had their first All-America selection since making the move to NCAA Division II as senior outfielder Andrew Vanisi was named NCBWA All-America Honorable Mention after landing on both the NCBWA and ABCA/Rawlings South Central All-Region first teams. Vanisi and Blake Gipson were named to the All-Heartland Conference squad.
Klimas served as the associate head baseball coach at OBU from 2010-2014 and prior to 2010, he spent nine years as the assistant coach for the Bison. He helped the team reach four-consecutive NAIA Baseball National Tournaments and qualified for the NAIA World Series twice during his last four years at OBU. The Bison tallied an 81-percent winning percentage between 2011 and 2014, registering Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championships in 2012 and 2014. Klimas recruited and coached 10 players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with two Bison selected in the top 10 rounds in 2014. During his tenure at OBU, he recruited and coached six First-Team NAIA All-Americans, seven Second-Team NAIA All-Americans, the NAIA Player of the Year in 2013 as well as 51 all-conference selections.
A native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Klimas was a two-year starting catcher for the Bison from 1999-2001 and graduated from OBU in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Prior to his time with the Bison, Klimas earned an Associate of Arts from Collin County Community College (Texas), where he was a two-year starter, earning all-conference and all-region honors in 1999. Klimas earned a Master of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Sport Administration from East Central in 2012.
Klimas and his wife Penny have two daughters, Charlee and Callie, and reside in Claremore.