Robert Brown returns for his 15th year with the Rogers State baseball coaching staff heading into the 2019 season having served as an assistant coach since the program's inaugural season in 2006.
Working as the staff's pitching coach, Brown totaled two All-Heartland Conference pitchers in 2018 as the navy and red totaled their third straight winning season. Starter Spencer Bivens and reliever Brock Knoten were All-Heartland Conference Second Team picks. On the opening day of the season, senior Tim Luce became the first RSU pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a win over Randall.
In the 2017 season, Brown guided All-American selection Rusty Huber. Huber, who became the first-ever pitcher to earn NCAA Division II All-American honors for RSU, was a third team selection from three organizations: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, American Baseball Coaches Association and the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association. With the guidance from Brown, Huber totaled 11 saves, one off his single season school record from 2016, and a 1.00 earned run average. Huber also earned All-South Central Region First Team honors from the ABCA, NCBWA and D2CCA in 2017.
In the 2016 season, Huber was named All-South Central Region First Team by the ABCA, NCBWA and D2CCA. Under the tutelage of Brown, Huber broke RSU records for single season saves and career saves while posting a 1.50 earned run average.
Brown also is responsible for recruiting, travel management and scouting along with his duties as pitching coach for the Hillcats.
Brown played an integral part in RSU's climb to a 2012 NAIA runner-up finish and back-to-back appearances in the Avista-NAIA World Series in 2012 and 2013. Serving as the pitching coach, the Cats have had two players under his direction drafted in the Major League Baseball draft. Eight times a Hillcat pitcher was named to Sooner Athletic Conference All-Conference teams in Brown’s time in Claremore.
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.
Jimmy Rogers returns for his 12th season at RSU as an assistant coach after joining the Hillcats’ coaching staff in 2007 helping tutor the pitching staff.
Rogers brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the professional baseball ranks after spending two seasons in Major League Baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 1986 amateur draft and made his MLB debut July 30, 1995 against the Oakland Athletics.
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, he spent two seasons pitching for Seminole State College. He currently lives in Beggs, Oklahoma.
Skyler Ellis enters his fifth year as an assistant coach with the Rogers State baseball team in 2019 after joining the staff in August 2014.
He works primarily with the hitters and infielders for the Hillcats, while serving as the first base coach. He also plays a vital role in the recruiting efforts of the program and helps organize placement for student-athletes with summer league teams.
A native of Buellton, California, Ellis has worked for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate summer wood bat league each of the past three summers. He came to RSU following one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California 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 played 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 and is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree in Sport Administration from East Central.