Staff
Head Coach
Ryan Folmar

Ryan Folmar is in his fourth season as the head baseball coach at Oral Roberts University with a career record of 96-74. Prior to being named the head coach, Folmar served on the ORU coaching staff as an assistant for nine seasons.

The 2015 season served as a defining year for Folmar, leading the Golden Eagles to their first postseason appearance in three seasons and the team's 25th overall. ORU finished the year with a 41-16 record overall while dominating The Summit League with a 25-5 league record. Folmar was voted The Summit League Coach of the Year. The first honor of its kind he has received as a head coach.

Challenged with one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the nation with 15 games against teams with an RPI in the top-100, ORU did not falter. The Golden Eagles faired especially well against the Big 12, finishing the year 5-1 against the power conference after defeating Oklahoma, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 10 Oklahoma State on the road, ORU also took down the Cowboys and Red Raiders at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

Among notable performers during the 2015 campaign, both Anthony Sequeria and Matt Whatley led the charge. Sequeira led the team offensively with 11 home runs to go along with a .341 batting average. After proving himself as an offensive threat, the Petaluma, Calif. native also excelled on the mound for the Golden Eagles, leading the league with 11 saves. Sequeira boasted an ERA of 1.38 in 32.2 innings of work. He finished the year in the top-10 in The Summit League in hits (73), doubles (20) and walks (29). The senior two-way man was also named as a finalist for the prestigious John Olerud Award, given to the nation's top two-way player.

Whatley became the 14th Golden Eagle to earn Freshman All-America honors and the first to do so since 2012 when Jose Trevino earned the honor. He was tabbed a Freshman All-American by four publications including Perfect Game USA, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com and Baseball America. Whatley led ORU in hitting with a .355 average earning Summit League Newcomer of the Year honors and First Team All-Summit League accolades at catcher. His 44 RBI were second most among the Golden Eagles and finished the season with a .528 slugging percentage and .437 on base percentage. He also led ORU with 56 runs scored which also ranked in the top-50 nationally adding, three triples and 16 stolen bases.

Five Golden Eagles were selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft this spring. Sequeira was drafted in the 23rd round (Pick: 684) by the Phillies; Audie Afenir was taken by the Yankees in the 25th round (Pick: 753); Xavier Altamirano went in the 27th round (Pick: 818) to the Athletics; Guillermo Trujillo went to the Orioles in the 35th round (Pick: 1063) while senior Jacob McDavid was selected with the final pick of the draft (Pick: 1215) by the Angels.

In 2014, Folmar led the Golden Eagles to a 30-26 overall record, with a 15-15 mark in Southland Conference play, including a home victory over No. 8 Oklahoma State and a two-game season sweep against No. 28 Oklahoma.

Five ORU players received Southland postseason honors in Folmar’s second year at the helm, with Jordan Romano being named the Southland’s Relief Pitcher of the Year. Tyler Boss and Pepe Gomez were named First Team All-Southland, while Matt Brandy and Jose Trevino were named to the second team, and Romano earning a third team nod. Three Golden Eagles were picked in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including Jose Trevino by the Texas Rangers in the sixth round, Jordan Romano by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round and Gavin Glanz by the Colorado Rockies in the 23rd round.
In his first season as the skipper, the Golden Eagles finished two wins shy of a Southland Conference Tournament championship, completing the season with a 25-32 overall record. ORU finished third in the league with a 16-11 record, including the first three-game sweep of ranked opponent in program history when the Golden Eagles took three against then No. 23 Central Arkansas.

In Folmar’s first season, Alex Gonzalez finished second in the NCAA in strikeouts with 126, helping him to Second Team All-American honors by Perfect Game. Gonzalez was also named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-Southland selection. Gonzalez was drafted No. 23 overall by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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Assistant Coach
Ryan Neill

A member of the ORU Athletic Hall of Fame, this season will be Ryan Neill’s 12th season on the ORU coaching staff and the ninth season that the former All-American has served in a full-time role. Neill has been a part of 13 conference championships at ORU as a player and a coach.
Since becoming a full-time assistant in the summer of 2006, Neill is actively involved in off-campus recruiting. He also serves as ORU’s bench coach in addition to coaching infielders.

During Neill’s nine seasons overseeing ORU’s infielders, 11 different infielders have earned First Team All-Summit League and Southland Conference honors, and seven have been taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Jose Trevino was a three-time all-conference selection, earning the award in the Southland Conference as a shortstop in 2014 and as a third baseman in the Summit League in 2012. Trevino was named to the USA Collegiate National Team as an infielder in 2011, and was honored by four publications as a Freshman All-American. Trevino was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers.

Following the 2013 season, shortstop Nate Goro was selected in the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels .

In 2012, Neill guided senior Jared Schlehuber to a Summit League Player of the Year honor, while fellow senior Cam Schiller was an 8th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers. Schlehuber also signed a professional contract after his senior year, joining the Kansas City Royals organization.

In 2010 shortstop Tyler Saladino was named Summit League Newcomer & Player of the Year after batting .376 with 18 home runs and 76 RBI. Saladino was picked in the seventh round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox.

ORU’s career home run (48) and RBI (199) leader, Neill lettered four seasons at ORU (1997-2000) as a first baseman/outfielder, twice earning First-Team All Mid-Continent Conference honors (1999, 2000) and also capturing Mid-Con Tournament MVP honors in 1999.

Neill, an Okmulgee, Oklahoma, native, was a key member of three NCAA Tournament and Mid-Continent Championship squads (1998-2000).

His best season came during the 1999 campaign when he batted .423 with 18 home runs and 71 RBI, earning Third-Team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball. The Golden Eagles were a combined 166-80 (.675) during Neill’s four seasons as a player.

Drafted in the 24th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2000 Neill spent three seasons in Detroit’s minor league system before retiring after the 2002 season.

Neill married the former Audrey Ramirez on December 18, 2004 in San Antonio. The couple resides in Tulsa and have a daughter, Dahlia (8).

Assistant Coach - Pitching
Wes Davis

Wes Davis enters his 10th season with the ORU coaching staff in 2018 and first year as an assistant coach after taking over the role of pitching coach. He previously spent seven years as the Golden Eagles' Director of Operations after working his first two years as volunteer assistant.

A former two-way player in junior college and at the NAIA level, he begins his 14th season of coaching collegiate baseball where he has worked with more than 80 players that have gone on to be drafted or sign professional contracts.

Davis takes the reins of one of the nation's top pitching staffs as ORU ranked sixth in all of NCAA Division I baseball with a 3.06 earned run average, which was the eighth-lowest in a single season in program history.

In his role as the Director of Operations, Davis supervised all student managers, coordinated the bullpen, organized all baseball fundraising and team community service, as well as serving as the Director of Ballpark Baseball Academy.

Davis came to ORU prior to the 2009 season after working for four years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas at Tyler.

At UT-Tyler, Davis’ duties included strength and conditioning, defense, base running and assisting with hitting. Under his guidance, the Patriots posted the conference's best fielding percentage three-straight seasons and also topped the league in hitting all four years. In his four seasons with the Patriots, the team compiled a 131-28 record (.824) and won three conference championships.

Davis has also been involved with various summer baseball teams spending two years as the head coach of the Florence Red Wolves of the Coastal Plain League, where he led the team to a first-half division crown and a playoff appearance in 2008.

The previous summer, Davis served as the hitting coach of the Wilson Tobs of the CPL, who also advanced to the playoffs. In 2005, he acted as the hitting coach for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers of the Alaskan Baseball League, and had 12 of its players end up playing professionally.

Davis played collegiate baseball for two years at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, and then wrapped up his playing career at Oklahoma Baptist, where he helped lead the squad to a NAIA regional appearance in 2004. Davis played prep baseball at Owasso High School and guided the Rams to two Oklahoma Class 6A state championships and two runner-up finishes.

Director Of Baseball Operations
Matt Moore

Matt Moore joins the BBA staff after spending the last 6 years in the Dallas Patriots organization serving as a Private Instructor, Head Coach, and Chief Operations Officer. During his time with the Patriots Matt assisted with recruiting and college placement for all high school aged players, developed multiple camps and clinics and lead three teams to the Perfect Game WWBA National Championships in Ga as well as a 2016 group in the Perfect Game WWBA Championships in Jupiter.

As a player, Matt was a member of the inaugural University of Texas At Tyler baseball team in 2003 and during his 4 years was a part of 3 American Southwest Conference Championship teams including a 37-1 team in 2007.

Matt will be in charge of programming and camps for BBA Tulsa as well as giving private lessons in Catching, Hitting, and Pitching.

If interested in lessons, please contact Matt directly at mattmoore@oru.edu.

Assistant Coach
Dan Martony

Daniel Martony, a former Oral Roberts pitcher, returns to campus, this time to the coaching staff as the graduate assistant coach for 2018.

After spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Martony will work primarily with Golden Eagles' pitchers and assistant coach Wes Davis. Martony also is the co-owner and general manager of the Santa Barbara Foresters Baseball Club and the head coach of the 18U College Exposure team. The Foresters Collegiate Team has won the NBC World Series a record 6 times (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016) which crowns the nations top Collegiate summer team. Martony has developed numerous players that have advanced to the Division 1 level as well as 7 MLB Draft picks.

As a player Martony put together a three-year career in south Tulsa making 45 appearances from the ORU bullpen amassing a 9-1 record with two saves from 2010-12. Following his tenure with the Golden Eagles, he went on to play professionally with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League and the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association, before getting into college coaching.

For private lessons from the staff please contact: baseball@oru.edu or call (918) 495-7218