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.