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 Coach
Sean Snedeker

Sean Snedeker is in his third season as the pitching coach at Oral Roberts University.

In 2014, Snedeker led a pitching staff that featured two All-Southland Conference selections, including First Team honoree Pepe Gomez. Jordan Romano was named the Southland’s Relief Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference with 13 saves, and he was named to the Third Team All-Southland squad. Snedeker had two ORU alums drafted in June of 2014, as Romano was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, while Gavin Glanz was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 23rd round.
Under Snedeker’s direction in 2013, the Golden Eagle pitching staff finished with the second-lowest earned run average in the Southland Conference at 3.54. Snedeker led Alex Gonzalez, who was named the Southland Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Southland and was drafted No. 23 overall by the Texas Rangers in June of 2013.

Snedeker joined the ORU baseball staff in July 2012, bringing nearly 20 years of experience to the Golden Eagles. Most recently he spent six years as the pitching coach at Duke, leading a staff that finished eighth in the nation in ERA in 2008.

Snedeker’s staffs at Duke also improved in strikeouts each year, and in 2012 they finished ninth in the nation with 8.00 strikeouts per nine innings. He helped develop over a dozen professional pitching prospects while at Duke, including Toronto Blue Jays star prospect Marcus Stroman, the 22nd overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Prior to his time at Duke, Snedeker spent 12 seasons as a pitching coach in the Chicago White Sox organization and another year in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. In the pro ranks, Snedeker coached more than 50 current or former major league pitchers, including 2012 All-Star and National League Cy Young runner-up Gio Gonzalez.

A standout at Texas A&M from 1987-88, Snedeker had a 17-4 overall record in his collegiate playing career. In 1988, Snedeker turned in a 9-2 record and a 3.50 ERA while striking out 87 batters and walking 41, earning the C.E. “Pat” Olsen Outstanding Pitcher Award that season.

Snedeker was selected in the 30th round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Draft, reaching Double-A level before leaving to join the coaching ranks. Professionally, he compiled a 34-21 record with a career 3.24 ERA. His career highlight came while pitching for Class A Vero Beach, when he tossed a perfect game on August 28, 1991, against the Port St. Lucie Mets.

Snedeker owns both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M. He and his wife, Mary Jane, have two children, a daughter, Sydney (21) who attends Texas, and son, Sy (16), a sophomore at Jenks High School and a member of the Trojan baseball team.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Todd George

Todd George joined the Golden Eagle baseball coaching staff in August 2015 as the team's volunteer assistant coach.

George joins ORU after serving the last year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Central Oklahoma before taking on the interim head coaching role during the summer. At UCO, George oversaw practices, scheduling and transportation while leading the Broncho's recruiting efforts.

George helped Seminole to a 41-18 record in 2014 and directed a pitching staff that ranked third in the country in strikeouts per game (8.5) and total strikeouts with 500 in 462.1 innings.

An Oklahoma City native, George played two years at Seminole and was a member of the Trojans' 1999 NJCAA World Series team before spending one year each at Texas-Arlington and Oklahoma Baptist. He spent several years in professional baseball playing for the Montreal Expos organization and was a three-time All-Star for the Independent League Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

He started his coaching career OBU, serving as pitching coach and junior varsity head coach from 2002-06. Five OBU players he coached went on to sign professional contracts.

George took over as pitching coach at Southwestern Oklahoma in 2011. The Bulldogs lowered their team earned run average from 7.74 in 2010 to 3.50 by George's final season in 2013, with that year's pitching staff leading the Great American Conference while having three All-GAC selections and a ninth-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

George earned a degree in recreation management from Oklahoma Baptist in 2002, and a master’s in sports management from Southwestern Oklahoma State in 2013.

Director of Operations
Wes Davis

The 2015 season will be the seventh for Wes Davis on the ORU coaching staff. Davis is in his fifth year as Director of Operations after previously spending two years as volunteer assistant.

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

In his current role Davis supervises all student managers and oversees day-to-day operations of the baseball office. He also handles baseball finances and serves as director of Ballpark Baseball Academy.

At UT-Tyler Davis’ duties included strength and conditioning, defense, baserunning and assisting with hitting. Under Davis’ tutelage, the Patriots led the conference in best fielding percentage the last three seasons and also topped the league in hitting all four years. In Davis’ four seasons with the program, the Patriots compiled a 131-28 record (.824) and won three conference championships.

Davis has also been involved with various summer baseball teams. He has spent two summers as 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. Davis also acted as hitting coach in 2005 for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers of the Alaskan Baseball League, where 12 players off the squad ended up playing professionally.

Davis spent two years playing collegiately at Seward County CC in Liberal, Kan., 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, where he helped the team to two 6A state championships and two runner-up finishes.

Davis and his wife, Kara, have a son, Major (3), and a daughter, Makinley (1).

Graduate Assistant
Kevin Lamb