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Todd DeGraffenreid is in his 14th season as the head coach of the Missouri S&T baseball program and led the Miners to their best season in school history in 2016, as the Miners reached the championship round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional after winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference's West Division title.
The Miners went 39-19 during the 2016 campaign, including four wins at the regional tournament as S&T made it to the "Sweet 16" for the first time ever. The season, which included the Miners' third GLVC West Division title in six years, earned DeGraffenreid "Coach of the Year" honors from the conference.
S&T played in its fifth GLVC Tournament this year in the past six seasons, making it on oe only two GLVC schools that could make that claim.
The Miners broke their previous school records for wins in a season -- prior to the 39-win 2016 campaign -- in back-to-back years under DeGraffenreid's direction, going 32-15 in 2012 after a 30-19 mark in the 2011 campaign that also saw the Miners earn their second-ever berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
S&T also posted a 20-10 record in conference play to earn its second straight division title and reached the GLVC Tournament as a top-three seed for the second year in succession.
At the 2011 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, the Miners won their opening round game over defending national champion Southern Indiana before finishing fourth in the six-team regional. S&T also won a school record 10 consecutive games during the course of a late-season run that landed it in the regional tournament; it was 21-7 in GLVC play in 2011.
In 2013, the Miners used a strong late-season run -- winning 11 of its last 13 regular season games -- to make the GLVC Tournament for the third year in succession and finished at 22-14 in conference play, including series sweeps over Southern Indiana and William Jewell. S&T finished the year with an overall mark of 24-25.
The Miners have been in contention for playoff spots on an annual basis during DeGraffenreid's tenure as head coach. In 2010, the Miners were 14-18 in the GLVC West and had a chance to make the playoffs on the final day of the season, as was the case in 2009. In that season, S&T was 11-13 in conference play and was eliminated on the last day of action.
Missouri S&T finished the 2008 season with a record of 22-26 and were in contention for a playoff spot all the way to the final weekend of the season. S&T posted a 15-17 mark in league play last year, its best mark since joining the GLVC in 2006.
During the 2010 season, the Miners had an all-region performer in designated hitter Will Morrison, who led the Miners in hitting with a .391 average and earned first-team all-region laurels.
In 2007, the Miners ended the year with a mark of 20-27 and had a significant say in the Great Lakes Valley Conference playoff race down the stretch. The Miners knocked off three teams -- Quincy, Rockhurst and Northern Kentucky -- who were still in contention for playoff berths and nobody among that trio qualified for the event. In addition, Missouri S&T won the season series over eventual tournament champion Drury.
The Miners had a record of 11-41 record during their first season in the GLVC, but despite the record, proved that they could play with the top teams in the conference. Missouri S&T swept a doubleheader from a Quincy team that made it to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, played GLVC champion Northern Kentucky to three one-run games and won two of three contests from an Indianapolis team that also made the conference tournament field.
Missouri S&T also had the league's top freshman as voted by league coaches in Thomas McCormick, an outfielder who led the Miners in hitting during the 2006 campaign.
Missouri S&T finished 11-43 in 2004 after going 16-33 in DeGraffenreid's first year at the helm. The Miners also finished with an 11-20 conference record in 2004, but Missouri S&T was one of only two teams in the nation to post two victories over a Central Missouri State team that placed third in the NCAA Division II World Series. The other team to pull the feat was eventual national champion Delta State.
Missouri S&T also posted a win over Emporia State during that season; the Hornets later participated in the NCAA Central Regional tournament.
DeGraffenreid became the Missouri S&T head coach after serving as an assistant coach at William Woods University for three seasons while also playing professional baseball. He started his minor league careeer in the 1999 season when he played on a championship team in London (Ont.) in the Frontier League. During that season, DeGraffenreid led all rookie third basemen in hitting, hits, home runs and stolen bases.
He later played for Richmond and for the Gateway Grizzlies in that league before playing in 2002 for San Angelo and Fort Worth.
DeGraffenreid attended Lincoln University, where he was a standout third baseman at a time when the Blue Tigers were emerging as a top team in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. He later served as an assistant coach at LU during which Lincoln posted a second place finish in the MIAA Tournament in 1999
DeGraffenreid, who completed work on a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2000, is originally from Searcy, Ark. His wife, Keri, who works in the admissions office at Missouri S&T and the couple has two children, Kendall and Teagan.