Jared Moon, Houston Baptist Huskies

Houston Baptist Huskies
Jared Moon enters his 13th season as head coach of the Houston Baptist Huskies. Moon guided HBU to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance with a berth in the 2015 Houston Regional.
In 2017, the Houston Baptist Huskies posted a 29-25 overall record, including an 18-12 mark in the Southland Conference. After losing their first game in the Southland Conference Tournament, the Huskies reeled off three straight victories before falling to Central Arkansas in the final contest.
HBU clinched its postseason ticket by going 4-0 in the 2015 Southland Conference Tournament in Sugar Land, setting an NCAA record for conference tournament play with four-straight complete games by its starting pitchers – Matthew McCollough, Taylor Wright, Ross Kennell and Curtis Jones. Jones was named the Tournament MVP and was joined by Greg Espinosa, Andrew Alvarez and Thomas Clay on the All-Tournament Team. Zach Nehrir and Samm Wiggins earned first-team all-conference honors, while Louie Payetta made the third team. Wiggins was also a first-team all-region selection, and Jones earned his second-straight SLC Utility Player of the Year honor.
Nehrir became the highest draft pick in HBU history, selected with the first pick of the 16th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wiggins signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays, while Wright signed with the Diamondbacks. During his tenure at HBU, both as a head coach and assistant coach, 38 players have gone on to play professional baseball.
The Houston Baptist Huskies enter their fourth season as a member of the Southland Conference, their ninth season of NCAA Division I play overall. HBU has not shied away from competition, facing top programs such as Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Rice, Houston, TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Dallas Baptist, and New Mexico State. On March 12, 2011, seventh-ranked TCU became the highest-ranked opponent HBU has defeated. The Huskies also recorded an upset of eighth-ranked Houston on March 3, 2015.
In their first season in the Southland, the Huskies finished 10th, but led the league in team batting average (.292), recorded its highest-ever RPI at 77, saw Curtis Jones claim SLC Utility Player of the Year honors and outfielder Jordan McCoy earn all-conference honorable mention. Nineteen players were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, first baseman Mike Chamberlain earned an F.L McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, while he and McCoy earned Academic All-Conference honors.
During its final season in the Great West Conference in 2013, HBU tied for second in the league during the regular season with a 17-10 conference mark and finished the year 34-24-1 overall. The Huskies won 13 of their last 14 games, rolled through the conference tournament with a 4-0 record, including a 13-3 rout of Northern Colorado in the championship game. Leftfielder Luke Clements earned first-team all-conference honors and was named MVP of the conference tournament. Jake Gonzalez, who became the school’s all-time doubles leader during the campaign, also made the all-conference first team and the all-tournament team. Pitcher Ryan Lower went undefeated in conference play and was a first-team all-conference selection. Pitcher Tyler Hoelscher, shortstop CJ Jarvis and third baseman Curtis Jones were also named to the all-tournament team.
In 2012, the Houston Baptist Huskies went 28-33 overall and 15-13 in GWC play to tie for third in the league. HBU also advanced to the championship game of the league tournament for the second-straight year and senior outfielder Jake Gonzalez earned second-team all-conference honors.
In 2011, HBU posted wins over No. 7 TCU and Dallas Baptist, a Super Regional participant that postseason. The Huskies went 16-12 in the GWC to finish third, but HBU advanced all the way to the championship game of the conference tournament. Designated hitter Robbie Buller was a first-team all-conference selection for the second-straight year, while outfielder Kolby Arnst earned second-team all-conference and all-tournament team honors.
The Houston Baptist Huskies went 15-13 and finished third in their first season of GWC play in 2010 and had an overall mark of 28-31. HBU landed five players on the all-conference teams, including Buller and Chase Hernandez as first-team selections.
In 2007, Moon helped guide the Huskies to arguably the greatest season in school history. HBU finished 44-20 overall, winning the Region VI title for the first time, and advancing to the Mid-South Super-Regional and the NAIA World Series.
After losing the first game of the national tournament in Lewiston, the Huskies ran off four straight victories to reach the final four. HBU fell to the eventual national champion Lewis-Clark State College and finished in third place at the season-culminating event in its first and only appearance. It was the deepest postseason run ever for HBU.
He was named the Red River and Region VI Coach of the Year in 2006 after leading the Huskies to a 40-16-1 mark and a seventh Red River Athletic Conference title in his rookie year as skipper of his alma mater.
After a successful playing career in a Husky baseball uniform, Moon spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach during which time HBU won six conference championships and competed in the NAIA Regional Tournament six times. He also served as recruiting coordinator and recruited 20 players who went on to sign professional contracts, helped coach 25 All-America players and assisted the Huskies in becoming a perennial NAIA national power.
In 12 years, the Huskies won eight conference championships, competed in nine region tournaments and posted a record of 480-252-1. The Huskies were ranked five times in the nation’s Top 15 in NAIA batting average and six times in the nation’s Top 20 in team ERA during his coaching tenure.
Moon attended Aldine High School where he received All-District and Most Valuable Player honors. He was a three-year letterman for HBU, batting .356 as a junior and setting the HBU single game record for most hits with five.
He led the 1994 Huskies to HBU baseball’s first-ever national ranking and a runner-up finish in the District playoffs, batting .579 for the tournament.
Moon earned his degrees in history and human kinetics, as well as his master’s degree in education at HBU in 1994 and was inducted into the HBU Sports Hall of Honor in 2008.

About the author, Bill

Bill Ballew has been involved with collegiate and professional baseball since 1983. He has been the Atlanta correspondent for Baseball America since 1991 and has served as the editorial content manager for Baseball The Magazine for more than five years. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).