After serving as an assistant and associate head coach at UTSA for 12 years, Jason Marshall heads into his fourth season at the helm of the Roadrunners baseball program.
UTSA’s winningest baseball coach, Marshall has led the program to three consecutive 30-plus win seasons and has compiled a 103-76 (.575) career record. Marshall became the fastest coach in program annals to reach 100 wins when he led the Roadrunners to a 4-3 victory over Middle Tennessee on May 9, 2015 en route to a berth to the Conference USA Baseball Championships.
Under his tutelage, Marshall has seen 24 players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with a total of 35 that have gone on to play professionally. Most recently, battery mates Brock Hartson and John Bormann were drafted in the 2015 MLB Draft. Hartson went in the 21st round to the Cleveland Indians while the Pittsburgh Pirates took Bormann three rounds later in the 24th round.
In 2002, Mark Schramek became the first player in school history to be selected in the first round when he was the 40th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds. Daniel Rockett became the second highest selection in program history in June 2013 when the Kansas City Royals took him in the ninth round.
This past season, Marshall led UTSA to a 33-25 record and the team’s third straight conference tournament appearance. Arguably the program’s toughest schedule in as many years, the Roadrunners faced seven teams that earned a regional berth in 2014, including two that made a College World Series appearance. The Roadrunners finished 9-8 against those teams, including series wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Old Dominion and a series sweep of Bryant.
Marshall also mentored a pair of All-Americans in Jesse Baker and Trent Bowles. Baker, an outfielder, became the program’s third-ever All-American since Michael Rockett in 2008. Baker ranked in the top-50 in the NCAA as he finished sixth in home runs per game (0.31), 13th in doubles per game (0.43), 18th in home runs (15), 27th in slugging percentage (.637), 31st in doubles (21), 34th in total bases (137) and 120th in RBIs (44). Bowles was UTSA’s seventh overall frosh All-American after hitting .283 in 51 games played.
In 2014, Marshall’s second year, UTSA went 35-26 and worked its way to the championship game of the C-USA Baseball Championships. The Roadrunners faced No. 16 Rice but fell to the Owls in the final two innings.
In his first year at the helm, Marshall guided the Birds to a 35-25 overall record and their third appearance in an NCAA Regional after the club captured the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament Championship. UTSA, which posted a perfect 4-0 record en route to the league title, was sent to the Corvallis (Oregon) Regional and took the No. 3 national seed Oregon State to its last at-bat before the Beavers rallied for a 5-4 victory. The Roadrunners wrapped up their first postseason run in eight years the following day with a 6-1 loss to Texas A&M.
Three UTSA players - Daniel Rockett (9th round - Kansas City Royals), Riley Good (14th round - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Clint Sharp (38th round - Angels) - were drafted after the campaign concluded, while right-handed pitcher Brock Hartson was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Third baseman RJ Perucki earned first team all-league honors, while Good, Hartson and Rockett garnered second team accolades.
In UTSA’s first and only season in the WAC, the Roadrunners led the circuit with a .299 batting average and 629 hits. Perucki (.350 - 5th) and Good (.335 - 9th) both ranked among the top-10 batting averages in the league and the duo tied for second in the WAC with 84 hits apiece. Perucki also finished second in the circuit with 132 total bases and third with 12 home runs, while Rockett’s .562 slugging percentage was good for third.
Marshall spent 12 years on the Roadrunners’ coaching staff before being promoted to head coach, including nine as associate head coach from 2004-12.
The Abilene native was hired at UTSA prior to the 2001 season and spent three campaigns as an assistant before being promoted to associate head coach. He served as both the infielders coach and recruiting coordinator while running the Roadrunners’ summer camps.
At the time, his efforts on the recruiting trails resulted in a pair of All-Americans, six freshman All-Americans, 59 all-conference selections (including 12 first teamers), the 2007 and 2008 Southland regular season championships and the 2005 Southland and 2013 WAC Tournament crowns.
The Roadrunners have posted the top-5 fielding seasons under Marshall’s guidance, including a .965 fielding percentage in 2012, which is the second-best mark in school history. Nine years ago, UTSA led the Southland with a program-record .969 fielding percentage.
The Birds have set several individual team records during Marshall’s time in the Alamo City. UTSA posted 15 offensive season marks in the program’s annals, including hits (661 - 2009), home runs (89 - 2009), RBI (419 - 2008) and doubles (134 -2008). The Birds have also set five fielding records, including assists (688 -2001) and doubles plays (61 - 2011).
Meanwhile, individuals have set offensive records in 15 season and 14 career categories over the last dozen seasons, including former Roadrunner Michael Rockett, who owns the Southland career records with 940 at-bats, 337 hits, 210 RBI, 537 total bases and 64 doubles.
A standout performer at Texas A&M from 1989-92, he was named the Aggies’ Most Valuable Player after leading the team in games played (61), hits (66), runs scored (35) and RBIs (40) as a senior.
Following his collegiate career, Marshall was drafted by the Royals in the 13th round of the 1992 MLB Draft. He went on to play four seasons in the Royals organization before finishing his professional career in 1995.
He then entered the coaching ranks as a student assistant at his alma mater in 1996 and was a member of Texas A&M’s staff for two seasons. In summer 1997, Marshall coached with the Cotuit Kettleers in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
The following fall, he was hired as the assistant in charge of defense and recruiting at McMurry University. Marshall helped lead the Indians to postseason play in two of his three seasons and, in 1998, McMurry won the American Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships.
Marshall served on the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Lefty Gomez Award committee and, in 2001, was invited to speak at the group’s annual convention on the subject of infield play. He was the keynote speaker again in 2009, this time in coaching ethics. He also was presented with the Goodwill Ambassador Award for community service in 1993 and 1994 while playing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Class A affiliate of the Royals.
Marshall earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M in 1996. He and wife, Ashleigh, have two sons, Cooper and Jackson, and a daughter, Kate.
The Marshall File