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  Bill Kinneberg
Bill Kinneberg

Player Profile
Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
11th Year

Alma Mater:
Arizona ('80)

05/26/2013

Utah Baseball Closes Out Year With 10-3 Win Over Seventh-Ranked Oregon

Tyler Relf ends his career with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate.

05/21/2013

Utah Baseball Closes Out Year With Top-10 Oregon

Series begins on Friday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. MT.

05/20/2013

Utah Baseball Sweeps Kansas With 13-Inning, 7-6 Victory

Cory Hunt wins it with a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning.

05/19/2013

Utah Baseball Solid on Offense in 13-6 Win Over Kansas

Braden Anderson had four hits to lead Utah at the plate.

05/18/2013

Watrous Throws Two-Hitter in Utah Baseball's 1-0 Win Over Kansas

Trey Nielsen drove in game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

11th Season (19th Overall)
Career Record: 487-481
Utah Record: 242-298

Coaching Highlights:
> Led the Utes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1960 in 2009. Utah won its first-ever MWC title for the automatic bid.
> Four Utah players drafted in the first 10 rounds, including a first-ever first-round selection in C.J. Cron (2011, 17th overall).
> Led the USA Baseball Collegiate Team to a silver medal at the 2010 FISU World University Championships in Japan. The team went 16-3 during the summer.
> Went 25-12 with 2007 US National Team as pitching coach, with the team finishing with a 1.93 ERA.
> Established school records for wins in a season at UTEP (1985), Wyoming (1990) and Utah (1996)
> 1990 WAC Coach of the Year

The dedicated and personable Bill Kinneberg is in his 11th season at the helm of the University of Utah baseball team. He was named head coach of the program on Sept. 15, 2004, marking his second stint in the Utes' dugout. Utah is entering its third season in the Pac-12.

Kinneberg led Utah back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1960 in 2009, as the Utes won their first Mountain West Conference tournament with a 9-3 win over San Diego State in the championship game. Utah won two games at NCAA's, defeating Gonzaga and Georgia Southern in the Fullerton Regional.

Several players have earned national honors under Kinneberg. C.J. Cron was a two-time first-team All-American in 2010 and 2011, a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, the two-time District Player of the Year and a two-time MWC Player of the Year. Ryan Khoury earned first-team All-America honors in 2006, and was also District Player of the Year and MWC Player of the Year.

Kinneberg has had four players drafted in the first 10 rounds out of Utah, including the Utes' first-ever first-round selection in 2011, when Cron was the 17th overall pick. Stephen Fife was a third-round pick in 2008, while Rick Anton went in the eighth round in 2011. Most recently, Tyler Wagner was drafted in the fourth round in 2012.

Kinneberg's teams have rewritten the record books. Cron shattered the career batting average mark during his three seasons. Jay Brossman holds records for hits, doubles and total bases. Corey Shimada ranks first in the record books for triples, stolen bases, runs scored and walks. Tyler Wagner has a school-record 17 career saves.

In 18 seasons as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level, Kinneberg has a record of 487-481. He earned his 400th career victory in the 2009 NCAA tournament with a win over Gonzaga.

Kinneberg has coached collegiate baseball for 29 years. His teams established school records for victories in a season at UTEP in 1985, Wyoming in 1990 and Utah in 1996. During Kinneberg's first stint as Utah's head coach in 1996, he led the Utes to a 30-22 record. His squad tied for third place in the Western Athletic Conference's Northern Division and three players earned all-WAC honors.

Kinneberg has also made his mark on the national scene. In 2010 he served as the head coach of the US National Team that won a silver medal at the FISU World University Championships in Japan.

Kinneberg has done several stints with USA Baseball. He served as the pitching coach in 2007 and 1999. The 2007 pitching staff turned in a 25-12 mark in international competition, and finished with a scant 1.93 earned-run average. Kinneberg also spent several years as director of the organization's athlete development program. Prior to joining the Utah staff, Kinneberg worked for the Chicago White Sox organization as a minor league pitching coach.

From 1996 through 2001, Kinneberg was the associate head coach at the University of Arizona. The Wildcats were 124-102 and advanced to an NCAA Regional during Kinneberg's tenure. He served an assistant baseball coach at Arizona State from 1992 through 1994. During the 1993 and 1994 seasons, Kinneberg helped lead the Sun Devils to back-to-back appearances in the College World Series.

Kinneberg was the head baseball coach at Wyoming from 1986 through 1992. While in charge of the Cowboys' program, Kinneberg guided his team to the WAC playoffs in five of his seven seasons. In 1990, he earned WAC Coach of the Year honors, leading Wyoming to a 37-18 record. Kinneberg coached 16 All-WAC players while in Laramie. Kinneberg served as head coach at UTEP in 1985. Prior to that, he was an assistant at UTEP for four seasons.

In addition to his duties with USA Baseball, Kinneberg worked with the Italian Olympic team in 1984, serving as pitching coach.

Kinneberg is a 1980 graduate of Arizona. He played two years with the Wildcats, going 7-4 on the mound with seven saves, including an appearance in the 1979 College World Series. Kinneberg earned a master's degree from UTEP in 1982.

Kinneberg and his wife Janet reside in Sandy, Utah. They have two children, Joe (13) and David (11).

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