Jack Giese (pronounced GEESE-ee) joined the Sooners' staff for the 2012 season after a two-year stint as a pitching coach in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization.
In his two years at OU, Sooner pitchers have totaled 1,054 strikeouts and averaged 8.02 per nine innings pitched. Under Giese's guidance, nine Oklahoma pitchers have been selected in the last two MLB First Year Player Drafts, including Jonathan Gray taken in the first round third overall and Dillon Overton taken in the second round.
The 2013 pitching staff totaled 533 strikeouts, the third most in program history, and a 2.95 earned run average, ranking third in the Big 12.
In the first season under Giese, the Sooner hurlers struck out 521 batters, the fourth most in program history, and helped lead the way to OU's third Super Regional appearance. Overton (126), Jordan John (106) and Gray (104) contributed a majority of that strikeout total and became the first Sooner trio to eclipse the century mark in individiual strikeouts in the same season.
Following the 2012 season, John and fellow hurlers Drew Harrison, Damien Magnifico and Steven Okert were selected in the MLB Draft.
Giese worked the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Rays' Class A affiliate, and also previously held scouting positions with the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds.
Giese held the position of Associate Head Coach at Howard College (Big Spring, Texas) from 2007-2010. In his two seasons at Howard, Giese was also the associate head coach and the program compiled a 111-10 record and won the 2009 NJCAA National Championship. The 2009 team finished with a 63-1 mark, set a collegiate record with 57 straight wins, and held the No. 1 ranking throughout the entire season. In 2008, the team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation and finished 48-9.
In addition to working with Zach Neal, Burch Smith and Damien Magnifico, all of which have been drafted highly in the last three years, Giese has worked with nearly 100 players that have gone on to be drafted or signed at the professional level. Giese also has experience with Team USA after working with the U-18 squad in Joplin, Mo., in 2007.
Last year, Giese and Hudson Valley's staff recorded the 14-team leagues' fourth-best earned run average at 3.25 while leading the way with the fewest hits allowed. The staff also ranked second in shutouts (8), third in WHIP (1.27) and homers allowed (30), and fourth with 231 earned runs.
In 2010, the Renegades' hurlers posted a 3.44 ERA (fourth best in the league) while leading the teams with fewest walks allowed (204). Hudson Valley was also second in the league in WHIP (1.24), and third in earned runs (254) and runs allowed (231).
At Howard College, Giese's 2009 staff led the conference and region in every major pitching category, including a 3.06 ERA, 542 strikeouts and 159 walks. In addition, opponents managed to hit just .230 off Howard pitchers.
Two future Sooners, Neal and Anthony Collazo, contributed to Howard's success in 2009 with 13 wins and 10 wins, respectively.
In 2008, the staff tossed six no-hitters, 15 shutouts, 418 strikeouts and produced two 10-game winners, including Collazo.
Most recently, Giese has recruited six Sooners that played at Howard Collage including Neal, Collazo, Smith, Magnifico and Clint Cooper.
Before joining the collegiate and professional ranks, Giese was the manager and pitching coach for the Coppell Copperheads of the Texas Collegiate League and led the team to three straight playoff appearances. Coppell owned the league's best record (31-15) in 2005 and posted a 3.15 team ERA. The pitching staff finished first in the league in both strikeouts (398) and walks allowed (187). He was honored for the second straight season by coaching in the TCL All-Star Game.
In 2004, the Copperheads won the TCL Championship while leading the league in ERA (3.04), strikeouts (421) and walks (158).
Prior to his stint in the TCL, Giese spent five years coaching the Dallas Mustangs, one of the most successful amateur baseball programs in the nation. During his tenure, the Mustangs made three appearances in the AABC World Series.
Giese and his wife, September, of 17 years have two daughters, Shea and Ellis.
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013