Bobby Segal, a former catcher at Indiana University, is in his eighth year as a collegiate coach, fourth season as a recruiting coordinator and third campaign at Wabash Valley College. He works with the Warrior hitters and catchers in addition to coaching third base.
In seven years at the collegiate level, Segal has helped his schools to a 372-129 (.743) overall record and 116-46 (.716) mark in league play. His clubs have earned five national rankings and made five appearances in national postseason tournaments.
The summer of 2014 brought Segal back to a managerial role in a collegiate summer baseball setting. His return to the Terre Haute Rex (Ind.) of the Prospect League saw him lead the club to an overall record of 37-23. The Rex finished the season leading the league in runs, runs batted in, and walks drawn, while ranking 3rd in both home runs and extra-base hits. The offense was led by centerfielder Manuel DeJesus, who led the PL in hits. Pitching finished 3rd in the PL in earned run average and 4th in batting average against. Early first half success qualified Segal to lead the Western Division All-Stars, including 10 of this own Rex players.
In 2014, Segal assisted Wabash Valley to a 48-13 overall record, winning their second straight Great Rivers Athletic Conference regular-season title and advancing to their second consecutive Northern District championship game of the NJCAA national tournament. The Warriors won 23 of their last 25 games, including an 18-game win streak en route to a year-ending team batting average of .333. They led the country in walks drawn (327), were 2nd in the country in stolen bases (169) and on-base percentage (.448), 3rd in the country in runs batted in (475), and 4th in hit by pitch (100).
The roster at Wabash Valley included two All-Americans and a 33rd-round selection in the Major League Baseball Draft. A pair of incoming recruits were respectively drafted in the 19th and 38th rounds of the MLB amateur draft. Segal also helped 7 players move on to the Division I level.
Segal spent the summer of 2013 in the professional ranks with the Gary (Ind.) SouthShore RailCats, where he was a hitting and third-base coach. The RailCats won their first American Association championship in the past six seasons after finishing the regular season 58-41.
In 2013, Segal helped Wabash Valley to a 46-16 overall record. The Warriors won the Great Rivers Athletic Conference regular-season title and advanced to the district round of the NJCAA national tournament. WVC hit .310 as a team and led the country in stolen bases with 195.
The roster at Wabash Valley included two All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, a Rawlings Gold Glove winner and 23rd-round selection in the Major League Baseball Draft. Segal also helped 18 players move on to four-year colleges, including 12 at the Division I level. An incoming recruit was drafted in the 26th round of the MLB amateur draft.
Segal spent the summer of 2012 with the Terre Haute Rex, where
he was a hitting coach and catching instructor. The Rex
claimed a Prospect League West Division crown en route to the
circuit’s best overall record (38-23). The club was
ranked 19th nationally by Perfect Game USA and three Rex players
would sign professional contracts the following year.
Segal was the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at Division II Tarleton State (Texas) during the 2011-12 school year. The Texans, who were Lone Star Conference Tournament runners-up, won 17 of their last 22 games to finish 30-21. Eight Texans collected all-conference recognition and four notched all-tournament accolades. Three Texans from the 2012 roster players would sign professional contracts in the following two years. The team also managed a 3.00 GPA.
Segal worked with infielders, hitters and coached first base at
NJCAA member Iowa Western during the 2010-11 school year.
IWCC was ranked No. 1 in the national preseason poll and finished
fourth at the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction,
CO. The Reivers won 27 of their final 31 games en route to a
43-20 overall record and 15-1 conference mark.
Segal coached three players at Iowa Western who earned
All-Northern District honors and seven individuals who notched
All-Region XI accolades. He worked with one NJCAA Academic
All-American and three future professional players. The
Reivers also picked up NJCAA Academic Team of the Year laurels with
a 3.05 GPA.
Segal spent the summer of 2010 with the North Adams (Mass.) SteepleCats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He started the season as NA’s top assistant and finished as its manager. The SteepleCats registered a 29-19 overall record, No. 14 national ranking by Perfect Game USA and won the league’s West Division.
The SteepleCats roster featured seven players who went on to
sign Minor League Baseball contracts. Segal also served as
the Western Division’s manager for the annual NECBL All-Star
Segal worked with catchers, hitters and coached first base at Butler during the 2009-10 school year. The Bulldogs improved their win total by eight games (13 to 21) and team batting average by 54 points (.253 to .307). Two players earned All-Horizon League honors, three others landed on the conference’s All-Newcomer squad and the team GPA was 3.12.
Segal spent the 2008 and 2009 campaigns as a graduate assistant at NAIA school Union (Ky.). While instructing outfielders, catchers, hitters and coaching first base, Segal helped the Bulldogs to a 92-30 overall record and 36-9 conference mark. Union made back-to-back national tournament appearances, including a fifth-place finish at the 2008 NAIA World Series in Lewiston, ID. Segal coached two Honorable Mention All-Americans and four First-Team All-Appalachian Athletic Conference selections.
The 29-year-old Indianapolis native began his coaching career after seven months as a baseball operations intern for the Cincinnati Reds. He also occupied several game-day roles for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians during high school and college.
Segal has served as an instructor at several college baseball camps and showcases across the nation. The list includes stops at Butler, Dayton, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, TCU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Segal, a three-year letterwinner and Academic All-Big Ten selection at Indiana, earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from IU in May 2006. He then earned a master’s degree in health and physical education from Union in May 2009. Bobby and his wife Rachel live in Oakland City, IN.