Bobby Segal, a former catcher at Indiana University, is in his seventh year as a collegiate coach, third season as a recruiting coordinator and second campaign at Wabash Valley College. He works with the Warrior hitters and catchers in addition to coaching third base.
In six years at the collegiate level, Segal has helped his schools to a 324-116 (.736) overall record and 97-41 (.703) mark in league play. His clubs have earned four national rankings and made four appearances in national postseason tournaments.
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.
Segal helped Wabash Valley to a 46-16 overall record in 2013. 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.
2013 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
spent the summer of 2012 with the Terre Haute (Ind.) 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 contacts the following year.
Segal was the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at Division II school 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. 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 third 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 two 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.
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 Game.
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.