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2018 Baseball Coaches
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Steve Jones
Head Coach - 3rd Season
Alma Mater: California State University, Chico
Phone: 903-334-6665

Coach Jones enters his 3rd year at Texas A&M University-Texarkana winning 65 games in the first two years of the program as well as reaching post season play in each of those seasons. In the Eagles inaugural season they posted a record of 33 wins and 20 losses with trips to the AII conference tournament and the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament. 

Coach Jones has an overall record of 615 wins and 439 losses; ranking him 22nd amongst current NAIA Head Coaches; his teams have qualified for the post season in 17 of his 19 years as a head coach.

In 17 seasons as the head coach at NCAA Division II New Mexico Highlands his teams qualified for the RMAC conference tournament 15 seasons and qualified for NCAA Regionals 6 times; hosting the NCAA Central regional in 2010. Jones’s NMHU teams won 2 RMAC conference championships and 3 RMAC conference tournament championships. His teams reached the finals of the RMAC conference tournament championship game six times.

Coach Jones’s teams won 41 games in 2001, 2010 and 2012. Several of his players have been received all conference, all region and all American honors. Many of his players have gone on to play professionally. 

Jones’s players have succeeded equally as well in the classroom. Several players have been named to academic all-conference teams as well as achieving scholar athlete of the year honors. His 2009 team at NMHU achieved an overall GPA of 3.59.

Prior to becoming the Head Coach at New Mexico Highlands, Jones was an assistant at the University of California, Davis for 7 years under ABCA Hall of Fame Coach Phil Swimley and an assistant under Dale Metcalf at California State University, Chico for 4 years. At UC-Davis, Jones was a part of 2 conference championships and 3 NCAA regional invitations. In 1995 UC-Davis participated in the NCAA Division II World Series placing 5th. While coaching at CSU-Chico he helped in winning a conference championship in 1987 and qualifying for the NCAA Western Regional.  

Jones finished his playing career at Fort Hays State University in Hays Kansas and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico.

Coach Jones has 4 grown children; Billy, Stephanie, Gabbi and Benjamin

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Tony McKnight
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Alma Mater: Texas A&M University - Texarkana

Tony McKnight enters his 1st season on the TAMUT baseball coaching staff. McKnight will work with Pitchers and will assist in other areas on the field such as hitting, fielding, and workouts/conditioning.

The Texarkana, Arkansas native played at Arkansas High School and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (22nd pick) of the 1995 MLB Amateur Draft. McKnight played 8 total seasons of professional baseball with 2 of those at the Major League level. He made his 1st MLB appreance in August 2010 with the Houston Astros. McKnight played for the Houston Astros in 2000 and 2001 and was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates to finish out the 2001 season. In his Major League career, he compiled a 7-7 record to go along with a 4.63 ERA and 69 strikeouts as a starting pitcher.


Jon Stavinoha
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: New Mexico Highlands
Carson Schneider
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: University of New Mexico

Carson Schneider, Graduated from the University of New Mexico, where he played 4 years at the NCAA Division 1 level. Carson Schneider was a Left Handed Pitcher For UNM. Carson Played Under head coach Ray Birmingham(UNM), assistant coaches; Kenneth Jacome (UNM), Dan Spencer (Washington state), and Buddy Gouldsmith (UNM). Carson is a first year pitching coach for TAMUT.

Carson was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Parents  Father Brian Schneider, and Mother Penny Zink. He has one Sister Kendall Schneider.  

Kelly Morton
Assistant Coach - 1st Season