Wolverines took two of three from Aggies during regular season
In his first four seasons as head coach of the Utah Valley University baseball program, Eric Madsen has raised the bar for the future of Wolverine baseball. His four-year record at UVU is 141-86, good enough for a .621 winning percentage.
Over the last three seasons, he has led UVU to 123 wins against just 51 losses, for an impressive .707 winning percentage. Madsen has led Utah Valley to three consecutive Great West Conference regular season and tournament championship; UVU is the only champion in the short history of the Great West.
The 2012 season was one for the storybooks for Utah Valley, with a record of 47-12 - including a 32-game winning streak - the school received national attention for the program's unprecedented success. Madsen's club the nation in winning percentage (.797) and had the best team batting average (.350) in the country for the second time in three seasons. UVU also led the nation in runs per game (9.02), runs (532) and slugging percentage (.523).
UVU finished a perfect 28-0 in the Great West regular season and in the three seasons in the conference have amassed a remarkable 76-4 record, a winning percentage of .950. Add to the three seasons of 4-0 records in the conference tournament and the Wolverines have won 88 out of 92 games vs. the league.
The 2012 season also included the 32 straight victories, two shy of matching the NCAA record, one of which was over eventual national champion Arizona.
For the third straight season, Madsen's club produced at least one All-American with three players receiving the honors in 2012. Goose Kallunki was the first UVU athlete to receive first-team All-American honors with both Billy Burgess and Austin Heaps received third-team recognition.
Kallunki received the first-team honors from four different publications, including the National College Baseball Writers Association, which also named the Orem native one of three finalists nationally for the Dick Howser Trophy, regarded as the Heisman Trophy of college baseball. Kallunki was also a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, the District VIII Player of the Year, the Great West Conference Player of the Year and the national leader with 86 RBIs.
Madsen collected his third straight Coach of the Year award in 2012, matching the titles he won in 2011 and 2010, when the Wolverines initially established a school record with 42 wins.
The 2011 club went 34-22 and for produced an All-American in senior outfielder Chris Benson. The Wolverines lost just two games in the Great West Conference, going 22-2 before winning four straight games to win the year-end tournament.
Madsen was also named the Great West Coach of the Year after finishing the 2010 regular season with a 26-2 record and leading his team to five four-game sweeps in conference. In 2010, Utah Valley finished as the nation's team batting champion, hitting .372 as a club. The Wolverines also led all Division I teams in doubles (188), doubles per game (3.19), hits (840), on-base plus slugging percentage (1.029).
UVU finished second in the nation in three categories; runs (611), RBIs (553) and runs per game (10.4) and were top five in three other categories. Individually, Jake Rickenbach led the country in runs per game (1.51) while teammate Jace Brinkerhoff was second with 1.49 and led the nation in total runs with 88.
Brinkerhoff, who was named a Third-Team All-American, finished less than one-tenth of a point out of the top spot for the individual batting title, batting a school-record .456. Chris Benson was the national leader with 89 runs batted in.
Madsen has produced 30 all-conference players; 19 first team and 11 second team as well as the Player of the Year in 2010 (Brinkerhoff), the Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year in 2011 (Jeremy Gendlek) and the Player of the Year in 2012 (Kallunki).
Prior to taking over as head coach, Madsen coached for five seasons as an assistant under Steve Gardner and has been a part of the program since the school's first season of NCAA Division I competition in 2003.
As an assistant at Utah Valley, Madsen tutored Kam Mickolio, who was drafted in the 18th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2006. Mickolio became UVU's first player to play Major League Baseball when he made his debut on August 20, 2008 for the Baltimore Orioles. Mickolio, who was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization in 2011 is now playing in Japan for the Hiroshima Carp.
Madsen also coached former Wolverine Justin Smith, a 36th-round pick in 2009 by the St. Louis Cardinals, during his first season at Utah Valley
Madsen spent seven years (1996-2003) as the head coach at the College of Eastern
Utah, in Price, Utah, amassing a 146-160 record. While there he coached former MLB pitcher Willie Eyre, who was a junior college All-American while playing for Madsen.
He also coached at CEU with current UVU assistant Dave Carter from 1996-99.
While at Eastern Utah, he directed the Golden Eagles to a 146-160 overall record. His Eastern Utah teams competed every year in what is considered to be one of the best Junior College conferences in the nation.
Madsen spent two years (1994-1996) as an assistant at Eastern Utah before taking over the helm in 1996. Madsen was also an assistant coach for the Zion Pioneerz, a former professional independent baseball club in St. George, Utah.
Madsen's played collegiately at both Eastern Utah, from 1990-92, and at Southern Utah University, from 1993-95. He later received his Bachelor's degree from Bellevue University.
Madsen had an outstanding playing career at both Eastern Utah from 1990-92 and at Southern Utah University from 1993-95. At Eastern Utah he was named the Golden Eagle Player of the Year in 1992. He received his Bachelor's degree from Bellevue.
A graduate of Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Madsen lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. As a standout pitcher and infielder he was a three-year starter, two-time All-City selection and was named Athlete of the Year as a senior.
Madsen and his wife Jessica have five sons, Mick, Maddux, McGwire, Mays and Murphy and one daughter, Macee.