Since Lindsay Meggs took over as Washington's head baseball coach on July 27, 2009, he has built the Huskies into one of the Pac-12's premier programs. With brand new Husky Ballpark -- the most beautiful setting for college baseball in the West -- and one of the world's most-esteemed academic institutions at his disposal, Meggs has molded the University of Washington into an ideal destination for student-athletes to come and hone their skills on the diamond while receiving a top-notch education.
Meggs has led the Huskies to the NCAA Regionals in two of the last three seasons, including the Nashville Regional in 2016. The Huskies were picked eighth in the pre-season coaches poll, but exceeded expectations by finishing second in the Pac-12 with a 33-23 overall record, 17-13 in Conference action. The Huskies entered the final weekend of Pac-12 action with a chance to win the Conference title, but came up one game short. They were the No. 3 seed at Vanderbilt and went 1-2, beating and eliminating the host Commodores in the tournament.
Four Huskies earned All-Conference honors, including Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Troy Rallings, who was also a first team All-American and a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist. Chris Baker and his son, Jack, were both All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Defensive Team members, while Joey Morgan earned All-Pac-12 honors.
As good as the Huskies were on the field, they also had record-setting excellence in the classroom. In the fall of 2015, the team combined for a program best 3.23 grade point average and followed that up with a cumulative 3.11 GPA in the winter quarter. Eleven players made the Dean's List during the winter.
In 2015, Washington finished with a 29-25 overall record, going 14-16 in the Pac-12 Conference. Under Meggs, two players were selected to the All-Pac-12 Conference team, Tyler Davis and Braden Bishop. Bishop was also named to the Pac-12-All-Defensive Team.
Meggs also saw four players selected in the MLB draft. Austin Rei was the first Husky, selected in the third round going 81st overall. Bishop was taken in the same round, 94th overall. Davis was selected next in the 23rd round, followed by Troy Rallings in the 36th round on the final day.
In 2014, Meggs led the Huskies to one of their best seasons in school history. The team finished with a record of 41-17-1, 21-9 in Pac-12 play. It was the fifth time in UW history the Huskies achieved 40 or more wins, the first time since 2003. The team reached its highest rankings in school history, checking in at fifth in the Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball polls during the season.
For his efforts, Meggs was named the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year. After being picked 10th out of 11 teams in the Pac-12 pre-season coaches poll, Meggs guided the Huskies to a second-place finish in the Conference, their best Pac-12 finish since 2004. It was the second most league wins in school history and most since the north and south merged in 1999.
UW returned to the NCAA post-season for the first time in a decade. The Huskies narrowly missed out on receiving a regional bid and ended up 2-2 at the Oxford Regional, being eliminated by host and eventual College World Series participant Ole Miss, who beat UW twice in a pair of one-run games.
The Huskies were a balanced squad in 2014 under Meggs. The pitching staff had a team ERA of 3.11 to rank third in the pitching-rich Pac-12 Conference. It was the lowest ERA by the Huskies since 1985. The Huskies also ranked second in the conference with 17 saves. The offense ranked among the top half of Pac-12 schools in hitting (.279, 3rd), slugging percentage (.378, 4th), on base percentage (.366, 3rd), runs (324, 4th), hits (538, 3rd), runs batted in (298, 3rd), doubles (93, 4th), home runs (26, T3rd) and total bases (729, 4th).
A total of four players earned All-Conference honors and four were named to the 10-man All-Defensive Team, including Defensive Player of the Year Erik Forgione. The success on the field led to a school-record eight players getting selected in the 2014 MLB Draft.
In 2013, Washington finished 6th in the Pac-12 Conference with a 15-15 record and were 24-32 overall. They finished the season by winning 15 of 22, including series wins over World Series participant Oregon State, defending national champion Arizona, NCAA participant Arizona State and a three-game sweep over Washington State. They beat the Wildcats 23-1 in one game, pounding out 30 hits, the most ever allowed by Arizona.
The 2012 season saw the Huskies make another big step forward, finishing the season with a 30-25 overall record, their best finish in half a decade.
In his first season, Meggs improved the Huskies' wins total over the prior year by five, finishing the season 28-28 overall. In his time in charge at the UW, Meggs has begun a turnaround with aggressive recruiting and in his efforts to make major improvements to the Huskies' facilities.
Meggs, 50, who won two NCAA Division II national titles while at Chico State, served as the Indiana State head coach for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2009, he was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year after leading Indiana State to a 33-21 overall record and a 15-7 mark in MVC play, good enough to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.
Meggs was the first Sycamores coach to earn MVC Coach of the Year since 1984. After being picked to finish sixth in the league's preseason poll, Indiana State's second-place finish was its highest since 1998. Meggs' 2009 squad boasted nine players who earned some level of all-conference honors, including four first-team selections.
Prior to his three years in Terre Haute, Meggs spent 13 seasons (1994-2006) as the head coach at Chico State, where the posted a 538-228-4 overall record and won two NCAA Division II national championships, in 1997 and 1999. While at Chico State, Meggs' teams made it to the D-II World Series seven times and won eight conference crowns. Meggs was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year twice and was the regional coach and conference coach of the year seven times each.
In total, Meggs' career record as a four-year college head coach stands at 755-444-5 over 20 seasons. Prior to his 13 seasons in Chico, Meggs was head coach at Long Beach City College for three seasons, going 75-51-1 with three trips to the playoffs during his term with the Vikings.
He was also head coach at Oxnard College (1989-90) and was an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran (1988-89) and De Anza Junior College (1987-88) Born in San Jose, Calif., and graduate of Saratoga (Calif.) High School, Meggs attended UCLA, where he played four seasons as a starting third baseman on the baseball team.
He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 1983, was drafted by the Brewers in 1983 and was signed by the Royals after being taken in the 15th round of the 1984 draft. Meggs earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA in 1985 and his master's in education-physical education from Asuza Pacific in 1992. He and his wife, Teresa, have three children: Joe, Kelly and Jack. Joe wrapped up his UW baseball career in 2013, while Jack was a freshman on the 2014 squad. Kelly completed a four-year basketball career at UC Irvine in 2014.