July 27, 2009
SEATTLE - After three years spent building the Indiana State baseball team into a winning program, Lindsay Meggs returns to the West Coast as he has been named the new head baseball coach at the University of Washington, athletic director Scott Woodward announced today.
"We're very proud and happy to have Coach Meggs taking over our baseball program," Woodward said. "His record as a builder of programs, both on the field and in the classroom, is superb. He comes highly recommended by some big names in the college coaching world and we're thrilled to have him."
"I can't tell you how excited and honored I am to be part of the Husky family," Meggs said. "The University of Washington has one of the greatest academic and athletic reputations in the country. I look forward to rounding out my staff, meeting the players, and getting started on the road to Omaha".
Meggs, 46, 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. This past year, 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 615-307-4 over 16 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.
photos courtesy of Indiana State athletics.