Ricky Meinhold
Ricky Meinhold
Title: Assistant AD for Facilities and Game Administration
Phone: 843-383-8255
Email: rmeinhold@coker.edu

Meinhold joined the Cobras staff in August of 2011, after serving as the pitching coach at Lindenwood University for a season.

The 2013 season marked Meinhold's second season leading the Cobra pitching staff. In 2013 the Cobra hurlers had a 4.42 team ERA, allowing 266 runs in 450.1 innings with 329 strikeouts. As a staff the Cobras averaged 6.09 strikeouts per game. Five pitchers earned Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week honors and three pitchers were named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Region Pitchers of the Week (Andrew Goot, Dan Meyer & Zach Loraine). Goot was a first team all-conference selection, while Meyer, Loraine and Tyler Witzel were named second team all-conference. Loraine also received Daktronics All-Region and All-American honors, as well as being named to NCBWA All-Region team. Loraine was also drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 21st round of the MLB Draft in June of 2013. Meinhold led the pitching staff and helped lead the Cobras to their first-ever NCAA postseason appearance, winning the Southeast Region and advancing to the NCAA DII Baseball National Championship.

In his first season leading the pitching staff, Meinhold's pitchers had a 4.90 team ERA, allowing 251 runs in 371 innings with 243 strikeouts. As a staff the Cobras averaged 5.89 strikeouts per game. Sophomore right-hander Andrew Goot was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week and DII National Pitcher of the Week.

Prior to his time at Lindenwood, Meinhold served as the pitching coach at his alma mater Drury University for one season before pursuing a professional playing career. Meinhold played professionally  for the San Diego Padres and then spent time in the Australian Winter League playing for the South Australia State Team, a San Deigo Padres affiliate. He then played for two seasons in the Frontier League, playing for the Windy City Thunderbolts and the Gateway Grizzles.

As a collegiate player at Drury, Meinhold was the first pitcher to play professional baseball in school history. He was also a Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Academic Team member and he holds the record for most consecutive innings without an earned run, 32.2.

Meinhold holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sport and Science from Drury and an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from West Valley College. He also earned a Master's degree from Coker in College Sports Administration.