HEAD COACH SCOTT NASBY
Scott Nasby has made quite a splash in just four seasons as the head coach of the Drury Baseball program, having led the Panthers to combined records of 132-88-1 (a .674 winning percentage), highlighted by three NCAA-II tournament appearances along with a pair of back-to-back Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships in 2013-14 and in 2014-15.
Nasby's 2015 Panthers completed a 33-24-1 campaign that, on the surface, doesn't look as noteworthy until you consider the late-season run that DU squad put together. Struggling with a 17-20-1 record midway through April, the Panthers reeled off 14 victories in their next 16 games to capture their second straight GLVC title with a 7-2 victory over Quincy in the title game in Westfield, Ind., to earn the league's automatic NCAA tourney bid for a second straight year.
His Panthers then went to St. Charles, Mo., and went 2-2, remaining one of the final 24 remaining teams still playing when they lost to Truman State 5-3 in a Saturday night elimination game as the Bulldogs went unbeaten in the four-day tourney to advance to the College World Series, marking the second straight year the Panthers lost to the regional winner.
That included the 2014 campaign, when Nasby's Panthers finished 44-13 - setting school records for most victories and fewest losses - and captured the program's second GLVC title with a 2-1 triumph over Quincy in the title game in Evansville, Ind.. That helped propel DU into the NCAA-II Midwest Regional, back in Evansville, where the Panthers advanced to the regional final for the first time in the program's history before falling 4-2 to host and eventual national champion Southern Indiana.
An assistant to former DU head coach Mark Stratton during the program's first six seasons as a D-II member (2007-12), Nasby was elevated to "interim head coach" in January of 2013 after Stratton was forced to the sidelines with health concerns. All Nasby did was lead the Panthers to a 39-17 record, which was then the best in the program's history, and lead DU officials to lift the "interim" tag off his title on April 29, 2013. Nasby's '13 Panthers went on to finish second in the GLVC Championships post-season tourney with a 2-1 loss to Bellarmine in the title game, and a week later, played host to the NCAA-II Midwest Regional at Meador Park for the first time, bowing out with a pair of losses to open play.
With Nasby involved as either an assistant or head coach, Drury Baseball has made the GLVC Championships' five of the last six seasons in the eight-team post-season field and won the league title three times, the other coming in the program's inaugural 2007 campaign. After going 25-9 to win the GLVC West regular season title in '13, Nasby's Panthers followed that with an outstanding 28-6 campaign in league play in 2014-15 for a second straight West crown and a two-year mark of 53-15 in GLVC regular season competition. The 2015 edition finished 20-16-1 in GLVC play.
Nasby's first DU squad as head coach ('13) also featured the first three players in the program's history to earn All-America honors, as senior outfielder Matt Borgschulte, junior outfielder Nick Thimesch and redshirt freshman designated hitter Payton Reed all received some form of A-A recognition in 2013.
His 2014 unit included DU's first-ever First Team All-America selection (Thimesch), with pitcher Will Landsheft also earning Third Team All-America status in addition to Midwest Region Pitcher Of The Year honors. Landsheft became the first Panther ever selected in the Major League Baseball Free Agent Draft when he was taken in the 36th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 2014-15 senior first baseman Luke Tewes continued the DU tradition by earning Third Team Academic All-America honors from Capital One.
Nasby's Panthers also have excelled in the classroom, as Drury shared the highest grade point average (3.43, with McKendree) among the GLVC's 16 baseball teams in 2014.
A 2005 graduate of Missouri State University, where he obtained his degree in Marketing, Nasby played four seasons of baseball for the Bears. He started at every infield position (excluding pitcher), and drew the starting assignment at first base for the Bears during their remarkable run into the 2003 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Nasby is a graduate of Springfield’s Glendale High School, where he played three seasons for Stratton. Nasby also picked up experience by coaching in Italy’s professional leagues.
Nasby and wife Andrea are parents to young son Cole and daughter Caroline.