Head Coach Kelly Gau
Gau is entering his fourth season with SMU and his second as the head coach. Gau joined SMU after coming from coaching stop at Fresno State and Rock Creek. Gau was named Interim Head Coach during the 2018 season, before being promoted to the head coach in Summer, 2018. During his time as head coach, three Saints have been named GNAC All-Conference, and six have been All-Academic.
In his first season at the helm, Gau led the Saints to an 11-37 record, along with coaching three All-Conference selections in Austin Feist, Ryne Oshiro, and Tanner Inouye. Six members of the team were also named to the GNAC All-Academic team.
He is from the Seattle area and graduated from Woodinville High School and was a member of the Spokane Falls Community College baseball team and then transferred to Central Washington. He was named All-West Region honorable mention (second base) by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as a senior in 2011. Additionally, Gau was named to the 2011 All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference first team.
Gau started coaching at the University of Washington as a student assistant while working toward his master’s degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership from the fall 2012 until he graduated in the summer of 2014. He was on the Bulldog staff as a volunteer coach in 2015 where he was responsible for working with the outfielders, assisting with the hitters, acting as its short game coach along with game-day duties at first base.