Steve Sabins enters his second season as an assistant coach with the West Virginia baseball team, serving as the hitting coach.
Sabins’ first season with the Mountaineers was a memorable one, as WVU posted a 36-22 record and advanced to its first ever Big 12 Championship Game. West Virginia closed the year as one of the hottest teams in the country, winning 17 of its last 21 games.
With one of the youngest starting lineups in the country, Sabins helped guide the WVU offense to numbers it’s best numbers since joining the Big 12 Conference in 2013. The Mountaineers’ batting average (.287), RBIs (312), runs scored (341), doubles (116), triples (21), total bases (847), slugging percentage (.432), walks (240), on-base percentage (.370) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.58) were all their best since moving to the Big 12.
Two Mountaineers were named to multiple Freshman All-America teams. Darius Hill was honored five times, while Ivan Gonzalez was named to one Freshman All-America team.
WVU’s wealth of postseason accolades also included 10 All-Big 12 Team and four All-Tournament Team honors, both program records. West Virginia’s 10 Big 12 weekly honors were also the most in a season since joining the Big 12 and tied for the most by any school in the league in 2016.
Sabins comes to Morgantown after four seasons at Oklahoma State, where he impacted all facets of the OSU program from 2011-15. Sabins also brings experience as a head coach and general manager in collegiate summer leagues to WVU.
An Austin, Texas, native, Sabins served as OSU’s first base coach and outfield coach in 2015 as a volunteer assistant coach. He assisted in recruiting and creating opponent scouting reports and also helped with hitting and base running.
With Sabins on staff, the Cowboys made the NCAA Regionals each of the last three seasons, including a Super Regional appearance in 2014. Under Sabins’ direction in 2015, the OSU outfield core had a .990 FDP% and all three primary starting outfielders earned All-Big 12 honors.
Sabins worked his way up onto the OSU coaching staff, first as the team’s graduate assistant in 2012-13 and then as the player development coordinator in 2014 before becoming the volunteer assistant coach in 2015.
As the team’s player development coordinator in 2014, Sabins worked directly with the strength, marketing, fundraising and academic staffs. Sabins also oversaw the team’s summer bridge program, handled on-campus recruiting as well as video analysis and was the director of the Dugout Club.
Sabins’ began his career on the OSU staff as a graduate assistant during the 2012-13 seasons. He ran the video analysis program and scouted game and practice footage, providing film and feedback for hitters, infielders and pitchers. Sabins prepared scouting reports, organized Dugout Club events and implemented an academic accountability system to monitor and improve individual and team academic performances.
In 2013, Sabins served as the general manager of the Charles Town Cannons in their first season in the Valley Baseball League. Sabins led the Cannons to the postseason, becoming the only expansion team to make the playoffs in their first season. Building a team from the ground up, Sabins led the recruitment of collegiate players to the team, hired the coaching staff and worked with the marketing staff and Charles Town, West Virginia, city officials.
Sabins was the head coach of the VBL’s Winchester Royals in 2012 and the head coach of the Leesburg Thunder of the Futures Wood Bat League in 2011. The Royals set league records for homeruns and RBI, while Sabins guide the Thunder to a regular season and World Series championships.
As a player, Sabins began his collegiate career at Angelina Community College. He then attended Daytona Beach Community College before being recruited to play at Oklahoma State. After a medical redshirt season with the Cowboys, Sabins transferred to Embry-Riddle and was named the Sun Conference Player of the Year and an NAIA All-American.
Sabins graduated from Embry-Riddle with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2011. He earned a master’s of science degree in educational leadership-higher education from Oklahoma State. Sabins is married to Tabitha Tucker.