Evan Pratte enters his 18th season as part of the Mizzou staff. He enters his fourth year as the Tigers' Director of Baseball Operations after spending the previous 13 years as an assistant coach, working with the hitters and infielders.
Serving as the Director of Baseball Operations, Pratte is still heavily involved in the success of the program. He handles a variety of responsibilities that ensure that the student-athletes at Mizzou get one of the best experiences possible while playing collegiate baseball. From arranging travel to handling a wide variety of daily activities, Pratte's contributions help the entire team and coaching staff succeed. He also brings with him a wealth of baseball experience after spending years as a player and coach.
One of the best hitters while at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State), Pratte helped 34 Mizzou hitters to All-Conference recognition as the Tigers' hitting coach from 1998-2010, including Aaron Senne and Brett Nicholas in 2010.
Senne hit .400 2010, becoming the first Tiger to finish the year with a batting average of at least .400 since 1986. He ended his career at Mizzou as the school's all-time leader in career hits with 291 and earned All-America honors, along with being named the Big 12 Conference Co-Player of the Year.
Senne, Nicholas and Michael Liberto were all selected in last June's Major League Baseball Draft.
Several of Pratte's lineups at Missouri posted solid offensive numbers. In 1998, the Tigers hit a school-record 110 home runs - a figure that ranked sixth nationally- and also posted a school record .572 slugging percentage. The 2001 squad tied a Mizzou record with 83 stolen bases, matching the mark set in 1979. In 2006, Mizzou scored 10 or more runs in 13 games and in 2005, the Tigers ranked 12th in the nation in scoring, averaging 8.1 runs per game.
Missouri again had several offensive weapons in 2007. Evan Frey's .348 batting average was 10th best in the Big 12, while Jacob Priday closed the year by hitting .375 over the final 24 games and finished the year with 13 home runs and 59 RBI. Meanwhile, Coleman tallied nine homers and earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-America honors.
Missouri ranked fifth in the Big 12 with a .301 batting average in 2008, the best team average since posting a .307 mark in 2003. Six Tigers hit over .300 for the year, led by Senne (.347), Lollis (.339) and Priday (.332). Priday finished his four-year career at Mizzou as one of the best hitters in MU history, leaving as the school's record holder for career home runs (55) and RBI (240).
Pratte joined the Missouri coaching staff in 1998 via his alma mater, where he served as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons. Pratte graduated from SMS (now Missouri State) following a four-year career with the Bears, in which he led the team to three conference crowns as a standout infielder from 1988-91. He was a first-team all-conference pick in 1990 and 1991 and added all-region honors in 1991.
Still a record holder in many categories in SMS history, he finished his career with 18 home runs, 152 runs batted in and a .335 batting average in 220 games. He held the records in games played, at-bats, hits, singles, total bases, sacrifice hits, assists and double plays when his college career ended.
He also ranks among the Bears' all-time leaders in nearly a dozen other categories. Between his collegiate playing days and his coaching career, Pratte played five seasons in the Detroit Tigers' organization, including stops in Niagara Falls, Fayetteville, London, Lakeland and Trenton. He led in several offensive categories during his time in Niagara Falls and Fayetteville.
Pratte's first coaching position came as the head coach of the National Baseball Congress' Nevada (Mo.) Griffons in 1997, where he led the team to a 46-15 record. The Griffons won the League by six games and placed second in the 32-team NBC World Series in his only season as the team's skipper.
Pratte's wife, Jill, works as a certified athletic trainer at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. They have one son, Paul Evan (8).
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