Bryan Conger is in his fifth season as the University of Utah's pitching coach.
In his first four years with Utah, his pitching staff has set or tied more than 10 team or individual records. Those records include most strikeouts in a season by a pitching staff. Individual records broken or tied include single-season strikeouts and career saves.
Last season, Conger's hurlers recorded Utah's lowest ERA (5.45) in 32 years. He coached two of the league's top pitchers in Eric King (4.36) and Stephen Fife (4.43) who ranked sixth and ninth in the league, respectively. His 2006 staff tied for the MWC lead in fewest walks. Utah was also second in the MWC in team ERA and hits allowed, as well. Conger has coached at least one All-MWC selection in both 2005 and 2006.
Prior to joining the Utah coaching staff, Conger served as the head coach at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan. for the 2003 season. His team set the school record for most wins by a first-year coach. His team placed second in the Jayhawk Conference Tournament and captured the school's first-ever postseason victories. His pitching staff set school records for ERA, strikeouts, saves and appearances. Conger also coached two all-conference pitchers at Cloud County.
From 2000-02, Conger served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Lamar (Colo.) Community College. During his tenure, Lamar won back-to-back conference titles, made the school's first-ever Junior College World Series appearance, earned a national ranking for the first time and set a school record for wins. Conger's pitching staff at Lamar enjoyed great success, setting school records for ERA, strikeouts, saves, shutouts and appearances. He also had four pitchers rank in the top 20 nationally in strikeouts. Four of his pitchers were drafted, five signed with Division I teams and six were all-region.
Conger also served as the pitching coach at his alma mater, Tarleton State University, when it made the jump from NAIA to the NCAA. During his first season at Tarleton, the team advanced to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional, the school's first-ever NCAA postseason berth. The following year, the team won the Lone Star Conference South Division title.
Under his tutelage, Tarleton produced five all-conference picks, three all-region honorees, the conference Freshman of the Year and the conference Pitcher of the Year. In addition, the pitching staff set a school record for strikeouts in a season and a conference record for strikeouts in a game. Conger had a hurler ranked third nationally in strikeouts per game and had two individual pitchers ranked in the Division II Top 25 in ERA.
During his collegiate career, Conger was his team's Comeback Player of the Year in '94 and was named Most Valuable Pitcher in 1995. He then spent two years as a professional baseball player with Pine Bluff in the Texas-Louisiana League.
Conger earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication in 1995, and a master's degree in education with an emphasis in exercise and sports studies in 1999, both from Tarleton State.
Conger and his wife Melanie reside in Salt Lake City. The couple has two children, Maddux (11) and Kaleigh (9).