Hired prior to the 2012 season as an assistant coach, Shane Davis came to Western Illinois after two years as an assistant coach at Cleveland State.
Last year, senior pitcher Tyler Owings became the program’s all-time saves leader and earned Second Team All-Summit League honors.
Davis' third season at Western Illinois saw four Summit League 'Pitcher of the Week' honors, the most in program history. Preston Church was named Summit League ‘Pitcher of the Week’ on March 9, Aaron Michel twice on March 31 and April 14, Tyler Willman on April 7 and John White was the final Leatherneck to receive the honor on April 28. In addition, Willman was named First Team All-League, which marks the first time since 2006 that a Western pitcher received First Team All-Conference honors.
Nick Milligan and Owings each finished their junior campaigns with 4-1 records on the mound. The .800 win percentage for both is tied for 10th on the single season list (minimum five decisions). Additionally, Owings recorded six saves during the season, which is the second-most in a single season in program history. Owings was also honored with Academic All-Summit League honors.
Following the season, Willman was selected in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, making him the highest selection for a Western Illinois right-handed pitcher since 1970.
In his second season, he aided in the continued development of the pitching staff as the team ERA dropped from 4.85 in 2012 to 4.51 in 2013. Davis assisted in the development of then-freshman Michel who was named Second Team All-League and ended the 2013 season with a 1.23 ERA, the lowest season ERA in the program’s Division I era. Davis also assisted with the development of Brian Loconsole who notched a record nine saves in 2013 and was drafted in the 20th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angles.
In his first season, Davis was the recruiting coordinator for the Purple & Gold. He assisted in the recruiting of several freshmen that provided immediate impact for the Leathernecks in 2012. Seth Fuller, Mark Garton, Vince Howard, Milligan, Mason Pingel, Nick Smith and Brent Turner all saw extended playing time for the Leathernecks.
Davis assisted with Cleveland State's recruiting efforts, focusing primarily in the Midwest. He also helped with summer ball placement and worked to arrange the team's travel plans and future scheduling. Following Cleveland State's baseball program being dropped in May of 2011, Davis served as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers.
Davis joined the Vikings after working as an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy where he was responsible for coaching the bullpen and catchers, while also assisting with the hitters. While at Air Force, the Falcon catchers ranked first or second in the Mountain West Conference in every defensive category.
Davis has also served as the co-head coach of the Stark County Terriers, an elite 18 and under summer league team that qualified for the ABCA Midland regional. He also coached the Varsity Shop Training Center Bullets, an 18 and under team based out of Detroit, during the summer of 2008.
In addition, he was an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University during the 2008 season, serving as outfield coach, while assisting with hitters. He also served as a student assistant coach at EMU working with the pitchers and catchers during the 2007 season.
During his time at EMU he was part of a coaching staff that went 36-12 in the Mid-American Conference, including a regular season championship and tournament runner-up finish in 2007 and a West Division title and a MAC tournament championship in 2008 with a berth in the Ann Arbor Regional.
Davis was a four-year letterwinner as a catcher for Eastern Michigan and earned his bachelor's degree in Secondary Education in 2007. He earned his master's degree in Communication from WIU in 2015.
Director of Operations
Matt Risdon is in his first year as director of operations for the Leathernecks baseball program. Prior to being hired as director of operations, Risdon appeared in 40 games starting in 15 of them during his two-year career with Western Illinois baseball.
Senior (2014): Made 16 appearances with seven starts during his final season at WIU... five starts at catcher, two as the DH... first hit of the season came on 2/20 vs. Louisiana-Monroe... one hit and RBI on 2/21 vs. Southern Illinois... scored his first run of the season on 2/22 vs. Louisiana-Monroe... season-high five at-bats on 2/28 at Evansville... one hit and run scored in a pinch hit appearance on 4/13 at Fort Wayne... started game two at Fort Wayne on 4/13, recorded a double in the game and a career-high three RBIs... one hit and run scored on senior day vs. Omaha (5/17)... final career appearance came on 5/24 vs. North Dakota State in The Summit League Championship... recorded a hit in the game... ends his playing career with 40 appearances and 15 starts.
Junior (2013): Appeared in 24 games with eight starts… Made his debut as a DH in the first game of the year at Arkansas and recorded a single… made one plate appearance on 2/16 at Arkansas... made one plate appearance on 2/23 at Arkansas State... had first career double and run scored on 3/1 vs. Wichita State... first career start came as the DH on 3/2 vs. Iowa... had one hit and one walk on 3/2… drove in a run and picked up two hits on 4/13 vs. Omaha… two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI at Blackburn on 4/21… one hit in a pinch hit appearance on 5/14 at Omaha.
Kishwaukee College: Team captain... All-Conference, All-Region, Academic All-Conference... Kishwaukee Athlete of the Year.
High School: Played baseball and soccer... All-Conference, All-Area, All-North Shore.... team captain... .430 Batting Average, five home runs, 18 doubles
Parker Osborne joined Ryan Brownlee's coaching staff in August 2016 as a volunteer assistant.
He served as the assistant coach for the DuPage Drones in Naperville (Prospect League), working as the hitting coach and with the outfielders. They finished with a 35-24 record, second-best mark in the league. Two of the league's top draft prospects were players coached by Osborne, including league MVP Aaron Meyer (Missouri State) who went on to receive First Team All-American by Perfect Game. During the 2016 season, he coached at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, working with the outfielders, recruiting and hitters.
He finished his collegiate career by playing his last two seasons at Southern Illinois. He played in 42 games (39 starts) in 2015, batting .289 with four triples and two homers. In 2014, Osborne was named Honorable Mention Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete. He played in 48 games and started 42 times. He strung together a 10-game hitting streak in 2014. Also during the 2014 season he had 12 multi-hit games, four multi-RBI games and two outfield assists.
Before joining the Salukis, Osborne played summer baseball with the Slippery Rock (Pa.) Sliders in the Prospect League. He hit .343 with 11 runs, five doubles and eight stolen bases. His sophomore year he batted .337 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Osborne's collegiate career began at Central Arizona Community College.
A native of Chandler, Arizona, Osborne was a two-time All-Conference selection in high school and helped lead his team to a state runner-up appearance as he excelled in the classroom and on the diamond.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Administration with Cum Laude honors from Southern Illinois.