Head Baseball Coach
Coach Daryl Cronk is entering his 3rd season as the head coach of the Avila Eagles.
Since his arrival at Avila University as a first-time head coach in 2011, the Eagles have experienced tremendous success under his leadership.
The 2013 Eagles made their second consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament, and for the second straight year, were the last HAAC Conference institution to be playing in the national tournament. Finishing with an overall record of 30-22, the Eagles had seven All-HAAC athletes on their roster and two Rawlings Gold Glovers.
In 2012, Cronk’s first year at the helm, the Eagles had an astounding overall record of 41-16, their highest win total in nearly a decade, and were crowned HAAC Regular Season Conference Champions. Cronk was named HAAC Coach of the Year in his inaugural season, and four players received 1st team All-HAAC honors. In addition, Cronk sent former Eagles pitcher Chris Thomas to the next level as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals farm system.
As a player, Cronk was all-conference at Belton High School and went on to an All-American career as a pitcher at Pittsburg State in NCAA Division II. He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in wins (27) and innings pitched (258.7) and is in the top 3 in most career categories.
Cronk also played parts of two seasons professionally, playing with the River City Rascals in the Frontier League. He later served as a scout for the Rays.
Prior to arriving at Avila, Cronk spent 11 seasons as a pitching coach and assistant coach at the high school and collegiate levels.
He returned to his alma mater as pitching coach at Pitt State in 2000. From 2004-07, he was an assistant coach at Pembroke Hill High School in Kansas City, and in 2007, he was named Missouri State High School Assistant Coach of the Year. From 2008-10, he was an assistant at the University of Central Missouri and helped the Mules to the NCAA Division II World Series in 2010.
Cronk is happily married to his wife Jill, and they have three children – daughter Bailee, and sons Blake and Brett.