Head Baseball Coach
Daryl Cronk arrived at Avila University as a first-time head coach in 2011, and since then the Eagles have experienced tremendous success under his leadership.
The 2012 Eagles made there second consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament, and for the second straight year, were the last HAAC Conference school 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 Rowlings Gold Glovers.
In 2011, Cronks' first year at the helm, the Eagles had an astounding overall record of 41-16, their heightest wins total in nearly a decade, and were crowned HAAC Regular Season Conference Champions. Cronk was named HAAC Coach of the Year in his inagural season, and four players received 1st team All-HAAC honors.
In addition, Cronk has sent former Eagles pitcher Chris Thomas on to the major leagues as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Prior to arriving at Avila, Cronk had 11 seasons of experience as a pitching coach and assistant coach at the high school and collegiate levels.
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.
He returned to his alma mater to start his coaching career, 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 '07, 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. Last season, he served as an assistant at Rockhurst University and is a roving instructor and head pitching coach for Building Champions.
Cronk is married to wife Jill. The couple have three children – daughter Bailee, 14, and sons Blake, 11, and Brett, 9.