Henderson Adds Guilliams as Assistant Coach
SALT LAKE CITY – Baseball head coach Gary Henderson has hired Todd Guilliams to be one of his assistant coaches, it was announced on June 22.
Guilliams comes to Utah after being at Kentucky since the 2017 season as the volunteer assistant.
"I'm thrilled to welcome Todd into the Utah athletics family," Henderson said. "I've known Todd for nearly 30 years and know the impact he will have on our program and our student-athletes. He is one of the best offensive minds in college baseball and brings a variety of experiences to the program. He is a tireless worker who has a great ability to connect with student-athletes. We are excited to get Todd to Salt Lake and start working with our program."
Guilliams, who has an extensive history of coaching outstanding hitters during his career, again worked his magic at Kentucky. The Cats have been a devastating offensive club under Guilliams' direction, as the Wildcats led the Southeastern Conference in a total of 12 offensive statistical categories, while also producing five All-Americans.
As the offense hummed along, every player in UK's everyday lineup had career years. Riley Mahan, Tristan Pompey and Evan White each were named All-Americans and were voted first- or second-team All-SEC. Catcher Troy Squires also earned second-team All-SEC, while Zach Reks hit .352 for the season. Mahan, Pompey and White all ranked among the nation's elite hitters, with Pompey ranking second in hits and fifth in runs nationally.
Guilliams went to Kentucky after one season at Western Carolina, where he was the hitting coach and ran the offense, in addition to coaching the catchers. In 2016, the WCU offense ranked in the nation's top 25 teams in batting average (.304, 24th in the nation), runs scored (453 runs, 18th) and home runs (72 HR, 9th).
Guilliams went to WCU from Valdosta State, where he was part of more than 250 wins, three NCAA regional appearances and two Gulf South Conference championships during his eight seasons there (2008-15).
During his time at Valdosta State, Guilliams was the team's hitting coach, worked with the catchers and was VSU's Coordinator of Academic Services. He also shared recruiting duties with his brother, head coach Greg Guilliams. Valdosta State posted a pair of 43-win seasons during Guilliams' time on staff, doing so in 2009 and 2010. In addition to those two seasons, the Blazers also made the NCAA Tournament in 2013 after their second GSC title.
One of the banner seasons for Guilliams came in 2009 as the team led the nation with a school-record 113 home runs -- the fourth-most in NCAA Division II history. The Blazers finished eighth nationally with 578 runs scored and were 11th with a .561 slugging percentage. As a squad, Guilliams guided the Valdosta State batters to a .332 batting average, the highest mark by the Blazers since 1986. Guilliams' approach of plate discipline was also manifested as VSU drew 276 walks on the year, ninth-best in the nation. Overall, the 2009 Valdosta State squad ranked in the top 50, out of 228 schools, in 14 of the 15 offensive categories tracked by the NCAA.
Guilliams' ability to teach the offensive side of the ball also was evident in the personal performance of a pair of Blazers, Brandon Decker and Chase Blackwood, who hit 22 home runs on the year, falling just one short of the school record. Four additional Blazers hit double-digit home runs, giving the 2009 squad a school-record six to accomplish the feat in a single season, while Decker and Matt Costello both hit over .400 on the year.
Prior to making the move to Valdosta, Guilliams and his brother built a powerhouse at Embry-Riddle University, an NAIA institution in Daytona Beach, Fla. Together they won 622 games, against just 228 losses, in 15 years at the school and made six NAIA World Series appearances. Todd served as the hitting, catching and outfield instructor for the program, which produced 44 NAIA All-America selections. He was also responsible for calling pitches and serving as the program's strength and conditioning coach while filling the role as Embry-Riddle's athletic fields manager for the school's baseball, track and field and soccer complex. Additionally, he spent time as the school's sports information director as well as the academic enhancement coordinator.
A 1988 graduate of Eastern Kentucky, earning a degree in sport supervision, Guilliams was an Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete and twice won the Turkey Hughes Scholarship. He was the Colonels' team captain in 1988 while earning Dean's List recognition. He went on to earn his master's degree in physical education in 1990 while serving as an assistant at his alma mater.
Off the field, Guilliams authored a book entitled High-Scoring Baseball: The Complete Guide to Run Production. He has also been a featured speaker numerous times, including at the ABCA national convention and, most recently, at the Best Ever Coaches Clinic in Toronto in January, 2016.