Associate Head Coach - Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds is in his third season as the associate head coach. He oversees the Wildcats' pitching staff and takes a lead role in Northwestern's recruiting efforts.
Reynolds coached an effective pitching staff in 2017 as the Wildcats appeared in their first Big Ten Tournament since 2010 and their first Big Ten Tournament championship game since 1984. Reynolds lowered the pitching staff’s ERA by more than a run from 2016 to 2017.
Reynolds coached numerous pitchers to career years, including seniors Cooper Wetherbee and Pete Hofman, while also grooming first years Hank Christie and Sam Lawrence to breakout campagains.
Wetherbee, who joined the team as junior walk-on, led the team as a senior starter with a 3.17 ERA. Pete Hofman also increased his yearly strikeout total from 16 as a sophomore to 21 as a junior and 49 as a senior in 2017.
Hank Christie started every weekend for the ‘Cats and was named to the All Big-Ten Freshman team. Sam Lawrence led the team with a 2.85 ERA while also matching the record for saves in a single Big Ten Tournament.
Reynolds came to Northwestern after serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State. During his time with Kansas State (2011-15), he helped those Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament twice in five years, while also securing the 2013 Big XII championship.
The 2013 pitching staff netted the school’s lowest earned-run average (3.92) since 1977. The Wildcats also broke program records for the fewest hits allowed per nine innings, the lowest batting average against, saves and innings pitched. Kansas State led the Big XII in both saves (19) and innings (569.0) two seasons ago.
Under Reynolds’ tutelage in 2015, the Kansas State pitching staff continued to deliver some impressive numbers. The staff ERA (4.27) this spring was the program’s fifth-best mark since 1977, while the group averaged only 3.1 walks per nine innings, the sixth-best total in program history. K-State tossed five shutouts in 2015, the eighth-most in one season for the program.
Prior to joining the coaching staff in Manhattan, Reynolds worked as an assistant coach at Evansville for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He has also had successful stints as a graduate manager and a volunteer at KSU, and as an assistant at Northeast Texas Community College.
Reynolds pitched for a Division II power, Central Missouri, from 1998-2000. He set the UCM record for career wins with 34 in three seasons, while helping Mules to Division II College World Series appearances in 1998 and 2000. Reynolds was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) freshman of the year in 1998, and in 2000 he was the conference’s most valuable player and an All-America first-team honoree. In 2007, he was inducted into the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2000, following his junior season at UCM, Reynolds was selected in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets. He also spent time in the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres organizations before transitioning to become a coach in 2004.
Reynolds earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Kansas State in 2006 while serving as a volunteer baseball coach. Along with his, Ashleigh, he has one daughter, Azlynn, and a son, Jax.
Assistant Coach - Dusty Napoleon
Assistant Coach - Dillon Napoleon
Northwestern baseball head coach Spencer Allen has announced the addition of Dillion Napoleon as the Wildcats’ volunteer assistant coach.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dillon Napoleon to the Northwestern Baseball family,” said Allen. “Dillon will primarily work with our outfielders, while also assisting with the pitching staff and coaching first base. His character, work ethic and knowledge of the game will help to propel our program forward. We want to give a big welcome to his wife, Bethany, and daughter, Evelyn, who will fit right into our family.”
“I want to thank Coach Allen, sport administrators Travis Goff and Mark Wesooloski and Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Dr. Jim Phillips for giving me the opportunity to work with this group of world-class student-athletes,” said Napoleon. “I believe in the coaching staff’s vision for this program and I am honored to be part of it.”
In addition to Napoleon’s coaching duties, he will serve as the program’s camp coordinator.
Napoleon spent the past five seasons in Mount Berry, Georgia, at Berry College. There he served as the program’s pitching coach, strength and conditioning coach, and video coordinator.
Prior to joining Berry College, Napoleon was a standout pitcher at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. In 2011, he earned second team All-Conference USA honors and became the first player in UAB history to be named Conference USA’s Newcomer of the Year. As a senior at UAB, Napoleon put together a 5-4 mark on the mound and earned victories over three nationally ranked teams, including No. 5 Rice, No. 14 Central Florida and No. 16 Clemson.
Napoleon transferred to the Blazers after an All-American career at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. In addition to earning NJCAA All-America honors at Heartland, he was named the Midwest Athletic Conference's Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore.
Napoleon earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Management from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2012 and an associate’s degree from Heartland Community College in 2010.
He is the younger brother of current Wildcats assistant coach Dusty Napoleon.
Napoleon and his wife, Bethany, reside in Wilmette, with their daughter, Evelyn.
Director of Operations - Ally Darragh
Ally Darragh is in her third season on the Northwestern baseball staff. She oversees a majority of the off-the-field operations for the program, including alumni relations, assisting with camps and other administrative duties.
Prior to arriving at Northwestern, Darragh worked in event operations for USA Gymnastics in Indianapolis, Ind., where assisted in the planning and execution of three national championships.
In addition to her time with USA Gymnastics, Darragh held event operation internships with Live Nation (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Discoversevilla (Seville, Spain).
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Darragh attended Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., where she graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in Spanish.
Darragh was the head student manager for the University of Notre Dame for four seasons (2011-2015) during her undergraduate years and served as the primary liaison to the Fighting Irish’s director of baseball operations, assisting in all facets of the Notre Dame baseball program.