Associate Head Coach - Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds is in his second 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 wife, Ashleigh, he has one daughter, Azlynn, and a son, Jax.
Assistant Coach - Dusty Napoleon
Dusty Napoleon is in his third season as the assistant baseball coach at Northwestern. He runs the team's offense, works the Wildats' catchers and assists in the program's recruiting efforts.
Napoleon coached Northwestern's offense to a strong campaign 2017, as the Wildcats appeared in their first Big Ten Tournament since 2010 and their first Big Ten Tournament championship game since 1984.
Napoleon helped oversee the meteoric rise of Joe Hoscheit, who was the 2017 Big Ten statistical champion, after batting .468 in 24 conference games with 44 hits, 10 doubles and 29 RBI. His average in conference play was the highest by any Big Ten player in the last 18 seasons.
Napoleon also mentored senior Matt Hopfner to another strong year behind the dish and incorporated talented first years Alex Erro and Leo Kaplan to the lineup in 2017. Hopfner hit .301 for the season, Kaplan batted .287 and Erro mashed .275 from the leadoff spot.
Napoleon joined the 'Cats after serving as an assistant coach (2014-15) at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. There, he worked with the hitters and catchers as he helped the Cougars win 33 games overall, including a triumph over the defending Division III national champions, UW-Whitewater in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The team won 24 of its final 28 games over the final six weeks.
Prior to arriving at CUC, Napoleon worked as an assistant at Western Illinois University. He has also spent time on the bench at North Park University and Iowa, his alma mater.
Napoleon was a three-year starter for the University of Iowa from 2005-07. In 2007, he led the team in on-base percentage, walks and RBI's. His 32 walks in conference play that spring set a Big Ten record that stands to this day.
Following the 2007 campaign, Napoleon was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 19thround of the Major League Baseball Draft. He ascended through all four levels of Minor League Baseball as he played with the Sacramento River Kings of the Pacific Coast League. In 2009, Napoleon won the Oakland Athletics Community Service Award.
Napoleon and his wife, Mary, reside in Winnetka with their son, Knox.
Assistant Coach & Camp Director- Tad Skelley
Tad Skelley is in his third season on the Northwestern coaching staff. He primarily works with the Northwestern infielders, while also assisting in the development of the hitters.
Skelley guided the 'Cats improvement in hitting and fielding in 2017 in as they appeared in their first Big Ten Tournament since 2010 and their first Big Ten Tournament championship game since 1984.
Skelley improved the team's fielding percentage from .967 in 2016 to .974 in 2017, a mark in the top 20% of the country and the sixth-highest in the Big Ten.
The Wolfeboro, N.H., native also serves camp coordinator. In addition to those duties, Skelley assists associate head coach Josh Reynolds and assistant coach Dusty Napoleon with their on-campus recruiting efforts.
The former Wheaton College (Massachusetts) standout most served as the Director of Operations at Notre Dame from 2013-15. He helped to plan all aspects of the Fighting Irish practices, served as the video analysis coordinator, assisted with camp organization and planned all travel and financial arrangements.
Before his stint in South Bend, Ind., Skelley was a mathematics teacher and baseball coach at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, N.H. from 2012-13.
Skelley graduated from Wheaton in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. He had a hand in 130 victories over four seasons as the Lyon won three conference regular season championships and three tournament titles. He served as a team captain in 2011 and graduated as a .345 career hitter.
Prior to arriving at Wheaton, Skelley stood out in baseball, hockey and football at Holderness School in Plymouth, R.I. He claimed the Webster Cup as the school's top athlete in 2007.
Skelley is married to the former Josie Hill, a Northwestern alumnae, and they reside in Glenview, Ill., with their daughter, Madden.
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.