Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 14, 2022
Tooele’s Trent Pratt excited about job as new BYU head baseball coach

BYU’s new baseball coach is proud of the fact he grew up in Tooele and learned about the game of baseball here.

“My baseball roots started in Tooele at an early age and I have so many good memories from playing Little League on up to high school and legion. I love Tooele and I’m proud of being from there,” Trent said Monday morning.

“We always had really good teams. I played in high school for Steve Hansen for three years and we won a state championship in 1996, and I played Legion for Angelo Cerroni.”

Trent started at catcher as sophomore for the state title team which defeated Murray 8-3 in the championship game.

At Tooele, he was a four-year letter winner in baseball and basketball. He was a member of the 1997 USA Baseball Junior National Team, and as a senior in 1998 was a TPX/Collegiate Baseball High School All-American and the USA Today Utah Player of the Year.

Trent is the son of longtime Tooele residents Steve and Anne Pratt. His siblings were impressive players as well. The Pratt family baseball players included Russell, Scott, Trent, Paul, Kyle and Mark.

Russell played baseball at The University of Wyoming and the University of Utah. He owns a youth baseball club in Oxford, MS that has won national tournaments. Scott played at the University of Utah and at Auburn. Scott was drafted in the third round to the Cleveland Indians and played professional baseball for seven years. Paul played for the Air Force Academy. Kyle played four years for Dixie State. Mark also played baseball in  high school, but played football for Snow College and Youngstown State in Ohio. All were All-State players in the state of Utah.

Trent had been serving as interim head coach at BYU since early April. The school promoted him to head coach after the season on June 8.

“I feel really excited and blessed for this opportunity,” Trent said. “I’m grateful to Tom Holmoe, President Worthen and BYU for their trust in me. I’m ready to get to work, and I’m looking forward to big things ahead for BYU baseball.”

In 25 games as interim head coach, Pratt guided the Cougars to an overall record of 16-9 (.640) and was 10-6 (.626) in West Coast Conference games. He led BYU to a fourth-place conference finish and a spot in the 2022 WCC Baseball Tournament by winning nine of the final 10 regular-season games. Following the 2022 season, a total of 11 Cougars received postseason baseball honors from the WCC, the most since 1961.

“Trent has done an excellent job leading our baseball team through his assignment as interim coach,” Holmoe said. “He quickly earned the respect and trust of our team and is the right choice to guide BYU Cougar baseball into the future, which shortly will include our entry into the Big 12.”

Trent has been an integral part of the BYU baseball staff over the past 10 years, including the previous four seasons as associate head coach. He has served as the Cougar hitting coach, worked with the catchers and took the lead in scheduling each year.

He has been part of a Cougar baseball staff that has developed 45 All-WCC honorees, eight All-Region players, five Freshman All-Americans and two All-Americans. He has also coached 14 players selected in the MLB Draft, including three who have recently seen time in the majors—Jacob Hanneman, Jaycob Brugman and Michael Rucker.

Since joining the baseball program in 2013, Pratt helped BYU claim WCC regular season championships in 2016, 2017 and 2019. In 2017, the Cougars advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.

He said he was surprised when former BYU head coach Mike Littlefield resigned mid-season.

“It was surprising for sure, he has done a lot for me in my career,” Trent said.

It’s been a busy spring for BYU’s new head coach.

“Right now we’re just thinking about tomorrow. Things happened so fast. I was recruiting last week in Houston trying to get our team better for next year and hopefully build our team for the future so when we go into the Big 12 we’re able to be competitive,” the coach said.

“We have a lot to offer kids — a great education along with Christian values knowing you will be around kids with the same values. We just have to find the right kids who want to live by those standards and want to be really good baseball players,” Pratt said.

He said he would like more players similar to Mitch McIntyre from Stansbury High School. McIntyre played a pivotal role for the BYU baseball team the past five years.

“He was an everyday player for four of those five years. He’s just a great kid; you wish you had a team full of Mitch McIntyres,” Pratt said. “He played outfield and pitched for us as well.”

 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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