OU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS – Former Abilene Christian University head coach Britt Bonneau has joined the University of Oklahoma baseball staff as volunteer coach, head coach Skip Johnson announced Wednesday.
A 1992 Oklahoma graduate, Bonneau compiled 756 wins in 22 seasons as head coach at Abilene Christian. Former OU volunteer coach Evan Mistich will serve as graduate manager with the Sooners baseball program, overseeing the analytics, video and scouting areas.
“We are excited to welcome Britt Bonneau to our staff,” Johnson said. “I have known Britt for a long time, and he brings a tremendous amount of experience coaching and leading young men on and off the field. He obviously had great success at Abilene Christian, and we expect his addition to impact our team in a very positive way. Evan did a great job for us as volunteer coach last year, and his skills with video, analytics and scouting will greatly benefit our program.”
Bonneau built Abilene Christian into a Division II power before leading the program’s transition to Division I beginning with the 2014 season. He led the Wildcats to eight Lone Star Conference South Division titles, two regular season championships and five LSC postseason tournament titles. Bonneau’s teams were also invited to nine of 13 NCAA Division II South Central region tournaments between 2000-13. In 2003, he led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II World Series.
A six-time Lone Start Conference Coach of the Year, Bonneau tutored 17 Division II All-Americans, including six first-team selections, as well as 28 all-region selections. He tutored nine LSC MVP’s, six LSC Pitchers of the Year and two Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove winners. In the Division I era, he coached five all-Southland Conference players.
Bonneau completed his playing career at Oklahoma in 1992, when he scored 72 runs, knocked 19 doubles, six triples and nine home runs, stole eight bases and drew 55 walks, in helping the Sooners to the College World Series. He spent his first three seasons at Lubbock Christian, where he helped lead LCU to the 1991 NAIA World Series and was named Rawlings Region IV Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. He led the nation in hits (111), runs scored (109) and RBIs (98) and was third in home runs (19).
He began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Texas-San Antonio in 1993 before moving to LCU in 1994 and then ACU in 1996. Bonneau received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 1994 from LCU.