Texas State '01
Assistant Coach / Asst. Recruiting Coordinator
Massengale enters his sixth season as the pitching instructor for the Lumberjacks after having spent the previous four seasons working in the junior college ranks following a successful playing career.
Massengale made an immediate impact on the SFA pitching staff as 'Jack pitchers lowered their opponent's batting average nearly 20 points and allowed a full run per game less than just one year before in his first season.
The `Jacks have continued to raise their productivity during Massengale's tenure, culminating in a 2011 season in which SFA led the Southland Conference with a 3.57 ERA - the lowest ERA for SFA since 1984 - while the SFA staff also struck out nearly a batter more per nine innings than in 2010.
On his watch he has seen four of his pitchers earn All-Southland Conference honors, including Tyler Herriage in 2010, who was also named to the ABCA all-region second team after putting up eight wins, a 2.89 ERA and leading the SLC with .236 opponent's average.
Most recently, Massengale coached senior Brett Higginbotham to a lights-out season out of the bullpen, in which Higginbotham was later named the SLC's relief pitcher of the year. Higginbotham, in addition to the postseason award, was also the only reliever to be named to an all-conference squad, garnering second team honors. Primarily a starter for his first three seasons, Higginbotham changed his delivery at the end of his junior year and honed his craft for his senior season. The submarine right-handed reliever went 4-2 with nine saves and a 2.47 ERA in 2013, striking out 37.
In 2012, Massengale coached closer Alex Moshier to an all-conference senior season.
Moshier became the first `Jack reliever since Richard Folmer in 2009 to earn a post-season honor, finishing in the top three in the league with eight saves and sporting a 5-0 record.
In his first season at SFA both Richard Folmer and Erich Lehmann were each named to the all-Southland Conference teams with Folmer setting a new SFA school record and tying for the league lead with 12 saves in 13 opportunities. Lehmann also made huge strides under Massengale's tutelage, posting his lowest ERA since his Freshman All-American season of 2006 and dropping his ERA 1.2 runs per game.
The `Jacks also got a big payoff at the end of the 2009 season as three pitchers were selected by MLB teams as Chris Court, Folmer and Erik Gregersen were all taken in the MLB Draft.
Before SFA, Massengale spent the 2008 season at Weatherford College after three seasons in East Texas at Texarkana College from 2005-2007. While at WC, Massengale's Coyotes led Region V in team ERA, posting a 4.63 ERA - no other team in the league had an ERA under 5.06 - as they finished the season with a 36-17 record. One of his pupils, Josh Turner, earned first team all-conference honors after picking up 10 wins with a 3.57 ERA.
Before his time at WC, the Weatherford, Texas, native spent three successful seasons at Texarkana JC where he helped the Bulldogs compile a 128-40 three-year record. The team reached the Junior College World Series his first year and the regional tournament each of the next two seasons. While there he saw a number of students selected by major league clubs including David Welch and Jamie Richmond in the 2005 draft, and Maurice Bankston in the 2007 draft.
Massengale also put together a solid playing career, earning conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore at Vernon College after being an all-district pitcher for the Weatherford High School Kangaroos.
After Vernon, he finished his final two seasons at Texas State in 2000 and 2001. While a Bobcat, he was part of the 2000 Texas State team that won the second of back-to-back Southland Conference Tournaments and upset host Baylor in the first round of the Waco Regional. His 3.09 ERA in 2000 still ranks in the top 10 all-time at Texas State, and his seven saves over his two-year career there are tied for fourth.
Massengale and his wife, Sarah, were married in June of 2009 and recently gave birth to twins, Raider and Paisley. The family resides in Nacogdoches.