Brad Meador has compiled 10 years of experience at Cincinnati, including the last five as associate head coach. Currently, Meador assists with recruiting and works with the team's defense and hitters.
In the past, Meador has handled a variety of roles for UC. On the field he has coached first and third base and has been responsible for both the team's offense and defense. Meador's administrative duties have included coordinating camps, organizing travel, planning practices, and holding title as the recruiting coordinator.
Since starting his coaching career in 1998, Meador has coached more than 40 players that have gone on to be drafted or signed by a major league team, including two-time World Champion Kevin Youkilis, and New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese.
Meador has made his mark working with the Bearcats defense during his UC career. Four times, Cincinnati has finished among the top 11 in the country in double plays turned, including a school-record 72 in 1999 and 69 in 2005. The Top 5 single-season double-plays marks and four of the Top 5 fielding teams in school history have come under Meador's watch. Also in 2005, the Bearcats ranked fourth nationally in double plays per game and 15th in fielding percentage at .972, the second-highest single season mark in school history.
Meador has also been a part of three of the winningest teams in Bearcat history, including the 2008 school-record 39-win squad.
Offensively, Meador has helped produce some of the top power hitting teams in the nation. UC has led the conference in home runs three times during Meador's tenure and ranked ninth in the country in 2001 and 28th a year later. In 2002, four different Bearcats hit at least 10 home runs and UC set a school and league record with eight in one game. Meador has also been credited with helping Logan Parker en route to the latter being drafted in the 12th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
In addition to Parker, Meador worked with junior college transfer Mike Spina in 2008 and 2009. In just two seasons, Spina set UC's single-season home run record (23), tied UC's single-season RBI mark (79), finished first in career slugging percentage (.703), third in career home runs (44), fourth in career batting average (.359), and sixth in career RBI (148).
Prior to joining the Bearcats, Meador spent two years at New Mexico State coaching hitters and infielders. The Aggies went from last to second in the Big West in fielding percentage during his first year and finished eighth in the country in double plays turned in 1999. The squad was also fifth in the nation in batting and home runs in 1998.
Meador began his career at Oklahoma State as a lead instructor in the Mid-American Baseball Satellite School under former Cowboys' coach Gary Ward.
The Brad Meador File
College: Oklahoma State (BS in Physical Education and Health, 1997)
Year at Cincinnati: 10th
Coaching experience: 12 seasons
Oklahoma State (1996-97), camp instructor; New Mexico State (1997-99), assistant coach; Cincinnati (1999-04), assistant coach; Cincinnati (2005-present), associate head coach.
Personal: Married, wife Kara; children Brooklyn (6) and Ryan (4)
What others are saying about Brad Meador
"Whether it was hitting me extra ground balls or throwing me soft toss, Coach Meador never hesitated to come early or stay late from practice to help me out. He is one of the more genuine coaches I have played for and he truly wants to see you succeed. His help was a big part of how I became a first team all-conference player."
--Brad Schutz, Bearcat from 2000-03
"Simply put, Brad Meador is an incredibly talented baseball man -- a great teacher of the game and a great evaluator of talent. Not only does he have a great feel for baseball but more importantly, in my opinion, a feel for the kids. Brad has great people skills which you can see at work as he deals with players, recruits, parents, administrators, faculty and alums. I cannot imagine a better assistant as he brings work ethic, strong opinions and solid advice to our program. He has been fiercely loyal to me and to the University of Cincinnati."
--Cincinnati head coach Brian Cleary
"Coach Meador came to Texas to watch me play and meet my family. He and my family hit it off and I put my trust in him right away. During my career, Coach Meador was really involved with my swing and helping me be a better hitter. We tried many things and tried some different things in order to make me feel comfortable and he really helped me get to where I am at today. I went through some hard times in my first season of pro ball and I couldn't think of anyone who could help me except for him. I called him and told him what I was doing and it helped me get back on track as soon as that day. Now that I am back getting ready for spring training, he is still involved with my swing and is willing to help me get ready. He is always willing to do whatever he can to help me succeed."
--Logan Parker, Bearcat from 2005-06
"Coach Meador has been a coach and a good friend. When it comes to my skills on the field, I trust and believe everything he has to say. Throughout my professional career, I still talk to him all the time about things on and off the field."
--Mark Haske, Bearcat in 2005
"Brad has that rare combination of personal discipline for organizational skills and the intelligence to communicate and teach today's college player. He will prepare major college hitters to excel at that level as well as prepare them for professional baseball."
--Gary Ward, the 12th-winningest baseball coach in Division I history
"Coach Brad Meador was a strong influence on my development in all aspects of the game. He consistently motivated me to improve both offensively and defensively, and was willing to spend the time to get me to the highest level. I owe a great deal of my success at the University of Cincinnati to Brad Meador. He is not just a great coach, but a great person."
--Aaron Moll, Bearcat from 2000-04
"Coach Meador and I had a great player-coach relationship while I played at UC. He had a big impact on my success as a baseball player and also as a person. I could always count on his input to improve my game throughout the course of a season. He had a knack for pinpointing and quickly adjusting any minor flaws that I was experiencing at the plate or in the field. I especially appreciated his willingness to spend extra time before or after practice to review film, hit fungos, or throw BP. Even though my playing days are over I still keep in contact with Coach Meador frequently."
--Mark Muscenti, Bearcat from 2002-06