Meet the Staff
Patrick Hallmark - Head Coach
Patrick Hallmark was named the fourth head coach of the UIW baseball program on July 17, 2017.
In his first year with the program, Hallmark guided the Cardinals to unprecedented heights. UIW was 29-26 overall and posted a 13-15 record in Southland Conference action, marking the most overall and conference wins since becoming Division I and joining the Southland Conference.
He guided the team to a league-leading .292 batting average and a conference-best .395 on-base percentage. UIW also had 557 hits, a mark which ranked second in the conference following the regular season. The team also ranked second in runs scored (351), sacrifice flies (30) and stolen bases (70).
Hallmark made the move to UIW after spending the previous season in the Southeastern Conference as the pitching coach at Mizzou.
Under Hallmark’s leadership the Tigers placed four pitchers in the top-25 in the SEC, including two who cracked the top-10. Mizzou posted a 3.67 team earned run average and reached the third round of the SEC tournament, ultimately falling to South Carolina.
Prior to his time with the Tigers, Hallmark spent 11 seasons with Rice, where he helped transform Owls baseball into a nationally-recognized program. In addition to reaching NCAA Regional play in all 11 seasons, Rice made three trips to the College World Series (2006-2008) with five Super Regional appearances.
Hallmark was a successful player, earning All-Southwest Conference honors in 1995 while guiding Rice to its first 40-win season in 11 years. He played nine years of professional baseball after being drafted by the Royals in 1995. He saw action in two minor league all-star games and was part of three consecutive minor league champion teams from 1997-99.
Zach Luevanos - Camp Director
Zach Luevanos joined University of the Incarnate Word baseball program during the 2018 season. He works with the hitters, catchers and outfielders and is the camps coordinator.
Prior to joining the Cardinals, Luevanos helped coach the Our Lady of the Lake University baseball team in January 2017. From 2014-16, Luevanos focused his time in training and managing training facilities in Beaumont, Texas, where he served as Director of Baseball Operations for two local baseball training facilities. Luevanos served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Lamar University, under head coach Jim Gilligin during the summer and fall of 2013.
Prior to working as a graduate assistant, Luevanos played for Lamar for two season, garnering All-Southland honorable mention honors as a senior in 2013. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native played for two years at Seminole State after an illustrious high school career at Corpus Christi Carroll where he posted .448 batting average and hit two home runs as senior and batted .420 with four homers as junior.
Luevanos earned a degree in general studies from Lamar in May, 2012.
Scott Shepperd- Assistant Coach
Scott Shepperd joined the University of the Incarnate Word coaching staff prior to the 2017 season. In his first year with the program, Shepperd worked with the pitchers and helped propel the UIW baseball team to a 29-25 overall record and a 13-15 mark in the Southland Conference. This marked the most overall conference wins since becoming Division I and joining the Southland Conference.
In 2016, prior to Shepperd arriving and working with the pitchers, UIW recorded 331 strikeouts. Under his tutelage in 2017, the team recorded 411 strikeouts. Under his guidance, the ERA also improved from 7.41 in 2016 to 4.73 in 2017.
Shepperd joined the Cardinals after five seasons as an assistant at Rice. With the Owls, Shepperd had a host of on-field coaching duties and served as the administrator of the Owls’ Youth Baseball Camps.
A native of Austin, Texas, Shepperd worked with the hitters and outfielders and assisted with the catchers. On game day, he coached at first base.
Shepperd previously served five seasons as a coach at his alma mater, Concordia University in Austin, where he was a four-year baseball letterman. At Concordia his main responsibility was as the team’s hitting coach.
Shepperd was a member of Concordia’s American Southwest Conference West Division Coaching Staff of the Year, as the Tornados were also ranked as high as fourth nationally during the season and finished with a school-record 37 victories (in the program’s NCAA Division III era). All of the regular starting infielders and catcher that Sheppard mentored garnered all-conference postseason honors while leading the Tornados to their second-straight ASC Tournament crown and NCAA West Regional appearance.
All in all, Shepperd has mentored one D3Baseball.com All-American, one All-West Region selection, two ASC West Division Players of the Year, one ASC West Division Freshman of the Year, four All-ASC First Team selection and seven student-athletes who have been honorably mentioned for All-ASC laurels.
Prior to coaching to Concordia, Shepperd served as an assistant at Sam Houston State under head coach Mark Johnson during the 2007-08 academic year. In this position, he helped with the training and development of the infielders, catchers and hitters while also assisting with the playing surface of Don Sanders Stadium. With Shepperd on the staff the Bearkats squad won the Southland Conference Championship and made a second straight NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.
Shepperd started his coaching career at Concordia as a volunteer assistant coach. He served as the first base coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant hitting coach for the 2007 season. He also gained coaching experience as an assistant on the Anchorage Bucs staff in the Alaskan League during the summers of 2007 and 2008.
Before beginning his coaching career, Shepperd lettered with the Tornados for four years (2003-06) as a catcher. He helped the squad advance to the ASC Tournament every year during his playing career. The Tornados posted a 103-62 record and were co-West Division regular-season champions in 2004.
Ryan Aguayo- Assistant Coach
Ryan Aguayo enters his second season with the University of the Incarnate Word baseball team as an assistant coach.
In Aguayo’s role, he works primarily with the infielders and hitters. He is also be heavily involved with recruiting on the offensive side of the ball. Prior to coming to UIW, Aguayo spent two seasons with the Cuesta College Cougars. There, he helped in aiding the Cougars to 19 consecutive postseason playoff berths and two conference championships.
In his first season with the Cardinals, the defense posted the third highest fielding percentage in school history while setting a record for most putouts. They also posted the third most assists in school history. The team completed 24 double plays. On offense, the team improved in both batting averaging and slugging percentage from 2014.
He spent the 2013 and 2014 campaigns as an assistant coach at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. In his Cuesta stint, Aguayo saw over a dozen players earn scholarships to premier schools, most notably, Zack Dominguez to Long Beach State University and Taylor Anderson to Kansas State University.
Aguayo spent four summer seasons with the San Luis Obispo Blues coaching in the California Collegiate League from 2011-14. He was recently named the associate head coach while helping the team win CCL championships in both 2011 and 2012. Aguayo also played with the SLO Blues in the ’08, ’09, ’10 seasons, earning all-league honors twice.
He graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim, California. Aguayo played second base and shortstop for the Servite Friars. He received all-league honors twice and was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2006 Orange County All Star game. Aguayo helped the Friars to a league championship and an 18-7 record his senior year. He played on the USA Youth National team in 2004 and was a drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2006 Amateur Draft.
Aguayo started his collegiate career at California State University, Fullerton. In the 2008-09 season, he transferred to play at Cuesta College. There, he helped the Cougars to a Western State Conference championship title during the 2009 season. He earned first team All-Southern California accolades as well as all-state honors. He was Cuesta’s Most Valuable Player in 2009 and was named Western State Conference Player of the Year. While helping the team to a 24-14 record, Aguayo had a batting average of .401, an on-base percentage of .470, crossed the plate 57 times, and drove in 56 runs.
An All-WAC selection for the New Mexico State Aggies in 2010, Aguayo was also an academic All-WAC selection honoree. In his two years at NMSU, he played in 118 games, compiling a .350 average, 124 runs, 156 hits, 33 doubles, 17 homeruns, and 125 RBI’s. He was a semifinalist nominee for the Brooks Wallace Award. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree of Individualized Studies, with minors in Business Associates, Marketing, and Management.
He is currently finishing up his Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine.
Kirby McGuire has joined the baseball coaching staff for the 2019 season as a graduate assistant in his first season at Incarnate Word.
McGuire graduated from Round Rock High School in 2013 after being named a First Team All District outfielder his junior and senior year and earning First Team All-Centex honors his senior year. In addition to being an All District receiver in football, he capped off his senior year by being named Male Athlete of the Year by RRHS, RRHS Athlete of the Year by the Round Rock Leader and the US Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete.
McGuire played for the University of New Mexico his freshman season on a team that won the Mountain West conference championship. He also earned Academic All-Conference honors and was chosen the Most Valuable Defensive Player by the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in the Northwoods League that summer in 2014.
McGuire played for McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas in 2015 and was an instrumental part of the team that finished up the season as NJCAA Region V Regional Champions and the national runner-up in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, CO. McGuire finished the season batting .386 with 49 RBIs and 19 stolen bases with the Highlanders finishing the season with a 41-20 record. His .443 conference average earned him 2nd team All-Conference honors as well as being named to the NJCAA Region V All Academic Team.
McGuire finished his collegiate career being a two-time letter winner with the University of Missouri in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in 2017 and led the team in hitting in SEC conference play his senior season. After his playing career at Mizzou, he was a volunteer assistant coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO in 2017-18 and will now be pursuing a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership degree while at Incarnate Word along with his baseball duties.