A new era in Bradley Baseball began June 24, 2008 when Elvis Dominguez was introduced as the 15th head coach in the program's 112-year history. Dominguez replaced retired head coach Dewey Kalmer, who held the position the previous 29 years, and became just the fifth Bradley Baseball coach since 1921.
Dominguez, 48, has 21 years of college coaching experience, including seven seasons as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University. During his career, Dominguez has recruited and coached eight players that advanced to the Major Leagues, 22 All-Americans and three Ohio Valley Conference Players of the Year.
Eight of his Eastern Kentucky players were drafted by Major League organizations, including a trio of Colonels selected within the first seven rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Of particular note, 2008 OVC Pitcher of the Year Christian Friedrich was the 25th overall selection by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2008 draft.
Dominguez expects as much of his players off the field as on, as evidenced by his teams' performance in the classroom. In 2008, his Eastern Kentucky squad boasted the top NCAA Academic Progress Rate (960) of any NCAA Division I team in the state of Kentucky and ranked among the 80th percentile of all Division I teams in the nation. In addition, his EKU teams posted at least a 3.0 grade point average in each of his last five years, including a 12-year-best 3.1 mark during the 2007 fall semester.
That kind of academic discipline has followed Dominguez to Bradley, where 46 different players have combined for 108 appearances on the school's Athletic Director's Honor Roll for posting a minimum 3.0 semester grade point average in his first seven semesters with the Braves.
Dominguez begins his 11th year as a collegiate head coach with a 237-294-2 career record, including a 59-95 mark in his first three seasons at Bradley.
Dominguez's journey to Bradley is an amazing example of fulfilling the "Great American Dream." Dominguez was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, but fled the country with his family as a child in settled in Miami. A standout baseball player, Dominguez put his athletic talents to good use by earning a baseball scholarship to Creighton University, helping him become the first member of his family to attend, and ultimately graduate, college. He earned his bachelor's degree from Creighton in secondary education in 1986.
A four-year starter at shortstop for the Bluejays, Dominguez led the team with a .348 batting average as a senior.
Following graduation, Dominguez began his coaching career with the Bluejays in 1986-87 by serving as a graduate assistant for Jim Hendry, who is now the Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago Cubs.
After being promoted to a full-time assistant coach during his second year on the Creighton staff, Dominguez earned his first head-coaching job in 1988 as Omaha Central High School's varsity baseball coach. He returned to Creighton in the fall of 1992 as the Bluejays' top assistant, working as the infield instructor and hitting coach for five seasons (1993-97). Dominguez also served as Creighton's coordinator for recruiting, scheduling and academic advising, while also assisting with budget management and fundraising.
Dominguez left Creighton in the summer of 1997 to join the coaching staff at the University of Iowa, where he again served as the infield and hitting instructor through the 2001 campaign. During his four years with the Hawkeyes, Dominguez also was responsible for scheduling, recruiting and fund-raising. In his role as recruiting coordinator, Dominguez's first class at Iowa produced two All-Americans.
In a similar scenario to his appointment at Bradley, Dominguez replaced longtime Eastern Kentucky head coach Jim Ward in the summer of 2001. He compiled a 178-199-2 overall record in his seven years with the Colonels, but after enduring a 15-40 record in his first season in 2002, Dominguez's teams were 163-159-2 the last six years, including a 2-games-to-1 series win against Bradley March 1-2, 2008. The 2003 Colonels finished second nationally with 131 steals, while his 2004 squad went 34-17, led the nation in batting average (.375) and doubles (137), and finished second nationally with a .551 slugging percentage.
Dominguez previously worked as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers during his high school coaching days from 1989-92 and he coordinated the NCAA YES Camp program during the College World Series from 1992-97.
Dominguez and his wife, Mary Pat, are the parents of three children, Breanne, Brooke and Christian.