Austin Tribby | Assistant Coach
Austin Tribby joined the McKendree University baseball coaching staff in July 2019. Tribby will serve as the Bearcats' pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Tribby came to McKendree after spending two years as a graduate assistant pitching coach at the University of Missouri. As an aide to Missouri pitching coach Fred Corral, Tribby helped the Tigers tie for second among all Southeastern Conference squads in team earned-run average at 3.24 Missouri allowed an SEC-low 183 earned runs. The Tigers claimed back-to-back seasons of 34 victories with Tribby on staff.
No stranger to the Missouri baseball program, Tribby was a three-year letterman for the Tigers as a left-handed pitcher. He registered back-to-back seasons with 31 appearances out of the Missouri bullpen in 2014 and 2015, and currently ranks fifth in program history by pitching in 91 games.
Following his playing days at Missouri, Tribby was a 35th round selection by the Minnesota Twins in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. He pitched that summer for the Elizabethton Twins of the rookie-level Appalachian League. In 16 games, Tribby posted a perfect 5-0 record with 30 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings of work.
Before arriving at Missouri, Tribby was a standout at Springfield Catholic High School in Missouri, where he was a two-way threat as a senior. Tribby went 10-0 on the mound with a 0.55 ERA and 104 strikeouts while posting a .340 batting average with four home runs and 38 RBI at the plate.
Tim Gurnow | Assistant Coach
The McKendree University baseball programs welcomes a new addition to its coaching staff, Tim Gurnow. Gurnow will be the acting graduate assistant in the start of the 2020 season.
Gurnow, a Festus, MO. native, was a No. 30 ranked prospect in the state of Missouri going into his collegiate career. He attended Southwest Baptist University before transferring to Hannibal - LaGrange University (HLGU) in 2016. As a Trojan, he was honored with the All-Conference Catcher award.
After graduating, Gurnow worked at Blackburn College on their baseball coaching staff as the hitting and catching coach. For the 2019 season, the Beavers finished 9-31. He also continued to coach private instructions for 14U at the St. Louis Recruits Baseball Club, which he has for the past four years. He was the catching coordinator of the Elite Catching Development that trains catchers in game-like situations to ensure they are prepared for every time they step onto the diamond.
Gurnow graduated from HLGU in 2018, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport and Recreation management.