Adam Revelette, a Lexington native and former University of Kentucky pitcher, joined the coaching staff during the summer of 2015.
Eastern’s pitching staff continued to make strides in 2017. Under Revelette’s guidance, the staff set a new program record with 447 strikeouts. For the second straight year, the pitchers helped EKU allow the fewest stolen bases in the Ohio Valley Conference.
The staff combined to toss three shutouts against NCAA Division I teams in 2017, the first time that has happened since 2000. Lefthander Jack Piekos was chosen as the OVC Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 6 after his 10 strikeout win against Youngstown State. It marked the first time a Colonel was chosen as the weekly top pitcher since 2013.
Revelette’s hurlers also helped the team accomplish two things that had never been done before in program history. For the first time, EKU swept three-game series against non-conference opponents on back-to-back weekends. Eastern also won three non-conference, three-game weekend series for the first time in program history.
“As a Kentucky native, I could not be more excited about the opportunity to return home and coach Division I baseball.”
Revelette made an immediate impact on pitching staff during his first season with the Colonels in 2016. Eastern was one of only two teams in the country to lose 230-plus innings from the previous season and lower its overall ERA more than 1.25 points. EKU’s team ERA of 5.62 was among the top four in the OVC and the program’s best since the 2012 season. Eastern’s pitching staff ranked third in the OVC in home runs allowed, fourth in runs allowed and fourth in opposing batting average.
The pitching improvement helped Eastern Kentucky beat two nationally ranked teams in 2016, No. 13 Mississippi State and No. 28 Kentucky. The Colonels were the only team in the OVC to beat two Power 5 conference teams.
Revelette’s pitching staff helped control the opposition’s running game in 2016. EKU allowed just 39 stolen bases, the fewest in the OVC. Eastern Kentucky opponents were successful on just 63.9 percent of their stolen base attempts, the lowest percentage in the league. Runners attempted to steal just 61 times, second fewest in the conference.
Revelette’s work with the bullpen helped EKU stay ahead in the final three innings of games. Eastern was 20-1 when leading after six innings in 2016.
“We are thrilled to have Adam as our pitching coach,” EKU Head Coach Edwin Thompson said. “Having grown up in Kentucky, played high school and college baseball in Kentucky, as well as coached in the Richmond area he is a huge asset in our goal to recruit the best players in our backyard. His experience as a former professional pitcher and a pitching coach from a Power 5 conference benefits our current players and will help attract recruits that want to move on to play professional baseball.”
Revelette spent three seasons (2013-15) at Baylor University as a volunteer assistant. He joined the Bears as the director of operations before spending the 2014 season as the hitting and outfield coach. The former Wildcat hurler took on a new role as the team’s pitching coach before the 2015 season.
Under Revelette’s guidance all but one Baylor pitcher, with more than 16 innings pitched the year before, improved their ERA in 2015. The Bears were also a Big 12-best, and among the nation’s leaders, in holding baserunners. In 55 games opponents were just 26-for-45 in stolen base attempts.
In his three seasons at Baylor, Revelette worked with 17 All-Big 12 performers, 35 academic all-conference honorees and nine players who moved on to professional baseball. He also tutored outfielder Logan Brown who won Baylor’s first-ever Rawlings Gold Glove.
Revelette spent two seasons (2011 and 2012) as an assistant coach at Transylvania University before moving to Baylor. In addition to his duties at Transylvania, Revelette also spent three summers (2010 to 2012) as the general manager and assistant coach of the Lexington Hustlers in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. He coached nine future Major League Baseball draft picks and 11 league all-stars while working with the Hustlers.
Revelette is also the editor of Inside Pitch Magazine. He is responsible for writing, editing, planning and production of the quarterly publication, which focuses on providing cutting-edge information about the game of baseball.
“Adam is well respected in baseball circles and has an outstanding reputation as a pitching coach and recruiter,” said Thompson.
Revelette began his collegiate playing career at Dayton before transferring to Kentucky for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He was a senior on the UK team that won the school’s first Southeastern Conference Championship.
Following his collegiate career, Revelette signed with the Minnesota Twins and played four seasons of professional baseball.
Revelette earned a communications degree from Kentucky in 2007 and earned a master’s of business administration in applied management from Indiana Wesleyan in 2013. He is a 2002 graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and is married to the former Maggie Etheredge of Bardstown, Kentucky.
What Others Are Saying About Adam Revelette
“Adam Revelette is an outstanding young coach. His creativity, intelligence, and knowledge of the game will serve him well. Coach Thompson and EKU just made a great hire.”
John Cohen, Head Baseball Coach, Mississippi State University
“Adam Revelette has the energy, experience and character needed to help coach Thompson and the EKU baseball program in their pursuit of being a consistent contender for the league title each year.”
Keith Madison, American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer and Former Head Coach, University of Kentucky
“I’m very excited for Adam. He is an exceptional coach who will do a great job at Eastern Kentucky. His combination of experiences both as a player and a coach have equipped him to be an outstanding instructor. As good a coach as he is, he’s a better person.”
Steve Smith, former Head Baseball Coach, Baylor University