Bobby Segal, who has been involved with college and/or professional baseball every year since 2003, is in his fifth season as hitting coach for the Evansville Otters and sixth campaign as part of an independent league field staff. Segal previously spent nine spring seasons and four summer campaigns coaching all levels of college baseball.
Prior to 2020, Segal had helped 18 teams to a 795-466 (.630) overall record. His five professional clubs had posted a 286-223 (.562) record, while his 13 college squads registered a 509-243 (.677) mark. Segal has seen 17 of his 18 teams tally a winning record, while all nine of his summer clubs finished in the top two of their respective divisions.
Segal has helped all five of his independent league teams to postseason berths. Evansville captured the 2016 Frontier League championship and has advanced to the playoffs each of the last three seasons. The Gary (Ind.) SouthShore RailCats claimed the 2013 American Association title when Segal was their hitting and third base coach.
With Segal in the dugout, the Otters have turned in regular season records of 57-39 (.594), 51-45 (.531), 52-44 (.542) and 55-40 (.579). He was named the Darren Bush Frontier League Coach of the Year following the 2017 season in Evansville. In Segal’s lone campaign in Northwest Indiana, the RailCats finished regular season action 58-41 (.611).
In five previous seasons as an independent-league instructor, Segal has seen 19 players move up to teams affiliated with Major League Baseball organizations.
Segal saw 94 players advance from junior college to four-year institutions. The figure includes 66 Division I players, with many of the nation’s top conferences represented. In addition, 74 of his college players went on to sign professional contracts.
Before arriving in Evansville, Segal logged time with five regular season collegiate programs in five different states. Seven of his nine teams enjoyed national rankings, while six earned berths in national postseason tournaments.
Segal served as the top assistant, recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and third base coach at Wabash Valley College (Ill.) from 2013-16. The 35-year-old was the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at Tarleton State University (Texas) in 2012. He worked with infielders, hitters and coached first base at Iowa Western College in 2011.
The Indianapolis native worked with catchers, hitters and coached first base at Butler University in 2010. He spent the 2008 and 2009 campaigns as a graduate assistant at Union College (Ky.).
Prior to joining the Otters, Segal also spent four summers mentoring players in collegiate wood-bat leagues. He managed the 2014 and 2015 Terre Haute (Ind.) Rex after serving as the hitting coach and catching instructor for the same organization in 2012. He started 2010 as the top assistant for the North Adams (Mass.) SteepleCats and finished the summer managing the
A catcher at Indiana University from 2003-06, Segal was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from IU in 2006 and master’s degree in health and physical education from Union in 2009.
Segal is married to the former Rachel Harvey. The couple has two sons, Asher and Jacob, and one daughter, Lillian.