Brady Wiederhold worked for four seasons (2003-2006) as the LSU baseball program’s pitching coach. He was promoted to pitching coach in the summer of 2002 after serving one season as the Tigers’ administrative assistant.
Wiederhold in 2005 supervised the development of all-America left-hander Greg Smith, a first-team all-SEC selection chosen in the sixth round of the major league draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Smith was 10-3 with a 2.60 ERA in ’05, and he fired 28.2 consecutive scoreless innings during four starts late in the regular season. The scoreless innings streak was the longest by an LSU pitcher since 1989, when Golden Spikes Award winner Ben McDonald threw 44.2 straight scoreless frames.
For three seasons, Wiederhold tutored left-hander Clay Dirks, a 2004 first-team Freshman all-American and a 2005 all-SEC selection. Dirks won 10 games in ’05, including a brilliant three-hit shutout at Arkansas.
Under Wiederhold’s direction, LSU in 2004 fired three consecutive complete games for the first time in modern-day school history. Lane Mestepey (SEC Tournament), Justin Meier (NCAA Regional opener) and Nate Bumstead (NCAA Regional semifinal) each went the distance in their respective starts. Bumstead, who won 10 games in ’04, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers.
In 2003, Wiederhold supervised an LSU pitching staff that led the SEC in strikeouts with 515. He tutored Bumstead — who earned all-SEC honors — and Freshman all-America selections Jason Determann and Justin Meier. Wiederhold also worked with four 2003 MLB draft selections: Billy Sadler, Brian Wilson, Jake Tompkins and Bo Pettit.
Prior to coming to LSU, Wiederhold worked two seasons as the pitching coach at Louisiana-Monroe. He was Smoke Laval’s pitching coach in 2000, when the Indians advanced to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, and he served in 2001 under coach Brad Holland.
Wiederhold in 2000 directed the ULM pitching staff to a Top 15 national ranking in team ERA, and the Indians’ top three pitchers — Kevin Orga, Kenny Holubec and Mike Wombacher — combined to form the nation’s fifth-best rotation. Under Wiederhold, ULM in 2000 set the school’s single-season strikeout mark en route to a school-record 41 wins.
Prior to his tenure at ULM, Wiederhold worked four seasons as the pitching coach at Kennesaw (Ga.) State. During Wiederhold’s tenure at Kennesaw State, the Owls appeared in four Division II College World Series. KSU won the 1996 national title and were runners-up in 1998 and 1999. Wiederhold’s KSU pitching staffs led the nation in ERA in 1997 and 1998.
Prior to his stint at KSU, Wiederhold spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. During his stay at Oglethorpe, the Stormy Petrels went 46-28 overall (.622 winning percentage) with a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Eastern Division title in 1994.
Wiederhold was a four-year letterman at Kennesaw State from 1990-93. The former catcher was named the squad’s top defensive player as a senior and was selected to the 1990 Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all-Freshman team.
Wiederhold earned his bachelor’s of science in sports management from Kennesaw State in 1994. A native of Columbus, Ga., he is married to the former Aimee Wooster, and they have a one son, Dalton, and one daughter, Daira.
Birthdate: November 21, 1970
Hometown: Columbus, Ga.
Children: Dalton, Daira
Bachelors: Kennesaw (Ga.) State (1994)
1994-95 Oglethorpe (asst. coach)
1996-99 Kennesaw State (asst. coach/pitching)
2000-01 Louisiana-Monroe (asst. coach/pitching)
2002 LSU (administrative asst.)
2003-06 LSU (asst. coach/pitching)