Batesole in 2017 at Falcon Baseball Field.
|Born||March 28, 1964|
|Alma mater||California State University, Fullerton|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1986-1987||Orange Coast (asst.)|
|1991||Orange Coast (asst.)|
|1994-1995||Cal State Northridge (asst.)|
|1996-2002||Cal State Northrdge|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Michael Harold Batesole (born March 28, 1964) is the head baseball coach of the Fresno State Bulldogs baseball team. In 16 seasons as head coach, he has compiled a 543-425 record, as of the end of the 2018 season. He previously coached at Cal State Northridge from 1996 to 2002.
Born in Anaheim, California, Batesole graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1982 and began his college baseball career at Oral Roberts University. At Oral Roberts, Batesole started at third base from 1983 to 1985 and finished with a .285 batting average, 31 home runs, and 148 runs batted in.
From 1985 to 1988, Batesole played minor league baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. In 1990, Batesole completed his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. He later completed a master's degree in biomechanics from the same university. During his graduate studies, Batesole was an instructor in the Health and Physical Education Department.
From 1986 to 1987 and again in 1991, Batesole was an assistant coach at Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa, California. After completing his master's degree, Batesole was an assistant coach at another Southern California junior college in the 1993 season, Cypress College.
Following the resignation of Kernen in August 1995, Cal State Northridge promoted Batesole to interim head coach. Batesole led Cal State Northridge to a 52-18 record, NCAA Regionals runner-up appearance, and first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) title in school history in his debut season of 1996. Cal State Northridge promoted Batesole long-term as head coach in July 1996.
Batesole led Cal State Northridge through its transition out of the WAC to independence (1997 to 2000) to the Big West Conference in 2001. In its first year of independence in 1997, Cal State Northridge went 42-20-1. After leading a team largely consisting of freshmen and junior college transfers to a 37-19 record in 1998, Batesole earned National Coach of the Year honors from Collegiate Baseball.
The Big West Coach of the Year in 2002, Batesole reached his 250th career win that season and led Cal State Northridge to a 41-17 season, its first Big West title, as well as an NCAA Regionals appearance. In seven seasons from 1996 to 2002, Batesole led Cal State Northridge to a cumulative 256-158-1 record, the second most wins for a head coach in program history.
Batesole led Fresno State to six WAC Tournament titles: four straight from 2006 to 2009 and two more in 2011 and 2012, in addition to five WAC regular season titles: three straight from 2006 to 2008 and two more from 2010 to 2011. Fresno State moved from the WAC to Mountain West Conference (MW) beginning in the 2013 season. In 2016, Fresno State won the MW regular season title for its first championship in that conference, for which Batesole won MW Coach of the Year honors.
In 2008, he coached Fresno State to their first College World Series appearance in seventeen years by defeating #3 Arizona State, and then defeating #6 Rice University, #2 University of North Carolina to advance to the championship, and then defeating #8 University of Georgia in the final two games in a best two-out-of-three championship series winning 19-10 in the second game, and 6-1 in the third game to win Fresno State their first NCAA Men's Championship.
|Cal State Northridge Matadors (Western Athletic Conference) (1996-1996)|
|1996||Cal State Northridge||52-18||21-9||1st (West)||NCAA Regional|
|Cal State Northridge Matadors (NCAA Division I independent) (1997-2000)|
|1997||Cal State Northridge||42-20-1|
|1998||Cal State Northridge||37-19|
|1999||Cal State Northridge||27-29|
|2000||Cal State Northridge||23-33|
|Cal State Northridge Matadors (Big West Conference) (2001-2002)|
|2001||Cal State Northridge||34-22||9-9||4th|
|2002||Cal State Northridge||41-17||19-5||1st||NCAA Regional|
|Cal State Northridge:||256-158-1 (.618)||49-23 (.681)|
|Fresno State Bulldogs (Western Athletic Conference) (2003-2012)|
|2006||Fresno State||45-18||18-6||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2007||Fresno State||38-29||17-7||1st||NCAA Regional|
|2008||Fresno State||47-31||21-11||1st||College World Series Champions|
|2009||Fresno State||32-30||12-12||T-3rd||NCAA Regional|
|2011||Fresno State||40-16||17-7||T-1st||NCAA Regional|
|2012||Fresno State||31-28||8-10||5th||NCAA Regional|
|Fresno State Bulldogs (Mountain West Conference) (2013-present)|
|2019||Fresno State||38-14-1||20-8-1||1st||NCAA Regional|
|Fresno State:||543-425 (.561)||252-186 (.575)|
Postseason invitational champion