Head Coach Eric Madsen
IEric Madsen is entering his seventh season at the helm of the Wolverine baseball program and has amassed a record of 193-146 (.564) during his tenure.
During a three-year span from 2010-12, Madsen led the Wolverines to 123 wins against just 51 losses, for an impressive .707 winning percentage. Those seasons also brought three consecutive Great West Conference regular season and tournament championships.
The 2012 season was one for the storybooks for Utah Valley, with a record of 47-12 - including a 32-game winning streak - the school received national attention for the program's unprecedented success. Madsen's club the nation in winning percentage (.797) and had the best team batting average (.350) in the country for the second time in three seasons. UVU also led the nation in runs per game (9.02), runs (532) and slugging percentage (.523).
The 2012 season also included the 32 straight victories, two shy of matching the NCAA record, one of which was over eventual national champion Arizona. For the third straight season, Madsen's club produced at least one All-American with three players receiving the honors in 2012. Goose Kallunki was the first UVU athlete to receive first-team All-American honors with both Billy Burgess and Austin Heaps received third-team recognition. Kallunki received the first-team honors from four different publications, including the National College Baseball Writers Association, which also named the Orem native one of three finalists nationally for the Dick Howser Trophy, regarded as the Heisman Trophy of college baseball. Kallunki was also a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, the District VIII Player of the Year, the Great West Conference Player of the Year and the national leader with 86 RBIs.
Madsen collected his third straight Coach of the Year award in 2012, matching the titles he won in 2011 and 2010, when the Wolverines initially established a school record with 42 wins. The 2011 club went 34-22 and for produced an All-American in senior outfielder Chris Benson. The Wolverines lost just two games in the Great West Conference, going 22-2 before winning four straight games to win the year-end tournament.
Madsen was also named the Great West Coach of the Year after finishing the 2010 regular season with a 26-2 record and leading his team to five four-game sweeps in conference. In 2010, Utah Valley finished as the nation's team batting champion, hitting .372 as a club.
The Wolverines also led all Division I teams in doubles (188), doubles per game (3.19), hits (840), on-base plus slugging percentage (1.029). UVU finished second in the nation in three categories; runs (611), RBIs (553) and runs per game (10.4) and were top five in three other categories.
Madsen has produced 38 all-conference players; 21 first team and 17 second team as well as the Player of the Year in 2010 (Brinkerhoff), the Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year in 2011 (Jeremy Gendlek) and the Player of the Year in 2012 (Kallunki).
Prior to taking over as head coach, Madsen coached for five seasons as an assistant under Steve Gardner and has been a part of the program since the school's first season of NCAA Division I competition in 2003. As an assistant at Utah Valley, Madsen tutored Kam Mickolio, who was drafted in the 18th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2006. Mickolio became UVU's first player to play Major League Baseball when he made his debut on August 20, 2008 for the Baltimore Orioles. Mickolio, who was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization in 2011 is now playing in Japan for the Rakuten Eagles. Madsen also coached former Wolverine Justin Smith, a 36th-round pick in 2009 by the St. Louis Cardinals, during his first season at Utah Valley.
Madsen spent seven years (1996-2003) as the head coach at the College of Eastern Utah, in Price, Utah, amassing a 146-160 record. While there he coached former MLB pitcher Willie Eyre, who was a junior college All-American while playing for Madsen. He also coached at CEU with current UVU assistant Dave Carter from 1996-99. While at Eastern Utah, he directed the Golden Eagles to a 146-160 overall record. His Eastern Utah teams competed every year in what is considered to be one of the best Junior College conferences in the nation.
Madsen spent two years (1994-1996) as an assistant at Eastern Utah before taking over the helm in 1996. Madsen was also an assistant coach for the Zion Pioneerz, a former professional independent baseball club in St. George, Utah. Madsen's played collegiately at both Eastern Utah, from 1990-92, and at Southern Utah University, from 1993-95. He later received his Bachelor's degree from Bellevue University.
Madsen had an outstanding playing career at both Eastern Utah from 1990-92 and at Southern Utah University from 1993-95. At Eastern Utah he was named the Golden Eagle Player of the Year in 1992. He received his Bachelor's degree from Bellevue.
A graduate of Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Madsen lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. As a standout pitcher and infielder he was a three-year starter, two-time All-City selection and was named Athlete of the Year as a senior. Madsen and his wife Jessica have five sons, Mick, Maddux, McGwire, Mays and Murphy and one daughter, Macee.
Associate Head Coach Dave Carter
Associate head coach Dave Carter has been instrumental to Utah Valley's success since his return to Orem in 2008. He is entering his fifth season at Utah Valley in 2013 after a five-year stint at the College of Southern Idaho. Prior to that, Carter coached at Utah Valley from 2000 to 2003 under former head coach Steve Gardner. He also coached with current UVU head coach Eric Madsen at the College of Eastern Utah from 1996-99.
Carter handles recruiting duties and the pitching staff at UVU, and has been key in the program's rapid growth in both areas. In his first three seasons, Carter has helped to improve the overall team ERA by nearly four full points including a school-record 4.74 ERA in 2011. The '11 staff also set school records for opponent batting average (.292) and with seven shutouts while improving the club's walk-to-strikeout ratio in hitter-friendly Brent Brown Ballpark.
His first full recruiting class included 2011 Great West Conference Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year Jeremy Gendlek, who himself set a school record with a 1.71 ERA in 2011. The top three season ERAs in school history come from the 2011 staff.
Carter began his coaching career in 1994, as a graduate assistant at Southern Utah University before spending two seasons at Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, Idaho. From there he went to Eastern Utah to coach alongside Madsen before assisting Gardner for four seasons.
During his coaching career, Carter has coached several players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including former MLB pitchers Willie Eyre and Brandon Duckworth. He also coached 2010 draft pick and former Wolverine Justin Smith, who spent time in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Carter was born in Logan, Utah and graduated from Blackfoot High School in Idaho where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He played collegiately at Southern Idaho from 1986-87 and helped pitch the Golden Eagles to a fourth place finish at the Junior College World Series as a freshman. He finished his college playing career at UNLV where he was part of a team that made it to the NCAA Regionals in each of his seasons in Las Vegas.
After college Carter signed to play professionally in the Montreal Expos organization. He played for Gate City (Pocatello, Idaho) in the Pioneer League in 1990 and the Erie Sailors in the New York Penn League in 1991. Carter has an associate's degree from Southern Idaho and a bachelor's degree in physical education from Southern Utah. Carter and his wife Shelby have one daughter, Abby, and one son, Cache.
Assistant Coach Derek Amicone
Utah Valley University baseball coach Eric Madsen announced the promotion of Derek Amicone to assistant coach on July 15, 2015. He served as the Wolverines' volunteer assistant during the 2015 season and oversaw camps and the infielders and now adds recruiting to his list of responsibilities.
Amicone played at UVU for Madsen for three seasons prior to beginning his coaching career. He replaces Cooper Fouts, who returned to Pepperdine University as an assistant coach.
Prior to returning to Orem, Amicone was an administrative assistant at the University of Oregon for the 2014 season.
Amicone played at UVU from 2009-11 and was a part of two Great West Conference regular season and tournament championship teams. In 2010, a season highlighted by UVU's NCAA team batting title with a .372 average, Amicone batted .352 with eight doubles.
After his playing career ended due to a back injury, Amicone spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons at the University of Utah as a student assistant coach. There he was a part of the program's first two years as members of the Pac-12. In the summer of 2012 he served as a coaching intern with the Los Angeles Angels and was assigned to the team's triple-A affiliate Salt Lake, where he was the team's first base coach, among other responsibilities.
At Oregon he took on many roles including assisting in the day-to-day operations of the baseball program. While with the Ducks the team achieved the program's highest ranking, reaching No. 2 in the ESPN Coaches Poll at one point during the season. Amicone also worked as an instructor in the PE department at Oregon.
Amicone received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Utah in 2013. He comes from an athletic family; his mom, Mary Kay, is the head softball coach at Weber State University while his dad is the general manager for the Salt Lake Bees. His brother, Trevor, is the head baseball coach at Woods Cross High School.