Kyle Knoblauch (pronounced "k-NOB-blow") has now completed two successful seasons as head coach of the MSOE softball team.
Over the last two seasons, the Raiders have won 54 games and qualified for the NACC Tournament each time. They set the program record for wins in a season in 2017 with 29. Last season, the Red & White won 25 games, which is the second-highest win total in program history.
Knoblauch took over the Raiders in 2017 and had an immediate impact on the program, posting an 11.5-game improvement over the year before. MSOE went 29-14 record to break the school record for wins in a season (24) and finished 17-5 in the NACC to tie for second place and qualify for the program's second NACC Tournament.
Knoblauch was named NACC Co-Coach of the Year for his efforts and three players earned All-NACC honors. Emily Snow was the NACC Player of the Year and was tabbed as the program's first All-American when she was selected to the NFCA All-America Second Team.
Knoblauch was a four-year letterwinner on the Bowling Green baseball team, earning all-conference honors on the pitcher’s mound. He got his coaching start in baseball, leading the Blissfield (Mich.) Blue Legion Team in his hometown ahead of his senior year in college, then coaching in college after his final season at BGSU.
Knoblauch came to Wisconsin in 2007 and opened B.A.T.S. Sports Academy in 2010. He branched off into softball in 2011 with the B.A.T.S. Fastpitch team, of which he is the U16 head coach. In 2015, he founded Team Wisconsin Fastpitch and serves as the U16 head coach. Under his guidance, Knoblauch’s B.A.T.S. Academy Fastpitch has become one of the top programs in the Midwest, with over 30 student-athletes earning college scholarships in the last four years.
Since its launch in 2009, B.A.T.S. has become one of Wisconsin’s premier indoor softball and baseball academy for students of all ages. In 2011, the academy expanded to include a premier fastpitch softball travel organization.
Knoblauch had a standout prep career at Blissfield High School, posting a career record of 34-1 with a 1.19 ERA and 401 strikeouts in 258 innings. He earned three all-state awards and was a USA Today All-American as a senior. He was inducted into the BHS Hall of Fame in 2010.
At Bowling Green, he was named the team’s top pitcher twice, while serving as a two-time team captain and earning All-MAC Second-Team honors in 2002. He ranks among the program’s best in innings pitched and strikeouts.
Knoblauch graduated from BGSU with a bachelor’s degree in Planned Program Education in 2005. Knoblauch and his wife, Liz, have two children—daughter Eden and son Henry.