Head Coach | Justin Salge
Hometown: Aransas Pass, TX
High School: Aransas Pass High School
Alma Mater: San Antonio College, A.A., 2016; Stephen F. Austin State University, B.A., 2016; Midwestern State University, M.Ed., 2019
Hired as the Head Baseball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator in September of 2019, Justin Salge begins laying the foundation for North American University. As a new program, with practices and scrimmages beginning in the fall of 2020, North American University seeks to be an NAIA program, that will compete in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Before being hired at North American, Salge was briefly on the coaching staff as the Director of Baseball Operations at Menlo College, in the late summer of 2019. During his time at Menlo, he worked with hitters and position players, along with serving as a recruiting assistant.
Prior to arriving at Menlo, Salge was hired as the Associate Head Baseball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Houston Community College in 2016. Before being elevated to the Head Coach role in the summer of 2017, he was named “Assistant Coach of the Year,” by HCC’s Athletic Administration. As the youngest head baseball coach in school history, Salge led his team to an undefeated conference championship, regional championship game, and set a myriad of program records which include batting average, on base percentage, and wins in a single season, while finishing as the fifteenth best team in the country.
Along with coaching, Salge also birddog scouts for the Tampa Bay Rays, under the direction of his former college coach. He has also taught private lessons, since 2006.
Salge earned his Master of Education from Midwestern State University, in August 2019. Before earning his Master’s Degree, he earned his Bachelor of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University, and his Associate of Arts from San Antonio College.
Salge’s collegiate varsity playing career was cut short by an abundance of arm injuries, which resulted in him being a player/coach for the club team for two seasons at SFA. Prior to SFA, Salge played one season for San Antonio College, where he earned the academic honor of “President’s List,” was a Team Captain, compiled a .313 batting average and .353 on base percentage, and drove in two runs, before suffering the arm injury that ultimately ended his playing career. Salge is a graduate of Aransas Pass High School (TX), where he was a standout four-year baseball letterman, and also earned the title of Team Captain. He “received votes” for the All South Texas Team (2008-2010), earned “All-District” (2008-2010), and was a multiple “All-Tournament” selection, throughout his four-year career.
In his free time, Salge enjoys playing poker, video games, attending music concerts, and sporting events. He is an active member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and an advocate for mental health awareness in athletics, along with higher education. Salge plans to earn a doctoral degree in education or sports psychology.