New Morehead State baseball head coach Mik Aoki has completed his staff with the additions of Shane Conlon and Robert Youngdahl as assistant coaches and Thomas Hughes as the volunteer assistant.
All three are on campus and ready for the 2019 fall season and 2020 competition season.
Conlon, a four-year player and two-time graduate of Kansas State, helped lead the Wildcats to the program's first-ever NCAA Super Regional berth in 2013. He has served as KSU's volunteer assistant from 2015-19.
In 2019, Kansas State hit 54 home runs, their highest single-season output since 2009.
Conlon helped K-State to a 29-26 overall record in 2017, its first winning season since the 2013 season. Conlon helped guide the Wildcats to victories over No. 4 South Carolina and No. 6 Texas Tech. He also saw six Wildcats taken in the MLB Draft in his time there.
Conlon posted a .300 career collegiate batting average and became the 18th Wildcat in program history to record at least 200 hits while also being just one of two Wildcats since 1997 to be named First-Team All-Big 12 twice. He was a unanimous selection in 2015.
Conlon began K-State's successful 2013 season with a 15-game hitting streak on his way to posting career highs in every major statistical category that season, while finishing second in the Big 12 with 56 runs scored and third with 125 total bases. His seven home runs tied for the team lead while posting 25 multi-hit games and leading the Wildcats to a game away from the College World Series.
A native of Naperville, Ill., Conlon was selected in the 21st round of the MLB first-year player draft by the Kansas City Royals in the 2013 but elected to return to K-State. After his collegiate career finished, he was selected by the Oakland A's in the 34th round of the 2015 MLB draft and spent a season with the A's rookie league affiliate in Arizona. In the minor leagues, Conlon recorded a .327 average.
He earned a Bachelor's degree in social sciences in 2014 and a Master's degree in student development in 2018.
Youngdahl came to Morehead State with Aoki after serving as the volunteer assistant at Notre Dame since the fall of 2015. He played for the Irish in 2014 and 2015.
As a coach he mentored his first All-ACC selection in 2017, when sophomore center-fielder Matt Vierling was selected to the third team. That followed a rookie campaign in 2016 which saw Vierling earn Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors.
Youngdahl, who earned a Bachelor's degree in economics from ND in 2015, finished up his two-year Irish career in that same year. After transferring from Iowa Western Junior College in the fall of 2013, the New Brighton, Minn., native overcame an up-and-down 2014 campaign to produce a standout senior season.
He started 59 games and appeared in all 60 contests in 2015, hitting .290 with 20 doubles, seven homers, 46 RBI, 18 walks, seven stolen bases and 35 runs to earn Third Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. For his career Youngdahl earned two Monograms and had a slash line of .263/.430/.322 with 109 hits, 27 doubles, six triples, 10 homers, 63 RBI, 32 walks, 10 stolen bases and 54 runs scored. Youngdahl also doubled as a lefty pitcher and tallied a 1-1 mark and a 1.80 ERA.
Hughes, the son of current Kansas State head coach Pete Hughes, played three seasons at Oklahoma before finishing his playing career at Kansas State as a graduate transfer.
Hughes earned his Bachelor's degree in administrative leadership from Oklahoma in 2018. He then pursued a graduate degree in academic advising at K-State.
In his lone season for Kansas State, Hughes' keen eye led to a team-high 45 walks, the most for a Wildcat since 2012. He also finished third on the team in on-base percentage.
His Oklahoma career saw him be named to the 2018 Tallahassee (Fla.) All-Regional Team. He helped guide the Sooners to two NCAA regionals and a regional title game one season.