Ray Aguirre is in his third season as Blue Dragon Softball’s pitching coach.
Aguirre’s first season with the Blue Dragons was highly successful as Hutchinson posted the top team ERA in the Jayhawk East in 2017 at 2.81. That’s the first time in team history the Blue Dragons led the league in team ERA. Aquirre’s pitching staff was a big part of Hutchinson advancing to the Region VI Tournament championship game for a second-straight season. The 2018 Blue Dragons finished 38-11 and No. 15 in the country.
Moving up to NJCAA Division I in 2019, the Blue Dragons went 26-16 posited a solid 3.87 ERA with 16 complete games and seven shutouts.
D.J. Cannon, who moved onto Missouri-Kansas City after the 2017 season, is Aguirre’s first all-conference pitcher with the Blue Dragons.
Before coming to Hutchinson, Aguirre was the pitching coach for Friends University in Wichita for 11 seasons.
Under Aguirre, the Falcons had one of the best earned run averages over the last nine years at the NAIA level, increasing win totals along with strikeouts and reducing walks. In 2008 and 2009, Friends had an ERA in the top-10 in the nation.
Aguirre has a passion is for fastpitch softball. Growing up, he played all positions, but mostly pitcher and infield, playing semi-pro for several teams in and around the Wichita area. His love of the game eventually led him to coaching.
Aguirre’s career started as the head coach at Augusta High School in 2000. He remained at Augusta for 13 seasons. In his first season, the Orioles were Kansas Class 4A state champions. His teams also earned 4A state runners-up 2005 and another state championship in 2006.
Aguirre also served as the head bowling coach at Augusta in 2006, winning the AVCTL title and regional championship before finishing fourth at state in his first season.
His daughter, Rachael, won the 5-1A individual state championship with a 701 series.
Aguirre brings 41 years of pitching experience to the Blue Dragons as both a player and coach. His coaching philosophy is not to change what you are comfortable with, but to tweak the approach that works best for you.
Aguirre and his wife, Barbie have several kids: daughter, Shonda, her children, Brodie, Rayna, and Zarah; son, Mike and his son Preston, daughter Rachael and her fiancé, Eric, and her son, Jaxon.