Top 10 NCAA Baseball Programs
What are the most popular NCAA baseball programs?
- University of Florida
- Vanderbilt University
- Louisiana State University
- Texas Christian University
- Oregon State University
- University of Arkansas
- Florida State University
- Texas Tech University
- University of Louisville
- Mississippi State University
1. University of Florida
The University of Florida had been the top NCAA Division I college baseball program in the country from 2009 to 2018. During this time, they won 4 SEC regular season conference titles, made an appearance in 10 regionals, moved on to 8 Super Regionals, and played in 7 College World Series. In 2011, they were the national runner-up and in 2017 they won a national championship. They have been a consistent and forceful team since the arrival of head coach Kevin O’Sullivan in 2008. Before his arrival, the Florida Gators had only appeared in 5 College World Series in program history.
2. Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a stellar college baseball program that has been achieving great success under head coach Tim Corbin, especially in the last 5 years. After no success making it to the College World Series for his first 8 seasons, Corbin led his team to 4 College World Series appearances in the last decade with championship titles coming in 2014 and 2019, as runner-up in 2015. They have appeared in the regionals for the last 11 seasons and have advanced to Super Regionals 8 times. They won the Southeastern Conference championship three times between 2011 and 2020.
3. Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University is another powerhouse college baseball program. They have won the SEC conference championship 3 times in the last 11 seasons. They have also played in ten regional championships, winning seven of them. They have advanced to the College World Series 5 times and won one national championship back in 2009. They did appear in the championship series 2017 even though they have not won the series for several years. For several decades, the LSU Tigers have been one of the most skilled and successful programs in the league, and they constantly make it to the postseason play.
4. Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University has won 6 conference championships since 2008. They have appeared in 9 regionals, winning eight of those games to move on to the Super Regionals. Of those Super Regionals, they won 5 games in order to advance to the College World Series. They have won a total of 11 games in the College World Series in their 10 year span, however they have not won a championship or finished as the runner-up in those competitions. They are usually a reliable team during the regular and postseason. The team has been coached by Jim Schlossnagle since 2004 and they have done pretty well since his arrival.
5. Oregon State University
Oregon State University is a fantastic baseball college baseball program that has been consistent for many years. They won the 2018 College World Series and have been extremely successful otherwise for the past decade. Over the last 11 seasons, the Oregon Beavers have won 3 conference championships and appeared in 10 regionals, winning four of them. They have won 3 out of 4 of the Super regionals that they have played in. Until 2018, they had not had ultimate success in the College World Series, but had won a few games here and there. This most recent national championship had come under the leadership of Pat Casey.
6. University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas has made several appearances in the postseason for the past few years. A top baseball school, Arkansas has appeared in 10 regionals in the past 11 year and has won 6 of them. They won 6 Super Regionals and have made several appearances in the College World Series. They were the runner-up in 2018 to Oregon State but have continued to be a strong force in college baseball even with no victories in the College World Series. For the past decade or so, they have had one stellar head coach, Dave Van Horn. He has had great success with this team and is expected to secure them a championship victory in coming years.
7. Florida State University
Florida State University has been ranked as a top baseball school for several decades. Their elite head coach Mike Martin has been with the team for the past 40 years and counting. This team has made regional appearances for the last 11 years and have won two conference championships. They have more often than not won the regionals that they participate in and have appeared in 9 Super Regionals and 4 College World Series. Although they are fairly consistent when entering the postseason, the team tends to be inconsistent with their play after regionals. They have not reached ultimate success in the College World Series, but they are likely to continue being a major threat in college baseball.
8. Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University has been an admirable threat over the past decade or so, and their talent and success have been on the rise. They have only won a few conference titles, but they have appeared in 5 regionals. They have moved on to the Super Regionals 4 times and won to move on to the College World Series each time. They even made it to the semifinals series last season. All of this success has been granted to head coach Tim Tadlock who had been with the team for 7 seasons now. He has been turning this baseball program into a winning entity.
9. University of Louisville
The University of Louisville has had a solid baseball team in recent years. Coach Dan McDonnell has been around for about 12 years and has brought the program to a higher level since his instatement. They have won more conference titles than anyone on the list in recent years and have appeared in 10 regionals, winning 7 of them. They also won 4 of the 7 Super Regionals they have been in, and appeared in the College World Series 4 times in the last decade or so. Once making it to the biggest stage in college baseball, they have not found ultimate success. Their consistency in regular and postseason games is likely to win them a title in coming years.
10. Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University is one of the truly elite programs in college baseball. In recent years, they have won an SEC title and made appearances in 8 regionals during the last 11 seasons. They have won 6 of their regionals and 3 of the Super Regional titles. They have been fairly successful in the College World Series making it to the championship series in 2013 and the semifinal series in 2018. In the last 11 seasons, they have had 4 different head coaches, which may be contributing to their inability to come out as ultimate victors thus far.