Pitching coach Bobby Applegate, now in his seventh full season, returns to the Cougar fold after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy (1998-2001). He led the Academy to more Division I victories then ever before in its history in 2002. In 2002-2003, he worked as an associate scout with the Kansas City Royals and as an instructor in the Academy P.E. Department. He also was an assistant coach with the Falcon boxing team, helping them to their fifth straight NCAA Boxing Championship.In 2005, three of BYU's pitchers were drafted and in 2004 another Cougar pitcher was drafted in the top 10 rounds. Applegate is a 1996 graduate of the University of Southern Colorado with a degree in kinesiology. He was inducted into the USC Diamond of Fame in 1999.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Applegate played two seasons (1991-92, 1992-93) at Southwestern Community College in San Diego. He then transferred to Southern Colorado where he pitched in 1993-94. In 1994, Applegate was named the Colorado Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and in 1995 was named to the All-Mile High Intercollegiate team. He threw a two-hitter in 1995 in a 10-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico. In 1994 he set a USC record with 16 games started in one season.
He spent the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons at USC as the pitching coach and helped lead the team to the NCAA Division II College World Series. In the summer of 1995, Applegate pitched with the Pueblo Bighorns professional baseball club of the Texas-Louisiana league.
Following his coaching stint at USC, Applegate was a player- coach for the Tri-City Posse in Pasco, Wash., of the Western Baseball League in 1998.
Applegate left the Posse to join the coaching staff at BYU. As a graduate/volunteer assistant he worked with the Cougars from Aug.-Dec. 1998.
Family: Applegate is married to Kristy Palmquist and they have a son, Nolan.