Derek Lilliquist is in his 16th year with the Cardinals organization, his seventh as a member of the Major League coaching staff and sixth season in his current role as Pitching Coach. He served as the team's bullpen coach in 2011, and took over the pitching coach duties in August 2012 after Dave Duncan took a leave of absence.
In 2015, the Cardinals pitching staff led the majors with a 2.94 ERA, the team's lowest mark since 1969 and the lowest in the majors since 1988. In 2014, the staff fired a Major League-leading 23 shutouts, the most by a Cardinals team since the mound was lowered after the 1968 season when the Cardinals pitchers hurled 30 shutouts.
"Lilly" served as the Jupiter Complex pitching coordinator from 2008-2010, working with rehabilitating pitchers, and from 2004-07 he served as the pitching coach for Palm Beach (A). Palm Beach made the playoffs twice in that span and won the 2005 Florida State League Championship as the pitching staff registered the second best ERA (3.94) in the FSL.
Lilliquist initiated his career with the Cardinals at rookie level Johnson City in 2002, then moved on to Peoria in 2003. Before joining the Cardinals, Lilliquist was a high school baseball coach at Vero Beach (Fla.) High School from 1998 to 2001.
The former lefthanded starter-turned-reliever spent five-plus years in the Major Leagues, recording 25 victories. In 1992 while with Cleveland, Lilliquist made 71 appearances, going 5-3 with a 1.75 ERA. The next season with Cleveland, he earned 10 saves while recording a 2.25 ERA. He was drafted in 1987 by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (sixth pick overall) of the June free agent draft and spent time in the Major Leagues with Atlanta, San Diego, Cleveland, Boston and Cincinnati, ending his professional career in 1997.
Lilliquist, 51, graduated from Sarasota (Fla.) High School and had an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Georgia where he compiled a 31-12 record with a 3.30 ERA in three years. In 1987 he led Georgia to the SEC title and a first-ever trip to the NCAA College World Series after being named College Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America. He, his wife, Claudia, and stepson, Andrew Borque, reside in Vero Beach.
He has two children, Derek (23) and Alexandra (21).