As the Baylor Bears prepare for the 2019 World Cup, the team has a new focus: winning the World Series.
The Bears, coached by former college star and current head coach Art Briles, will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2019 tournament.
The 2017 NCAA championship game was the first time Baylor beat the defending national champion Kansas City Royals in Kansas City.
Briles coached the Bears to a 24-24 upset over the defending champs in Kansas in 2017.
Brills has been on the job for just over a month and is on a short list of coaches who could be in the running for the job after the World Baseball Classic.
In addition to the World Championship, Briles is set to take over as Baylor’s head coach after taking over the Bears in February.
The school announced on Wednesday that it has hired John McKay as interim head coach.
McKay has spent the past two seasons as the Bears’ head coach, serving as the interim head football coach before Briles took over the reins.
The 2018 season was Briles’ first with the Bears since taking over for Dave Christensen following the 2016 season.
The Bears had gone 14-18 the previous two seasons.
In 2018, Brils and the Bears finished 7-9, and they had not won more than four games since 2014.
That season, Baylor won its final five games, including a 10-game winning streak to close out the regular season.
In 2017, Briles led the Bears with a 1-5 record and posted a .634 winning percentage.
He also was 10-15 in the regular-season and 10-9 in the postseason.