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Eastern Illinois Jim Schmitz Contract Not Renewed

EasternIllinoisSliding_thumb.jpgCHARLESTON, Ill. – The Eastern Illinois University Athletic Department has announced that the contract for Panther head baseball coach Jim Schmitz will not be renewed. A search for his successor will begin immediately.

Schmitz completed his 21st season as the EIU head coach with the Panthers finishing the 2015 season with a 13-39 record. EIU finished last in the Ohio Valley Conference missing the OVC Tournament for the second time in the last three years. Schmitz compiled a record of 533-581-1 during his time at EIU. Included in those 21 seasons were two NCAA Regional Bids in 1999 and 2008. Continue reading Eastern Illinois Jim Schmitz Contract Not Renewed

Northwestern’s Paul Stevens To Retire

StevensNorthwesternEVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern head baseball coach Paul Stevens will retire at the conclusion of the 2015 season after serving the program since 1985, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced Thursday, April 2. Stevens worked as an assistant coach under both Ron Wellman and Larry Cochell from 1985-1987 before taking over as NU’s head coach for the 1988 season.

“We are incredibly grateful that Northwestern has been blessed with a tremendous leader like coach Paul Stevens for the last three decades,” said Phillips. “His contributions to this place are simply immeasurable. The young men who have gone through the baseball program under his guidance illustrate the special investment that he has made into the success of each of their lives, both on and off the field. Paul, Kenan and their children will always be a part of our Northwestern family.” Continue reading Northwestern’s Paul Stevens To Retire

UMES names John O’Neil as Interim Head Coach

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has named assistant baseball coach John O’Neil Acting Head Coach on an interim basis, following the recent resignation of head coach Pedro Swann.

A 2008 graduate of Colby-Sawyer College, O’Neil was currently in his fourth season as an assistant coach before his new appointment. Hired by former Hawks coach Will Gardner in 2012, O’Neil had previously served as the head coach of the Middlesex Rays in the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League, as well as an assistant at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and at his alma mater, Colby-Sawyer. Continue reading UMES names John O’Neil as Interim Head Coach

NIU names Mike Kunigonis as Head Coach

NIUBaseball.jpgDeKALB, Ill. – Mike Kunigonis (KOON-uh-GOHN-iss), a veteran Division I coach who has spent the last seven years on the staff at Virginia Tech, most recently as the Hokies’ Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, has been named head coach of the Northern Illinois University baseball program, NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced Monday. Continue reading NIU names Mike Kunigonis as Head Coach

VMI named Jonathan Hadra as Head Coach

HadraLEXINGTON, Va. – Jonathan Hadra, a four-year letterman and 2004 graduate of VMI, was named the 20th head coach in VMI baseball history on Thursday, Nov. 13. Hadra had been serving as the acting head coach since Nov. 3, when he was named to that role following the resignation of Marlin Ikenberry, who chose to pursue an opportunity in private business. Continue reading VMI named Jonathan Hadra as Head Coach

Mississippi Valley State’s Doug Shanks Retires

ITTA BENA, Miss. — Mississippi Valley State University has officially announced the retirement of head baseball coach Doug Shanks.

Shanks, who replaced longtime head coach Cleotha Wilson in 2000, served in his capacity for 14 seasons, winning more than 250 games while leading the Delta Devils to five SWAC Eastern Division championships. MVSU last advanced to the SWAC Tournament championship game in 2012. Continue reading Mississippi Valley State’s Doug Shanks Retires

VMI’s Marlin Ikenberry Resigns

VMIPhoto_thumb.jpgLEXINGTON, Va. – VMI Head Baseball Coach Marlin Ikenberry will step aside to pursue an opportunity in private business, according to information released by VMI athletics director Dr. Dave Diles late Monday. The move is effective at the end of November, but a search for Ikenberry’s successor will begin immediately with longtime assistant and current Associate Head Coach Jonathan Hadra serving as acting head coach during that time.

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