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CMU's Deeg Earns Gold Glove

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Central Michigan's Nick Deeg made history Sunday when he was named a Rawlings Gold Glove winner by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Deeg is one of nine NCAA Division I players, one at each position, to be so honored, and is the first in CMU history to capture a Gold Glove.

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Chippewas Crowned Champions

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They hit and they hit and they hit.
Then they hit the pool.
The Central Michigan baseball team pounded out 14 hits Friday in rolling past Western Michigan, 12-3, at Robert J. Bobb Stadium, wrapping up its first regular-season Mid-American Conference championship since 2010.

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Steve Jaksa

 

Head Coach

Steve Jaksa has continued the tradition of Chippewa baseball competing at a championship level since he returned to his alma mater and took over as head coach in 2003.??

CMU, the winningest Division I baseball program in the Midwest since 1972, has won three Mid-American Conference regular-season championships (2004, '10, '15) and six MAC West Division titles ('04, '06, '10, '11, '15, '17) during Jaksa's 15 years in charge of the program.??

Jaksa has amassed a 477-389-1 record (.550 win percentage) at CMU and has led the Chippewas to 11 winning seasons including 10 in which they posted at least 30 wins. In 2005, the Jaksa-led Chippewas finished with 42 victories, the fourth-highest total in program history and the most since a 47-win campaign in 1988.

On March 18, 2017, the Chippewas defeated Northwestern, 5-1, giving Jaksa his 454th career victory at CMU and moving him into second place in program history. He trails only the legendary Dean Kreiner, who led CMU to 516 wins from 1985-98. Jaksa passed another legend, Dave Keilitz, on the career victory list. Keilitz led CMU to 453 victories from 1971-84.

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Jeff Opalewski

 

Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Central Michigan has consistently fielded one of the Mid-American Conference's top pitching staffs during Jeff Opalewski's seven seasons as the program's pitching coach.

His outstanding work was rewarded in November 2014 with a promotion to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.

The Chippewas' pitching staff finished the 2015 season, during which CMU won the MAC regular-season title, with a 3.64 cumulative earned run average, which ranked second in the Mid-American Conference and 67th nationally.

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Doug Sanders

 

Assistant Coach

Doug Sanders joined the Central Michigan baseball coaching staff in July 2013.

The 2015 CMU team ranked #1 in defense and #1 in offense in the MAC conference. They finished the season with the best overall record in the conference. Pat McKenzie (Second Base) was drafted in 28th round by the Detroit Tigers, while Zach McKinstry and Daniel Jipping were named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.

Sanders spent three seasons at his alma mater, Kent State, as volunteer assistant coach on the staff of Coach Scott Stricklin. He was part of Kent State's incredible run through the NCAA Regional and Super Regional, as it earned a berth to the College World Series in Omaha in 2012. Sanders was responsible for defensive instruction, which contributed to the 29th-ranked defense in the country in 2010 and the No. 8 defense in 2011.

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Tyler McFarland

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach







Aaron McLatcher

 

Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning

Aaron McLatcher serves as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning and directly oversees the day to day strength and conditioning programs of the Chippewa baseball, gymnastics, volleyball and women's golf programs.

McLatcher travels to all games with the Chippewa baseball program, working with the student-athletes on flexibility, mobility, stretching, physical restoration and recovery time. He serves as the bullpen coach and assists in meal planning during road trips.

McLatcher earned his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from CMU in 2011 and his Masters of Science in Physical Education and Sport in 2014. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). During the offseason, McLatcher trains several former Chippewa baseball players who have moved onto the professional ranks.

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