Steve Joslyn was named the head coach of the Chicago State baseball program in August of 2012.
Joslyn guided the Cougars to a fourth place finish in the Great West Conference during his first campaign as the CSU skipper. Thanks to wins over three-time defending champion Utah Valley and Texas-Pan American in the GWC Tournament the Cougars put together CSU's best conference tournament performance since 1999.
Mattingly Romanin picked up All-GWC First Team, All-GWC Tournament Team and GWC Player of the Week honors in 2013. Sophomore Andrew Wellwerts earned GWC Tournament Team honors.
Statistically the Cougars' pitching staff compiled the program's best single-season ERA since 1994.
Associate Head Coach
The 2014 season is the second for Ray Napientek on the Chicago State baseball staff. He serves as the Cougars' recruiting coordinator and pitching coach. In 2014 he took on the associate head coach title.
Despite just five-full time pitchers in 2013 the Chicago State pitching staff compiled the program's best single-season ERA since 1994.
Napientek's pitchers was a big reason the Cougars won a pair of games at the 2013 Great West Conference Tournament. Andrew Wellwerts' complete game effort in a 3-2 win over Utah Valley earned him 2013 GWC All-Tournament Team honors. The following day James Tucker allowed just one run over eight innings to help Chicago State defeat UTPA 4-1. Tucker took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the contest.
Napientek came to Chicago State following six seasons as an assistant at Northern Illinois University. Nine Huskies reached the professional level under Napientek. Most recently, NIU's Jake Hermsen was taken in the 28th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2010 reliever Andy Deain joined the Baltimore Orioles after leaving NIU ranking second on the all-time saves list. Starter Chuck Lukanen signed with the Southern Illinois Miners after leading the Huskies in wins for two straight seasons. Another pair of Huskies signed professionally after 2008 as second team All-Mid-American Conference selection Trevor Feeney was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 31st round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and Matt Jernstad signed with the Joliet Jackhammers.
The 2014 season will be Dan Pirillo's second as an assistant baseball coach for Chicago State University.
Pirillo works with Chicago State's hitters and coaches first base during games.
Pirillo came to Chicago State after most recently serving as an assistant at NCAA Division II Georgia College. Pirillo assisted with recruiting, coordinated the outfield defense while developing the team's strength and conditioning programs.
Before Georgia, Pirillo spent two years as an assistant at NCAA Division I Long Island University. He coached first base and helped with recruiting. The 2011 squad set a school record for victories in a season with 28. He oversaw the academic performance of the team, with the Blackbirds recording a team GPA of 3.1 from 2009-11.
The 2014 season is the second for Tom Barry as an assistant coach at Chicago State.
Barry came to Chicago State after a stellar career as a starting pitcher for Northern Illinois University. During his four years at NIU, the southpaw quickly worked his way from a mid-week starter as a freshman, to a three-year conference starter. Barry played summer collegiate ball for the VeePak Hawks of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League, the Quincy Gems of the Prospect League, and the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League. It was with the Blues where he was named a league All-Star and the seventh ranked league pitching prospect thanks to a season ERA of under 2.20.
Barry graduated from NIU in 2012 with a BA in history, and was a 2008 graduate of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois, where he was a three sport standout. As quarterback for PCHS, Barry completed a school-record 91-yard touchdown pass and threw for 1,800 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior captain. He also averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists per game in basketball for the Celtics to earn honorable mention all-area. On the diamond, Barry threw a no-hitter for the Illinois Sparks during the 2008 summer season. In the Chicago Catholic League, he held a career 3.27 ERA and recorded the highest defensive fielding percentage (.977) in Illinois while spending time on the mound and at first base.