Baseball Honors for 2017 Revealed
Rico Soto and Andy Hernandez each received All-Sun Conference recognition at the banquet held tonight to kick off the 2017 Sun Conference Tournament. Read More
Grant Desme was named the head coach of the baseball program at Ave Maria University in September. Demse, a former prospect in the Oakland A’s organization, brings a high-quality baseball mind to the Gyrene program.
Desme was drafted in the second round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics, and spent three seasons in the Oakland farm system. Desme, an outfielder, was drafted out of Cal Poly after winning the Player of the Year award in the Big West Conference. His junior season, where he won conference player of the year honors, saw him hit .405 with 15 home runs and 53 runs batted in.
In three seasons in professional baseball, Desme recorded a .286 batting average. His only full season came in 2009, when he hit 31 total home runs and stole 40 bases with the Stockton Ports and Kane County Cougars. After the regular season, he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Arizona Fall League in 2009, playing against many of the best young players in professional baseball.
Charles Lennon is in his fifth year as assistant baseball coach at Ave Maria University. Coach Lennon, a native of Joliet, Ill., settled in South Bend, Ind. in 1961 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Coach Lennon was a two-year monogram winner with the baseball team. He served as an assistant baseball coach for seven years (’61-’67) at Notre Dame and also six years (’62-’67) as an assistant basketball coach for the Fighting Irish.
While living in South Bend, Coach Lennon served as director of several local public agencies, including South Bend’s Model Cities Program and the city’s Redevelopment Department. He became direcrtor of the ND Alumni Association in 1981, and in 1999 was named associate vice president for university relations.
Coach Lennon retired from Notre Dame on June 30, 2011, and is now on emeritus status. At Notre Dame’s 2011 commencement, he received an honorary doctor of law degree. The Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded Coach Lennon the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award in 2011.