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Maxwell named ABCA/Rawlings National Player of the Year

Junior catcher Bruce Maxwell has been named the 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings National Player of the Year, the organization announced this week. Continued.....

Jan Weisberg

 

Head Coach: Birmingham-Southern College

On August 15, 2006, Jan Weisberg was named as the 11th head baseball coach in school history. In his first five seasons on the Hilltop, Weisberg has posted an impressive 150-54 record after leading the Panther Baseball program through the transition to Division III. For his efforts, Weisberg was named 2010 Alabama College Coach of the Year by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Co-Coach of the Year. In 2012 he was named the DIIIbaseball.com South Region Coach of the Year.

In Weisberg's time at BSC, the Pathers have won 4 SCAC Eastern Division Championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). In 2012 they won the SCAC tournament championship and finished in the NCAA Central Regional Championship Game after earning the #1 ranking in the South Region with a 31-7 record in the regular season.

From 2008-2012, 33 players have earned All Conference honors under Weisberg's watch. The accolades include 3 Panthers who were named Freshman of the Year in the SCAC (Sam Hill 2008, Bruce Maxwell 2010, Blake Stevens 2012). Two players earned SCAC Player of the Year Awards (Drew Leachman 2011, Bruce Maxwell 2012) and one earned SCAC Pitcher of the Year recognition (Clay Malcolm 2011).

Drew Briese

 

Assistant Coach: Birmingham-Southern College

Drew Briese joined the Birmingham-Southern baseball staff in September of 2006. His coaching responsibilities include coaching hitters, catchers and managing the BSC Baseball strength and conditioning program. He also serves as the 3rd base coach.

BSC has acheived on both the team and individual levels during Briese's tenure. The team is 179-69 in 6 years of play. BSC's offense has consistently ranked in the top 20 in the country in many offensive categories, including #1 in slugging percentage (2010, .595), #2 in batting average (2010, .376) and #5 in Home Runs (2010, 54). 38 players have been named to the All-Conference team in Briese's time at BSC. This includes 5 of the catchers who worked under Briese's watch. Sam Hill was a four year All-SCAC performer from 2008-2011 (including being named 2008 SCAC Freshman of the Year). Bruce Maxwell carried the torch to 2012, when he was named NCAA DIII National Player of the Year, SCAC Player of the Year and was a 2nd round draft pick by the Oakland A's.

Briese came to the Hilltop after a year as an Assistant Coach at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He started his coaching career at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky while he was working toward his Master's Degree. He received his Master's Degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky in 2005.

Nathan Bland

 

Assistant Coach: Birmingham-Southern College

Nathan Bland joined the Panther Baseball Staff in 2009 as BSC's Pitching Coach. The Birmingham native graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 1993 and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th round. Bland played for several MLB organizations, including the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angles. He made his MLB debut in 2003 with the Houston Astros. Bland's baseball experiences have a taken him far and wide as he has played professionally in Mexico, Taiwan and Venezuela.

In each of Bland's 3 seasons with the Panthers, his staff led the SCAC is ERA. This includes the 2012 staff, which posted a 3.03 ERA, ranking them 18th in the nation. Ten members of Bland's staff have received All Conference Honors in the last 3 years. Including among this group is 2011 SCAC Pitcher of the Year, Clay Malcolm, and 2012 SCAC Freshman of the Year, Blake Stevens. Additionally, performances by Blake Yance and Miles Nordgren during the 2012 season earned All-America honors.

Bland recently completed his degree at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and is currently enrolled in graduate school. Nathan and his wife, Allison have two children, Lorelai (7) and Jack (5).

Mike Coduto

 

Assistant Coach: Birmingham Southern College

Mike Coduto is in his first year on the BSC Baseball staff after graduating from North Park University (IL) in 2014.

Coduto was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Vikings, spending most of his time at second base. In his senior season at North Park, he batted .355 with 35 RBIs and was 27-30 in stolen bases. In addition to his offensive output, Coduto was the anchor for the Viking defense as he touted a .982 fielding percentage with only four errors. For his achievements, he was named First-Team All-Conference (2012 and 2014), D3baseball.com and ABCA All-Central Region (2014) and ABCA Gold Glove Winner (2014).

Coduto is a native of Carol Stream, Ill. He earned his degree from North Park in Psychology. His coaching responsibilities include working with infielders and base runners and coaching first base.

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