Maxwell named ABCA/Rawlings National Player of the YearJunior catcher Bruce Maxwell has been named the 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings National Player of the Year, the organization announced this week. Read More
2012 National Player of the Year Makes MLB DebutFormer Birmingham-Southern College Panther and 2012 ABCA/Rawlings and D3baseball.com National Player of the Year Bruce Maxwell, made his Major League Baseball debut on Saturday, July 23 for the Oakland Athletics. Read More
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.
Assistant Coach: Birmingham Southern College
J.D. Hulse, a 2011 graduate of BSC, returns to the coaching staff of the Birmingham-Southern baseball program. He is responsible for coaching outfielders and baserunners. Additionally, he assists with the development and implementation of BSC’s strength and conditioning program and will serve as the team’s first-base coach.
Hulse was a four-year starter for the Panthers in center field. His play earned All-Conference honors in 2008, 2010, and 2011. He was a .338 career hitter with 11 home runs, 101 RBIs and 68 stolen bases. Hulse is ranked seventh in BSC history in runs scored and sixth in triples. His career marks will also go in the SCAC record books as 10th in runs scored and ninth in stolen bases.
Hulse graduated with a degree in Psychology. He is a native of Roswell, Ga.
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).