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Three Chippewas Selected in Final Day of MLB Draft

The Central Michigan baseball program saw three student-athletes taken in the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, bringing its total to five for the most players taken in program history.

Junior Dietrich Enns was the first Chippewa taken Wednesday by the New York Yankees in the 19th round, senior Jon Weaver followed in the 21st round by the Tampa Bay Rays and senior Ryan Longstreth closed the day when he was taken in the 40th and final round by the Detroit Tigers.

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Season Review: Chippewas' Strong Finish Builds for Future

In a season full of high expectations and goals, the Central Michigan baseball program turned around its season over the last 20 games and finished just one win away from winning a Mid-American Conference Tournament title.

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Steve Jaksa

 

Head Coach

The Central Michigan baseball program has competed at a championship level during Steve Jaksa's 11 seasons as head coach.

The Chippewas have won two Mid-American Conference championships (2004, 2010) and four MAC West Division titles (2004, 2006, 2010, 2011) during his tenure. Jaksa has led the Chippewas to seven 30-win campaigns a pair of 20-win MAC seasons.

Jaksa led the Chippewas to their third MAC Tournament championship appearance in 2012, as the Maroon and Gold won four-straight games after dropping the tournament opener before falling in the title game.

He owns 353 wins as a Chippewa, the third-most in CMU history, and a .552 winning percentage (353-286-1) in the Maroon and Gold. CMU is 174-111 in Mid-American Conference play under Jaksa's guidance, finishing first or second in the West Division in six of the past nine seasons. In addition to the division and overall titles, CMU has advanced to three MAC Tournament championship games (2005, 2010, 2012).

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Jeff Opalewski

 

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

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

The Chippewas posted the fifth-best ERA (4.15) and the second-most strikeouts (413) in the Mid-American Conference in 2013, led by MAC Pitcher of the Year candidate sophomore Jordan Foley. The hard-throwing right-hander developed into the Chippewas' Friday starter under the tutelage of Opalewski, finishing his second season in the Maroon and Gold with 90 strikeouts in 90.2 innings with a 6-6 reecord and 3.08 ERA.

The CMU pitching staff also had a player drafted or signed to a major league contract as a free agent for the fifth-straight season under Opalewski as sophomore right-hander Dylan Rheault was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round.

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Doug Sanders

 

Assistant Coach

Doug Sanders, an assistant coach at Kent State during its 2012 run to the College World Series, joined the Central Michigan baseball coaching staff in July of 2013.

A standout infielder at Kent State from in 2007 and 2008, Sanders spent three seasons as a volunteer assistant for the Golden Flashes where he was responsible for infield and outfield defensive instruction that led to the 29th best defense in the country in 2010 and eighth best defense in 2011.

Sanders was a part of Scott Stricklin's staff that made an incredible run through the NCAA Regional and Super Regional to earn a spot in the College World Series before spending last season as a full-time assistant at Malone University.

At CMU, in addition to other duties, Sanders will be responsible for hitting instruction, infield defense and base running on the field, while assisting in recruiting, travel planning and scouting reports off the field.

William Arnold

 

Assistant Coach

Former Central Michigan standout Will Arnold joined the staff as an undergraduate student assistant during the 2013 season and upon graduation was named the volunteer assistant.

A Mount Pleasant native, Arnold started 102 games over his final two seasons and earned a spot on the All-MAC team in 2012 after leading the Chippewas in RBI, walks, on-base percentage, putouts and fielding percentage.

Arnold was a mainstay behind the plate, leading a pitching staff that has had seven players drafted in the last two seasons, as he will work primarly with CMU catches as a part of its' coaching staff.

Arnold was named Co-Mr. Baseball by the Michigan High School Coaches Association in 2008 following a star senior season for Mount Pleasant High School.

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