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MacMurray College Baseball

MacMurray College Baseball posted its best season in a decade in the spring of 2012. The Highlanders went a modest 14-23, yet this tied for the most wins since 2002. The 14 wins equaled the total from the past 3 years combined. First year Head Coach Andrew Bartman says, "Even though we finished below .500 I felt like we competed nearly every time out.

Justin Fuhler

 

Head Coach

Coach Fuhler is entering his first season as a member of the Highlander Coaching Staff, specializing as the catching and hitting coach. For the past 3 years, Fuhler has served as an assistant coach for Springfield College in Illinois and contributed to the 2009 team that was Co-champions of the MWAC regular season.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History/Secondary Education from McKendree College in 2002, Fuhler spent three years as an assistant coaching at Trenton Wesclin (2003) and Clifton Central High School (2004-2005). During his time at the respective schools, Fuhler contributed to the first ever state tournament appearance for Trenton Wesclin (2003) and a regional championship at Clifton Central (2004).

After the 2005 season at Clifton, Fuhler accepted a coaching job at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL. While at Lake Land, Justin served as the pitching coach and helped the Lakers improve their win total by 11 from the previous season. In 2006, Fuhler moved to Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, IL where he served as the hitting and catching coach from 2006-2008. During his tenure with the Warriors, Fuhler helped the offense rank in the top 20 for 2007 and 2008 seasons in team batting average (.351 in 2007 and .348 in 2008) and had the privilege to coach 10 players that have moved on to 4 year institutions (5 Division I), 5 All-Region 24 players, 3 position players that were drafted and 1 Conference Player of the Year.

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Greg May

 

Assistant Coach

May enters his first year at MacMurray as the Highlanders pitching coach. Beginning in 2006 Coach May has coached in Montana (Glacier Twins, American Legion); 2007 Dordrecht, Holland (Head coach Hawks Junior team and youth program instructor); and three years at Malibu High school 2010-2012 (acting as pitching coach, strength and conditioning coach, and summer coach for the Sharks). While coaching at Malibu the program experienced improvements in wins each season while helping players in each graduating class move on to play college baseball for schools such as Claremont McKenna College, Whitman College, and University Nevada Reno. May received his master's degree in management from the University of Redlands while coaching at Malibu.

May was a four year player and graduate of Claremont McKenna College. He graduated with a B.S in history/government and served multiple roles on the Stagg pitching Staff. Upon completing his college pitching career, May had a small stint as a professional pitcher, playing for the Dordrecht Hawks in 2007. After the semi-professional season ended in Holland, he ended his playing career in the Arizona Fall league in the winter of 2008 with Tommy John surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

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Jacob Rhodes

 

Assistant Coach

Coach Rhodes is entering his first year with the Highlanders as an assistant coach where his duties will include catching, hitting, and recruiting. Although this will be Rhodes' first year as a college coach, Rhodes has acquired numerous experiences and skills throughout his baseball career that will be beneficial in improving the Highlander program.

Prior to coming to MacMurray, Rhodes spent two years at Murray State University where he was the starting catcher for both years. He earned his bachelor degree in Media Electronics as well as a minor in Physical Education. During his two years at MSU, Rhodes received Ohio Valley Conference Adidas player of the week in 2011 and also in 2012. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons Rhodes started as catcher in 97 of the 105 games he played. He graduated with a career batting average of .330, along with 8 homeruns and 67 RBI.

In the years prior to Murray State Rhodes attended Wabash Valley College, where he was coached by Rob Fornier and Andrew Bartman. Rhodes was part of the Warriors' back-to-back conference championships as well as a conference tournament championship. During his two seasons at Wabash Valley, Rhodes received All-Conference honors two years in a row with a career batting average of .415, 17 homeruns, and 135 RBI. Rhodes also received All-American Honorable mention his sophomore year, where he helped lead the Warriors to a 50-12 record with a national ranking of 6.

MacMurray College Baseball

 

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Dave James
Jay Hardin
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Derek Crouch
Casey Dishman
Sean Lopez

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