Edwardsville native Danny Jackson was hired as the new head coach for the McKendree University baseball program in May 2016.Jackson spent the previous six seasons on the staff at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before being elevated to the role of interim head coach last month for the Cougars.
In his role at SIUE, Jackson has coached third base while also serving as the Cougars’ hitting coach. Under his tutelage in 2015, SIUE batted .302 in Ohio Valley Conference play, which ranked fifth in the league. The Cougars also ranked in the top half of the final conference statistical report in home runs (42), doubles (72) and total bases (538).Over his six seasons, Jackson has coached four OVC All-Freshman team honorees along with a pair of Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America selections.
Before his arrival at SIUE, Jackson spent three years on the coaching staff at Saint Louis University. Jackson coached first base for the Billikens and worked with the team’s hitters, outfielders and corner infielders. He also planned and organized team travel while also coordinating summer tournaments and baseball camps. Jackson helped SLU to 88 victories during that span, including an Atlantic 10 championship in 2010 and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Andrew Stepp has been hired to serve as an assistant coach for the Bearcats’ program. Stepp joined the McKendree staff in August 2018 and assumes the role as the Bearcats’ hitting and infield coach.
Stepp comes to McKendree after spending the 2018 season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Murray State University. He assisted with all facets of the Racers’ offensive game and was also responsible for base running and outfield development. Stepp also helped Murray State earn a berth in the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
Prior to his time at Murray State, Stepp was the director of baseball operations and player development at Ohio University. From 2014-16, he served as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University. Along with his coaching experience at WKU, Stepp spent two seasons as an infielder for the Hilltoppers. Stepp – who hails from Nixa, Mo. — began his collegiate career by playing one year at Southwest Baptist University.
Along with his coaching experience, Stepp has worked numerous baseball camps at the collegiate level over the last several years.