Owls Announce 2016 Schedule
Since being hired in the fall of 1991 on the campus of Kennesaw State University, Mike Sansing has been nothing short of remarkable. The winningest head coach in the school’s rich baseball history, Sansing has led the Owls to seven national tournaments, including a pair of national titles, winning the NAIA title in 1994 and earning the 1996 NCAA Division II crown.
The skipper continued his storied career in 2015, winning his 1,000th career game on March 27 against USC Upstate in a 5-0 triumph, lifting Sansing to the prestigious milestone. Sansing was a finalist at the Atlanta Sports Awards for Coach of the Year honors and led several players to postseason awards, including Jordan Hillyer and Travis Bergen to First Team All-Conference selections, and Taylor Allum named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team.
Sansing’s career record now stands at 1,015-547 for a .654 winning percentage in 27 years of collegiate coaching, which included a three-year stint as the head coach at Shorter College from 1989-91 where he won 102 games. He also has compiled a 913-492 (.650) overall record at Kennesaw State since his arrival in 1992, winning his 900th game at KSU’s skipper on March 31, 2015 against Western Carolina in a 9-2 victory.
Assistant Head Coach
Kennesaw State assistant head coach Kevin Erminio completed his ninth season with the Black and Gold in 2015, establishing himself as one of the top handlers of pitchers in the southeast. Recently promoted to Assistant Head Coach in 2012, the Owls have won 287 games and has led his pitching staff to one of the best in the conference.
Erminio helped lead the staff to an ERA of 3.50 during the 2014 season, which saw KSU take its first ever A-Sun Championship as well as the NCAA Division I Tallahassee Regional.
Erminio came to the Kennesaw State coaching staff after spending the 2006 season as the pitching coach at Miami (Ohio) where his staff led the Mid-American Conference in earned run average. The trend continued in 2007, as the Owls led the Atlantic Sun in ERA and strikeouts.
Derek Simmons completed his third season in 2015 at Kennesaw State as the team’s Hitting Coach and Recruiting Coordinator and also worked with the infielders for the Owls.
Under the help of Simmons’ guidance in 2015, five KSU players were named All-Conference, two were named First Team All-Conference and Taylor Allum was tabbed to the Freshmen All-American Team by Louisville Slugger.
Serving as the team’s hitting coach, Simmons led several Owls to their best season yet, as Chris Erwin batted a career-best .320 with 66 hits, 12 doubles and 36 RBI. Simmons also guided Allum to a .320 batting average with 41 hits, eight doubles and 19 RBI in his first season wearing the Black and Gold. In all, KSU batting a respectable .276 as a team with 88 doubles, seven triples and 274 RBI. Simmons also helped the Owls’ lineup hit 40 home runs in 2015 — the most in since 2012.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Trey Fowler completed his third season on the Kennesaw State baseball staff in 2015 as the Volunteer Assistant Coach. Fowler comes to Kennesaw State after eight seasons at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia as well as a short stint at Georgia Perimeter Junior College in Covington, Georgia. Fowler began his coaching career at Truett as the Head Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator in 2005 before finishing his time at TMC with a brief stint as the Interim Head Coach in 2012.
While with KSU, Fowler has helped immensely in the day-to-day operations under head coach Mike Sansing. Fowler’s leadership has helped the Owls compile a 98-82 record since his arrival, which a .544 winning percentage.
Arguably his most memorable year in coaching came in 2014, helping lead the Owls on their historic run, bringing home the school’s first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Championship as well as the NCAA Division I Tallahassee Regional Title.