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The 2016 season will be the ninth for coach Joe Schaefer at the helm of the PLNU baseball program. He has posted a record of 243-166-1 (.593 winning%) over his eight seasons, including winning the GSAC regular season and postseason tournament titles in 2009, and reaching the NAIA World Series in both 2009 and 2010. In fact, those two seasons under Schaefer were arguably the best campaigns in Point Loma baseball history.
Twenty-two Sea Lions have been named all-conference during Schaefer’s time at PLNU, and five of his players have been selected in the Major League First Year Player Draft: Kurt Steinhauer, Kaohi Downing, Steven Winnick, Chad Blauer and Ricky Gingras. Clinton Harwick also signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Orioles following the 2014 season. Many others have earned spots on top Summer League rosters.
The 2015 season saw Schaefer’s plan come fruition as the Sea Lions earned a spot in the NCAA West Regional. As PLNU entered the transition process to NCAA Division II Schaefer went heavy after high school seniors to comprise the recruiting classes and it paid off. Point Loma went 33-18 on the year which included a school-record 17-game winning streak. PLNU tied for third in the PacWest standings at 19-13 and reached as high as No. 3 in the NCAA West Region rankings. The Sea Lions also climbed up to No. 21 in the NCBWA rankings. Coleman Huntley III led NCAA Division II during the regular season with 13 saves en route to earning first team Daktronics All-West Region honors and a nomination for the Brett Tomko Pitcher of the Year award. Point Loma baseball also thrived in the classroom in 2015 with 21 Sea Lions earning PacWest All-Academic honors and the team posting a 3.14 GPA.