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2012 Wayne State Baseball Media Guide

  1. 1. A major experience whatever your major.There’s a place where desks, textbooks and college-ruled paper meet thebustle of city life. Where urbanites and academics breathe the same air.And artists rub elbows with intellectuals. It’s a world-renowned institution ofhigher learning located in the cultural hub of Detroit’s Midtown – with 13schools and colleges offering more than 400 major subject areas. It may be closeto theaters, museums and science centers but as Michigan’s only urban researchuniversity, it’s a million miles from any other learning experience. DiscoverWayne State University for yourself. Apply now. Wayne.e du. AIM HIGHER
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Quick Facts / Team Information .......................................1 Sports Information ..........................................................2 2012 SEASON Roster ..............................................................................4 Season Outlook/Schedule............................................ 5-6 STAFF President Allan D. Gilmour ...............................................8 Athletic Director Rob Fournier .........................................9 Head Coach Ryan Kelley.................................................10 Assistant Coaches/Support Staff .............................. 11-12 THE WARRIORS Player Profiles.......................................................... 14-28 WAYNE STATE BASEBALL 2012 MEDIA GUIDE Career Statistics ....................................................... 30-31 2011 REVIEW Season Images ..............................................................34 2011 Statistics/Results ..................................................35 BASEBALL STAFF WSU QUICK FACTS 2011 GLIAC Results ........................................................36 Head Coach ...........................................................................................Ryan Kelley Location ............................................................................Detroit, Michigan 48202 Alma Mater/Year .......................................................................Michigan/1999 Founded .......................................................................................................... 1868 HISTORY & RECORDS Office Phone ............................................................................... 313-577-2749 Enrollment ............................................................ 32,564 (20,837 undergraduate) Program History ............................................................40 Year-By-Year Results ................................................ 41-45 E-mail ........................................................................... ryankelley@wayne.edu Nickname ...................................................................................................Warriors Conference Finishes .......................................................45 Record at WSU/Years .....................................................92-67 (.579)/3 seasons Colors ................................................................................................. Green & Gold Records vs. Opponents...................................................46 Career Record/Years ...................................................................................same Affiliation .......................................................................................NCAA Division II All-Time vs. 2011 Opponents ................................... 46-47 Assistant Coaches ..............................................................................Logan Hughes Conference .....................................................................................................GLIAC Coaching Records ..........................................................48 ....................................................................................................... Chris Ogden Stadium/Capacity...............................................................WSU Baseball Field/500 Team Records ................................................................49 ...........................................................................................................Art Dudal Batting Records ....................................................... 50-51 ..............................................................................................John Dombrowski SUPPORT STAFF Pitching/Defense Records ........................................ 52-53 ............................................................................................. Matthew Williams President ........................................................................................Allan D. Gilmour All-Time Letterwinners ..................................................55 Warriors in the Pros .......................................................56 Assistant Athletic Trainer ............................................................... Steve Domzalski Faculty Athletic Representative ...............................................Robert M. Ackerman Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach .................................................Matt Paja Director of Athletics.............................................................................Rob Fournier WAYNE STATE Assistant Sports Information Director .................................................Tom Gorman Senior Associate Athletic Director/Fiscal Operations......................... Bhavna Mehta This is Wayne State ........................................................58 Equipment Manager ...................................................................... Terrance Woods Associate Athletic Director ...................................................................Tami Tranter Wayne State Academics.................................................59 Associate Athletic Director (baseball) .....................................................Jason Clark Associate Athletic Director/Media Relations & Marketing ........................Jeff Weiss Associate Athletic Directors / Faculty Rep. ............... 60-61 Assistant to the Director of Athletics .................................................. Lisa Seymour Staff and Coaches ..........................................................62 TEAM INFORMATION Assistant Athletic Director/Facilities ..................................................Bob Ostrowski Sports Medicine / Strength & Conditioning / Facilities .........63 2011 Overall Record .......................................................................................35-21 Director of Development ............................................................ Matt Cunningham WSU Athletic Hall of Fame / “W” Club ............................64 Home..........................................................................................................10-6 Academic Coordinator ......................................................................Candice Turner Media Roster ................................................................IBC Road ...........................................................................................................12-9 Assistant Compliance Coordinator ..............................................Meredith Bowbeer 2012 Schedule ...............................................................BC Neutral .......................................................................................................13-6 Associate Athletic Director/Head Athletic Trainer ...............................Michael Chan 2011 GLIAC Record/Place .......................................................................22-13/2nd Assistant Athletic Trainer ...................................................................Natalie Herter Letterwinners Returning/Lost ..........................................................................24/8 Assistant Athletic Trainer .................................................................. Katie Minahan2012 MEDIA GUIDE Starting Position Players Returning/Lost ......................................................6/3 Assistant Athletic Trainer ........................................................................Josh PriehsThe 2012 Wayne State University Baseball Media Guide is a production of the WSU Sports Information Starting Pitchers Returning/Lost ..................................................................3/3 Head Strength & Conditioning Coach .............................................Ruben MendozaOffice – Jeff Weiss, Director; Tom Gorman, Assistant Director; Tom Riter, Intern – in conjunctionwith the WSU Baseball Office. Compiled, edited, and layout by Tom Gorman. Additional assistance Newcomers ...........................................................................................................9 Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach ......................................... Bryce Karasiakprovided by Jeff Weiss. Cover design by Tom Gorman. Photography by Mark Hicks (WestSide Freshmen ........................................................................................................4 Associate Athletic Director/Campus Recreation ..................................... Chris NolanPhotographic), Ron Harper, Otto Greule Jr. (Getty Images), Ken Weisenberger, Pulaski Mariners Transfers ..........................................................................................................5 MHRFC Facilities and Finance Supervisor........................................... Jovita ScroginMedia Relations, Jason Clark and Tom Gorman. Printed by Phoenix Innovate (Troy, Mich.). Mediaguide information current as of February 3, 2012. Multipurpose Indoor Facility Supervisor .............................................Jim Campbell HISTORY Facility Coordinator ................................................................................Mike FlynnDIRECTIONS TO WSU BASEBALL FIELDFrom the West: Take I-94 East. Exit at Trumbull Avenue. Turn right onto Trumbull Avenue, then First Year of Baseball ....................................................................................... 1941 Equipment Manager ............................................................................Rick Renaudleft onto Warren Avenue. Parking is in Lot 50 off Warren Avenue. All-Time Varsity Record ..........................................................1078-1201-15 (.473) Business Manager/Fiscal Operations ..............................................Linda LetkowskiFrom the East: Take I-94 West. Exit at Woodward/Brush Avenues. Remain on Ford Service Drive GLIAC Titles ................................................7 (1980-82, 1998, 2005^, 2008^, 2010) Athletic Department Switchboard.................................................... 313-577-4280to Woodward Avenue. Turn left onto Woodward Avenue, going south to Warren Avenue. Turn rightonto Warren Avenue. Continue west on Warren Avenue to Lodge Freeway (M 10) overpass. Lot 50 Last GLIAC Tournament Appearance ................................................................ 2011 Athletic Department Fax .................................................................. 313-577-5996is located on the right just past the overpass. Last NCAA Regional Appearance ..................................................................... 2011From the North: Take I-75 South to Warren Avenue exit. Turn right onto Warren Avenue. Continue ^ Regular-season titlewest on Warren Avenue to Lodge Freeway (M 10) overpass. Lot 50 is located just past the overpass.From the South: Take I-75 North to Lodge Freeway (M 10) North. Exit at Forrest/Warren Avenues.Turn left onto Warren Avenue (2nd light). Cross over Lodge Freeway and turn right into Lot 50.ON THE COVER SPONSORSThe Wayne State baseball team plays in the heart of Midtown Detroit, and the 15 seniors leading Wayne State Baseball would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support this season:the 2012 squad are looking to achieve even more than in 2011, when WSU won a school-record35 games and competed in the championship games of both the GLIAC Tournament and the NCAA 15 Mile Sunoco/Warren Auto........................................ 24 KBMV Law .................................................................... 23Midwest Regional (aerial photo by Vito Palmisano). Arbonne ....................................................................... 17 Kem-Tec........................................................................ 54MISSION STATEMENT Bondy’s Lighting Outlet ................................................ 24 Marwil Bookstore ......................................................... 37 Wayne State University believes that intercollegiate athletics are an important and wholesome Cindrich, Mahalak & Co., P.C. ......................................... 32 Mary Kay ...................................................................... 28adjunct to the principal purposes of the University: (1) the advancement of knowledge through Croskey, Lanni & Company ............................................ 37 MVP Baseball................................................................ 15research and investigation; and (2) the dissemination of knowledge through teaching. To that end,participants in intercollegiate athletics must be, first and foremost, students whose fundamental Daniel A. Lepri, D.D.S. ................................................... 23 Shear Vanity ................................................................. 18aim is to obtain a sound education. E.W. Smith Agency ....................................................... 32 Shelby Township Athletic Club ...................................... 14 A major mission of the University is to achieve an increasing level of excellence in the quality Erma’s Frozen Custard ................................................... 22 Shield’s Pizzeria ............................................................ 48of its programs and to enhance the visibility and recognition of the University as a whole. Students Grace Harper Florist ...................................................... 14 Starter’s Bar & Grill ....................................................... 21who participate in intercollegiate athletics are directly involved in the implementation of this missionof excellence, and by such participation, provide a unifying objective of community and University. Ham Shop..................................................................... 24 Town Pump .................................................................. 32 Wayne State University believes that a well-balanced program in intercollegiate sports is Happy’s Pizza ................................................................ 37 Traffic Jam and Snug .................................................... 54important so long as it remains in proper focus as an ancillary of the real purposes of the University; Honeybaked ................................................................. 26 UBS............................................................................... 38so long as it remains under academic control; so long as the players are bona fide students; and so Hot Taco ........................................................................ 16 Wyandotte Braves ........................................................ 48long as the coaches strive to instill qualities of honesty, sportsmanship and clean play.2012 BASEBALL MEDIA GUIDE WSUATHLETICS.COM 1
  3. 3. SPORTS INFORMATION WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUATHLETICS.COM SPORTS INFORMATION THE ONLINE HOME OF THE WARRIORS The online home of the Wayne State Warriors Jeff Weiss (wsuathletics.com) has information on every WSU team including press releases, Assoc. Athletic Director/Media Relations & Marketing statistics, rosters, biographical information, and media guides. Enjoy other multimedia Office Phone......................................313-577-7542 features such as blogs, podcasts, photo Cell Phone .........................................419-367-1627 galleries, video and more. The site also E-mail .................................. jeff.weiss@wayne.edu provides links to the NCAA, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and other sport-related sites. Video content is available to fans and media Tom Gorman both at wsuathletics.com and on YouTube. Warrior All-Access is a subscription-based Assistant SID/Baseball Contact site which provides live streaming video Office Phone......................................313-577-2299 of home football, basketball and volleyball Cell Phone .........................................248-379-1699 events, as well as free audio of select road baseball games. Archives of the games are E-mail ................................... tgorman@wayne.edu available 24 hours after the conclusion of the event. Additionally, free on-demand video content including the Warrior Daily series is available on the WSU Athletics YouTube channel. /wsuwarriors @waynestwarriors /waynestateathletics Tom Ritter Sports Information Intern Office Phone......................................313-993-4347 MEDIA GUIDELINES E-mail ....................................t.ritter01@gmail.com The 2012 Wayne State University Baseball Media Guide was produced by the WSU Sports Information Office to assist the media in coverage of Warrior baseball. Requests for additional information, interviews and photographs should be directed to Tom Gorman at 313-577-2299 or tgorman@wayne.edu. Office Fax ............................................ 313-577-5997 Mailing Address ...........................5101 John C. Lodge Post-Game Procedures Head coach Ryan Kelley will be available for the media by request after the game. Individual 101 Matthaei Warrior players’ names should be given to Tom Gorman at the end of the contest and will be Detroit, MI 48202 made available after the coach. MEDIA OUTLETS -------------------------- NEWSPAPERS -------------------------- -------------- TELEVISION -------------- ----- RADIO ----- DETROIT FREE PRESS DETROIT NEWS THE SOUTH END WXYZ-TV 7 (ABC) WDIV-TV 4 (NBC) WDTK RADIO (1400 AM) Gene Myers, Sports Editor Ruben Luna, Sports Editor Jason Smith, Sports Editor Don Shane, Sports Director Bernie Smilovitz, Sports Director Two Radio Plaza 600 W. Fort St. 615 W. Lafayette 5425 Woodward Ave. 20777 West Ten Mile Road 550 W. Lafayette Ferndale, MI 48220-2129 Detroit, MI 48226 Detroit, MI 48226 Suite 101 Southfield, MI 48037 Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: (248) 581-1207 Phone: (313) 222-6661 Phone: (313) 222-2261 Detroit, MI 48202 Phone: (248) 827-9420 Phone: (313) 222-0504 Fax: (248) 581-1231 Fax: (313) 222-5983 Fax: (313) 222-6019 Phone: (313) 577-3496 Fax: (248) 827-9444 Fax: (313) 222-0592 www.wdtkam.com www.freep.com www.detnews.com Fax: (313) 993-8108 www.wxyz.com www.clickondetroit.com www.thesouthend.wayne.edu ASSOCIATED PRESS OAKLAND PRESS MACOMB DAILY WJBK-TV 2 (FOX) WMYD-TV 20 WWJ RADIO (950 AM) 300 River Place Jeff Kuehn, Sports Editor Jason Schmidt, Sports Editor Dan Miller, Sports Director Dave Leval Tony Ortiz, Sports Suite 2400 48 W. Huron 100 Macomb Daily Dr. PO Box 2000 2777 Franklin Road 26495 American Drive Detroit, MI 48207 Pontiac, MI 48342 Mt. Clemens, MI 48043 Southfield, MI 48037 Suite 1220 Southfield, MI 48034 Phone: 313-259-0650 Phone: 248-745-4682 Phone: 586-469-4510 Phone: (248) 552-5114 Southfield, MI 48034 Phone: (248) 945-9950 Fax: 313-259-4966 Fax: 248-332-8885 Fax: 586-469-2892 Fax: (248) 557-1199 Phone: (248) 355-2020 Fax: (248) 304-4970 www.theoaklandpress.com www.macombdaily.com www.myfoxdetroit.com www.tv20detroit.com www.wwj.com2 WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS SINCE 1918
  4. 4. JOSH WEDESKY 10-GAME WINNER IN 2011 ALL-GLIAC SECOND TEAM SELECTIONSEASON PREVIEW
  5. 5. 2012 ROSTER No. Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Cl. B/T Hometown/High School (Last College) 1 Cameron Walker UT 6-1/175 Jr. R/R Clinton Twp., Mich./De La Salle ROSTER BREAKDOWN 2 J.J. Ciennik INF 6-0/185 R-Sr. R/R Waterford, Mich./Mott (Heidelberg) ROSTER BY CLASS 3 Andrew Ciennik 2B 5-10/180 Sr. R/R Waterford, Mich./Mott Seniors (15) 4 Eric Cunningham C/OF 5-11/188 So. R/R LaSalle, Ont./St. Thomas of Villanova (Notre Dame College) Buter, A. Ciennik, J. Ciennik*, DeFrancis*, Hurley, Mahalak, 5 Josh Schafer C 5-11/175 R-Sr. R/R Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant (Kellogg CC) Post*, Ramaekers, Schafer*, Swanson*, Sylvester*, Trojan*, 6 Kenny Davis INF 5-9/160 Jr. R/R Wyoming, Mich./Lee (Grand Rapids CC) Vesey, Waha*, Wedesky Juniors (8) 7 Justin DeFrancis OF 5-9/165 R-Sr. L/L Rochester, Mich./Stoney Creek (Kalamazoo Valley CC) Davis, Guenther, Koster, Pierse, Spiess, Vasiliauskas, Walker, 8 Chris Gebara UT 6-1/210 R-So. L/L Troy, Mich./Troy Weil 9 Phil Swanson DH/OF 6-3/240 R-Sr. R/R Rochester Hills, Mich./Stoney Creek Sophomores (8) 10 Kirk Stambaugh RHP 5-11/195 So. R/R Sylvania, Ohio/Southview Bates*, Cunningham, Gebara*, LeBlanc*, Matos*, Sorenson, 11 A.J. Matos INF 5-7/150 R-So. R/R Southgate, Mich./Detroit Western Springer*, Stambaugh Freshmen (6) 12 Justin Sylvester RHP 6-2/220 R-Sr. R/R Macomb, Mich./Dakota Bilkovic*, Kinch, Lepri*, Rodery, Sherman, Zimmerman 13 Ethan Vasiliauskas RHP 6-0/180 Jr. R/R South Rockwood, Mich./Carleton Airport (Jackson CC) *redshirt 14 Christian Bilkovic LHP 6-3/165 R-Fr. L/L West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield 15 Alex Trojan 3B 6-1/195 R-Sr. R/R Fenton, Mich./Hartland ROSTER BY STATE/PROVINCE 16 Alex Pierse LHP 6-2/185 Jr. L/L Clinton Twp., Mich./De La Salle Michigan (31) 17 Eric Ramaekers C 5-8/175 Sr. R/R Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion Bilkovic, Buter, A. Ciennik, J. Ciennik, Davis, DeFrancis, Gebara, Guenther, Kinch, Koster, Lepri, Mahalak, Matos, Pierse, Post, 18 Alex Kinch RHP 6-2/195 Fr. R/R Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer Ramaekers, Rodery, Schafer, Sherman, Sorenson, Spiess, 19 Ryan Buter 1B/DH 6-1/225 Sr. R/R North Muskegon, Mich./North Muskegon (Kellogg CC) Swanson, Sylvester, Trojan, Vasiliauskas, Vesey, Waha, Walker, 20 Kasey Koster UT 6-0/225 R-Jr. L/R Portage, Mich./Central (Purdue North Central) Wedesky, Weil, Zimmerman 21 Brent Weil OF 6-1/205 Jr. R/R Marine City, Mich./Marine City (Adrian) Ontario (4) 22 Mark Lepri UT 6-5/235 R-Fr. R/R Shelby Twp., Mich./Utica Eisenhower Cunningham, Hurley, LeBlanc, Springer 23 Jeff Sorenson UT 6-1/200 So. L/L Livonia, Mich./Stevenson Ohio (2) Bates, Stambaugh 24 Brad Guenther C/OF 5-10/195 Jr. L/R Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline 25 Chike Springer OF 6-0/175 R-So. R/R Toronto, Ont./Birchmount Park ROSTER BY POSITION 26 Travis Rodery OF 5-7/140 Fr. L/L Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt Infielders (6) 27 Josh Wedesky RHP 6-3/200 Sr. R/R Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville Buter, A. Ciennik, J. Ciennik, Davis, Matos, Trojan 28 Brock Bates RHP 6-9/260 R-So. R/R Delta, Ohio/Evergreen Outfielders (6) 31 Corey Post RHP 5-11/175 R-Sr. R/R Coldwater, Mich./Coldwater (Kellogg CC) DeFrancis, Rodery, Springer, Swanson, Vesey, Weil Utility (7) 32 Kyle Zimmerman UT 6-1/180 Fr. R/L Frankfort, Mich./Frankfort Gebara, Koster, Lepri, Sherman, Sorenson, Walker, Zimmerman 33 Kyle Vesey OF 6-4/190 Sr. L/R Brighton, Mich./Brighton Left-Handed Pitchers (5) 34 Billy Hurley RHP 6-2/205 Sr. R/R Mississauga, Ont./St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Binghamton) Bilkovic, LeBlanc, Mahalak, Pierse, Spiess 35 Greg Spiess LHP 6-4/210 Jr. R/L Saline, Mich./Saline (Jackson CC) Right-Handed Pitchers (9) 37 Matt Mahalak LHP 5-11/172 Sr. R/L Wyandotte, Mich./Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Bates, Hurley, Kinch, Post, Stambaugh, Sylvester, Vasiliauskas, 39 Justin Sherman UT 5-8/160 Fr. R/R Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer Waha, Wedesky Catchers (4) 44 Chris Waha RHP 6-3/220 R-Sr. R/R Charlevoix, Mich./Charlevoix (New Mexico Highlands) Cunningham, Guenther, Ramaekers, Schafer 46 Keaton LeBlanc LHP 5-10/180 R-So. L/L LaSalle, Ont./St. Thomas of Villanova (Mississippi Valley State) Ryan Kelley - Head Coach Logan Hughes - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Chris Ogden - Assistant Coach Bilkovic ..................................................................BILL-ko-vick Matos ......................................................................... MAY-toes Art Dudal - Assistant Coach Buter ........................................................................ b-YOO-terr Ramaekers ..............................................................RAM-a-kers John Dombrowski - Assistant Coach Chike .......................................................................... CHEE-kay Rodery .................................................................... ROD-err-ee Matthew Williams - Assistant Coach Ciennik .........................................................................SHIN-ick Spiess .............................................................................SPEECE Matt Paja - Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Gebara ....................................................................juh-BAR-uh Vasiliauskas................................................... vass-ill-OW-skuss Guenther .................................................................... GUN-ther Vesey.............................................................................VEE-see Steve Domzalski - Assistant Athletic Trainer Lepri .............................................................................. LEP-ree Wedesky ...............................................................wed-ESS-key Terrance Woods - Equipment Manager Mahalak ..............................................................muh-HAA-lick Weil.................................................................................. while Tom Gorman - Assistant Sports Information Director4 WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS SINCE 1918
  6. 6. 2012 SEASON OUTLOOK Year three in the Ryan Kelley era saw the upward Wedesky tied the school record with 10 victories,trend of the Wayne State University baseball program second-most in the conference, and had a 3.39 ERAcontinue in 2011. Wayne State won a school-record 35 with 58 strikeouts. He won his first eight decisionsgames and competed in both the GLIAC Tournament and picked up two more crucial wins in the NCAAand NCAA Midwest Regional championship games. Midwest Regional. “In 2011 we had a nice run,” said Kelley, who has “They both had big seasons and now they’re a yeara 92-67 record as the WSU skipper. “Now we want older physically and mentally,” said Kelley. “We’reto build off that experience and move forward into looking for them to have a great year.”2012.” Junior southpaw Alex Pierse won five games Experience and leadership will be critical to the and tied for eighth in the GLIAC with 49 strikeouts in2012 version of the Wayne State Warriors. The squad 2011. Right-hander Kirk Stambaugh appeared inwill blend 24 returning letterwinners with nine 11 games as a freshman including five starts, fanningnewcomers who will look to make an immediate 30 over 26.1 innings.impact. “Pierse and Stambaugh will both be catalysts in KYLE VESEY Three of Wayne State’s 15 seniors will serve as the rotation, and we’re looking for big things out ofco-captains in 2012, including Phil Swanson who them,” said Kelley.returns to that role for the second year in a row. Other veterans on the pitching staff include seniorJoining Swanson are classmates Billy Hurley and relievers Justin Sylvester, Corey Post and Matt Kelley is pleased with the progress of sophomoreJ.J. Ciennik. Mahalak, as well as sophomore Brock Bates. Chris Gebara, who has served as the DH but will “They’ve done a fabulous job as captains so far,” Lefties Keaton LeBlanc and Christian Bilkovic will compete for a corner outfield spot. Other returnerssaid Kelley. “They continue to work hard on and off also contribute in 2012 after redshirting last season. who will give Kelley options in the outfield includethe field as representatives of our team.” Among those returning on the diamond are Alex senior Justin DeFrancis, junior Brent Weil, and Hurley and classmate Josh Wedesky shared Trojan and Andrew Ciennik, who will join his sophomore Chike Springer.WSU Most Improved Player honors last year and will brother J.J. on the infield. A notable change in the Warrior lineup this seasonbolster a pitching staff which in 2011 posted the The top active Warrior in career batting average will be behind the plate following the graduation oflowest earned-run average (3.99) in 36 years and tied (.316), Trojan has started 100 games at third base All-American and four-year starter Michael Wiseman.the school record with 363 strikeouts. over the last two years. He hit .323 with 33 RBI in Junior Brad Guenther and senior Josh Schafer are Selected to the All-GLIAC and Daktronics All- 2011 and was particularly clutch in the postseason, among those who will hope to fill the void.Region Second Teams, Hurley went 4-0 with eight being named to the NCAA Midwest Regional All- “I think catcher is one of the premium positionssaves, the most since 2000, last season. His 1.30 Tournament Team. on the diamond at any level of the game, and MikeERA was the lowest since Bruce Finlayson’s program After starting 103 games at second base in the Wiseman was a tremendous player for us,” saidrecord of 1.15 in 1969. last two seasons, Kelley projects Andrew Ciennik Kelley. “Ultimately it’s going to come down to who to transition to shortstop for his senior season. J.J. can execute and get the job done.” Ciennik, who played in 29 games last season after Guenther, who played left field last year when missing most of 2010 battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, he wasn’t giving Wiseman a reprieve, hit .278 and will compete for the second base job but has the finished second on the team with 40 runs scored. He ability to play anywhere on the field. also played errorless defense. Kyle Vesey, who has started 103 games in Schafer played in 11 games including eight starts center field over the previous two years, will lead in 2010, and redshirted last year. Fellow senior Eric the outfielding corps after finishing 2011 with a Ramaekers is back as the bullpen catcher. .315 average, a career-high 33 RBI and a team-best Versatility is the name of the game when it comes 13 stolen bases. Swanson, a .296 career hitter, will to the rest of the supporting cast on the 2012 roster. battle for a starting role in left. Junior Cameron Walker started 30 games at seven “We’d love to see the culmination in their senior different positions last season and hit .264 with 19 years and have them go out with a blast,” said Kelley. RBI. He had a .973 fielding percentage over his final Ryan Buter hit .320 and led the team with five 29 games. home runs last season, his first as a Warrior, starting Sophomore Jeff Sorenson saw time both on the PHIL SWANSON 32 games as either the first baseman or designated mound and in the lineup last year as well. Sophomore hitter. A.J. Matos provides infield depth, as Kelley will also2012 BASEBALL MEDIA GUIDE WSUATHLETICS.COM 5
  7. 7. 2012 SEASON OUTLOOK/SCHEDULE look to plug in utility players Kasey Koster and College after setting single-season records for batting Mark Lepri, who both redshirted last season. average (.464) and RBI (41) at Lee High School in Amid the nine new Warriors are four freshmen 2009. Eric Cunningham started 30 games for including Kyle Zimmerman, a highly touted recruit Notre Dame College last season, and can play both at out of Frankfort High School. Zimmerman was a four- catcher and in the outfield. time All-State and two-time All-America selection, Three pitchers with collegiate experience will join and helped Frankfort reach the Final Four in the state an already-deep WSU staff. Ethan Vasiliauskas tournament every year. He is an accomplished pitcher pitched for two seasons at Jackson Community and hitter and is projected to contribute significantly College and was a First Team All-MCCAA selection in in both areas. 2011 after posting a 7-2 record with a staff-best 2.35 Outfielder Travis Rodery was Wyandotte ERA. His teammate at JCC, lefty Greg Spiess, went Roosevelt’s top hitter for three years and helped lead 5-2 with a team-high 53 strikeouts last year. the Bears to the district championship game in 2011. Chris Waha arrived at Wayne State to finish his Two Ann Arbor Pioneer teammates – utility player career after stops at Grand Rapids CC and New Mexico ALEX PIERSE Justin Sherman and right-handed pitcher Alex Highlands. He appeared in 13 games for the Cowboys Kinch – were part of the Pioneers’ run to the 2010 last season and went 2-2 with 30 strikeouts. state title. For the second straight season the Warriors Infielder Kenny Davis, one of five transfers, was a will begin at the Armstrong Atlantic Savannah .300 hitter for two years at Grand Rapids Community Invitational, facing three opponents which they have never faced before, including Wayne State (Neb.) College in the season-opener March 4. The last Wayne State vs. Wayne State matchup in any sport was a mens basketball contest at the Matthaei on 2012 SCHEDULE Nov. 25, 1998 (a 78-65 Tartars victory). Date Opponent Location Time March 4 Wayne State (Neb.)% Savannah, Ga. 12:00 PM WSU will also face LeMoyne and Urbana before March 5 LeMoyne (DH)% Savannah, Ga. 11:00 AM heading farther south, “for some good games and March 6 Urbana% Savannah, Ga. 11:00 AM some nice weather,” said Kelley. March 8 at Rollins Winter Park, Fla. 6:00 PM March 9 Rockhurst (DH)@ Winter Haven, Fla. 11:00 AM The Warriors will play two dates at Rollins College March 10 Minnesota-Duluth (DH)@ Winter Haven, Fla. 12:00 PM and will spend the remainder of their Spring Break March 13 Indianapolis@ Winter Haven, Fla. 4:00 PM at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. March 14 Winona State (DH)@ Winter Haven, Fla. 11:00 AM March 15 at Rollins Winter Park, Fla. 6:00 PM On the schedule are Rockhurst, Minnesota-Duluth, March 16 Mount Vernon Nazarene@ Winter Haven, Fla. 6:00 PM Indianapolis, Winona State and Mount Vernon March 24 Findlay (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 1:00 PM Nazarene. March 25 Findlay (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 1:00 PM Conference play will start with a four-game series March 28 Hillsdale (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 2:00 PM March 31 at Tiffin (DH)* Tiffin, Ohio 1:00 PM March 24-25 against Findlay, as Wayne State will April 1 at Tiffin (DH)* Tiffin, Ohio 12:00 PM host 12 of its first 16 GLIAC contests. Other key home April 6 Northwood (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 1:00 PM weekends include April 6-7 vs. Northwood, April 21- April 7 Northwood (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 12:00 PM April 11 Saginaw Valley State (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 2:00 PM 22 against Ashland and May 5-6 vs. Lake Erie to end April 14 at Ohio Dominican (DH)* Columbus, Ohio 1:00 PM the regular season. Wayne State will play home-and- April 15 at Ohio Dominican (DH)* Columbus, Ohio 12:00 PM home series with Hillsdale and Saginaw Valley State. April 18 at Hillsdale (DH)* Columbus, Ohio 2:00 PM April 21 Ashland (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 1:00 PM “Almost every game against every opponent is a April 22 Ashland (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 12:00 PM battle,” said Kelley. April 28 at Grand Valley State (DH)* Allendale, Mich. 1:00 PM The GLIAC Tournament is scheduled for May 10-12 April 29 at Grand Valley State (DH)* Allendale, Mich. 12:00 PM at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. Wayne May 2 at Saginaw Valley State (DH)* University Center, Mich. 2:00 PM May 5 Lake Erie (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 1:00 PM State has qualified for the postseason seven times in May 6 Lake Erie (DH)* Detroit, Mich. 12:00 PM the last eight years, and certainly the Warriors hope May 12-14 GLIAC Tournament Chillicothe, Ohio TBA that 2012 is the year they break through and advance May 19-22 NCAA Regional TBA TBA May 28-June 4 NCAA Championship Cary, N.C. TBA to Cary, N.C., for the NCAA Division II Championship *GLIAC game @ RussMatt Central Florida Invitational % Armstrong Atlantic Savannah Invitational All times Eastern Tournament.6 WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS SINCE 1918
  8. 8. RYAN KELLEY NINTH HEAD COACH IN PROGRAM HISTORY 2010 GLIAC COACH OF THE YEARSTAFF
  9. 9. PRESIDENT ALLAN D. GILMOUR Previously, he was a member of the boards of Ford Motor Co., DTE Energy Company, US West, MediaOne Group, Prudential Financial, Dow Chemical, Whirlpool and Universal Technical Institute. He also was chairman and a trustee of Henry Ford Health System and its foundation and a trustee of the University of Detroit Mercy, the Detroit Institute of Arts, St. Johnsbury (Vt.) Academy, and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan. The opportunity to join WSU was I am grateful for the trust the Board Allan D. Gilmour was elected by the unexpected, but one President Gilmour is of Governors has placed in me to lead Board of Governors to serve as Wayne glad to have taken. Wayne State University. Higher education State University’s 11th President on “I am proud to be part of this is a great calling. It provides unparalleled January 18, 2011. extraordinary institution,” he says. “I opportunities for so many to fulfill their President Gilmour spent most of am honored by the effort and energy greatest potential for personal and career his career at Ford Motor Company, of everyone involved, but most of all success.” from which he retired in1995 as vice Born on June 17, 1934, Gilmour was chairman. He rejoined the company as raised on his family’s dairy farm in vice chairman in 2002, and retired again Barnet, Vt. He earned a bachelor of arts in 2005. Gilmour is chairman of the degree from Harvard University and a Community Foundation for Southeast master of business administration from Michigan and on the boards of Business the University of Michigan Business Leaders for Michigan, Downtown Detroit School. While working toward a doctoral Partnership, the Detroit Zoo, and Citizens degree in finance at U-M, Gilmour was a Research Council. teaching fellow. WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF GOVERNORS Tina Debbie Eugene Diane L. Danialle Paul E. Annetta Gary Abbott Dingell Driker Dunaskiss Karmanos Massaron Miller Pollard (chair) (vice chair)8 WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS SINCE 1918
  10. 10. ATHLETIC DIRECTOR ROB FOURNIER the latest federally-mandated graduation rate report, has also initiated an outreach effort for coaches and staff WSU student-athletes received an undergraduate degree to volunteer one day a month to a charitable cause in a at a rate 26 percent higher than the comparable campus program labeled WIN -- Warriors in the Neighborhood. population. These, and other academic achievements, are Fournier served three years as a member of the NCAA recognized at the annual academic banquet, which he regional-ranking football committee whose responsibilities started in 2001. include selecting the top teams in the region each week and Fournier’s ability to generate private and corporate the teams that advance to the postseason. This year will be support has dramatically altered the physical setting of the his third on the NCAA softball regional ranking committee. athletic campus and the practice/competitive opportunities He currently serves as the chair of the GLIAC officiating for WSU committee and is past President of the Conference student-athletes. In his 11 years, he has secured Executive Committee. In women’s hockey, he served as $9,510,476 in revenue excluding an additional 1.374 the chair of the Structure Committee and a member of the million in deferred gifts. That total has helped complete Executive Committee. the following facility initiatives: football locker room; multipurpose indoor facility; baseball’s replica Fenway Park baseball stadium which displays the former Tiger Stadium scoreboard on its famous “Green Monster facade; men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms; softball grandstand, walkway and press box; a Boston Garden-like parquet floor Since Rob Fournier was named Director of Athletics at for basketball; Hall of Fame foyer; swimming video board,Wayne State University on 1 September 2000, a lot has pool deck and bleachers in the natatorium; football ticketchanged. In those 11 years, the department’s competitive booths and stadium entrance; outdoor marquee; FieldTurfsuccess, classroom achievements, outreach initiatives in and a new track; scoreboards for baseball and football withthe community and the physical structure of the athletic a video display; trainer’s treatment area; new USTA tenniscampus has seen a significant transformation. That courts; and a design charette for a new arena as well asdevelopment has followed a plan that focuses on positive a softball locker room and coaches offices. The physicalopportunities for today’s student-athletes and supporters. transformation has been both noticeable and imaginativeThe results have been telling. and boasts a number of cosmetic infrastructure changes as Prior to joining Wayne State, Fournier served as the WSU’s 11 best finishes in the prestigious NACDA Cup well. Senior Associate Commissioner and general counsel forstandings (which measures the overall competitive success the Mid-American Conference. While serving as the actingof athletic programs around the country) have all occurred Commissioner of the Conference (1999), he moved thein the last 11 years including the two highest marks ever league office from Toledo to Cleveland, wrote and securedin the past three years – 11th in 2009 and 21st in 2010. a long-term contract for the men’s basketball tournamentThose respective finishes secured that WSU would finish in at the Gund Arena (now Quicken Loans Arena) and securedthe top four and top seven percent of all Division II athletic the three largest corporate gifts in the history of the MACprograms in those respective seasons. Eight of sixteen (16) including First Energy as the tournament sponsor for theathletic teams advanced to the NCAA tournament last men’s postseason basketball tournament.season. In those 11 years WSU has catapulted over 100 He also wrote and negotiated the Motor City Bowlplaces in the NACDA rankings. Additionally, in those 11 football contract that is the MAC’s longest post-season Bowlyears, 34 WSU coaches have been named Conference Coach alignment. As the chief compliance officer for the league,of the Year while three have gone on to be distinguished Fournier investigated and reported on over 350 infractionas National Coach of the Year. For his efforts, Fournier was cases that insured fairness in case resolution and correctivehonored by NACDA as the Athletics Director of the Year in action. At the request of institutions, he has appearedthe Central Region in 2008. before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and conducted Also in 2010-11, the athletic department celebrated the campus reviews of compliance effectiveness in financialnaming of 30 All-Americans. Not surprisingly, the 163 All- aid, rules education, eligibility and institutional control.Americans that have been honored nationally in the past He has served as liaison to various NCAA committees forfive years are the most in any like period and coincidently In the past seven years alone, student-athletes have which the conference held cabinet positions. The MACexceed any 10-year period in the 93 years of WSU athletics. committed nearly 35,000 community service hours with presidents recognized Fournier’s achievements when they Last year was also a record-setting year academically such programs as St. Leo’s and St. Aloysius soup kitchens, unanimously conferred a Certificate of Commendation andand in the community. The Fall (2010) term’s cumulative Motor City Makeover, Make-A-Wish, Relay for Life, canned a mark of esteem for his efforts in 1999.grade-point average for all student-athletes was 3.08. food drives, Boys and Girls Club, Toys-for-Tots, Skate for A licensed attorney, he received his bachelor’s degreeThirteen (13) of WSU’s sixteen (16) athletic programs had the Cure, Genesis House, Focus Hope and Big Brothers/Big summa cum laude and his master’s with honors from thecumulative grade-point averages above 3.00. Sisters. University of Akron. He was a national forensics champion In addition, in only nine months, WSU student-athletes In particular, the Think Detroit/PAL initiative pairs WSU and qualified for the national finals in six events. Fourniercontributed an exemplary 7,947 community service hours student-athletes and coaches with over 13,000 Detroit received his law degree from Akron in 1986 and wasvolunteering at a variety of Detroit initiatives. The rise in school children in a variety of program and outreach admitted to the Ohio bar that same year where he is stillboth academic average and community outreach has been activities. All this is accomplished under the CHAMPS/Life licensed to practice.dramatic, consistent and unprecedented. In addition, in Skills Program, one of the first in the conference. Fournier2012 BASEBALL MEDIA GUIDE WSUATHLETICS.COM 9
  11. 11. HEAD COACH RYAN KELLEY Originally from Northville, Kelley was a four-year pitcher The 2008 squad set the WSU record for wins (34, since at Michigan (1996-1999). He would help the Wolverines broken by the 2011 team), while coming within one win win the 1997 Big Ten Championship and the 1999 Big Ten of advancing to the NCAA Division II Championship round. Tournament Championship. Following the 1997 season, Over his entire career at Wayne State, the baseball Kelley was a pitcher in the Alaskan Central Collegiate program has received 104 Academic All-GLIAC selections, baseball league for the Mat-Su Minors. 54 All-GLIAC awards and 37 All-Region honors. Kelley played high school ball at Dearborn Divine In 2008, Anthony Bass and Adam Kaminski became Child where he earned all-state and honorable mention the first WSU baseball All-Americans in 30 years, and preseason All-America honors. three years later Michael Wiseman followed suit as an All- He also completed a graduate assistant position with American. In addition, six players under Kelley’s watch the Detroit Lions and worked in WSU’s sports information have signed professional contracts with Major League office. In addition, he completed a graduate assistantship Baseball organizations - Brett Shankin (Seattle Mariners, with Stanford University’s athletic department. 2011), Ryan LaPensee (Arizona Diamondbacks, 2010), “I am very honored and humbled to be named the Justin Mazur (Kansas City Royals, 2010), Bass (San Diego head baseball coach at Wayne State University,” said Kelley. Padres, 2008), Steve Squires (Chicago White Sox, 2005), “Moving into the next chapter of WSU baseball we are eager and Randy Surratt (Chicago White Sox, 2004). for continued success. With the current players in place, Kelley’s squad is very involved in the local community. our fantastic new dugouts, and the resources available Since the 2008-09 school year the baseball team has to our student-athletes we look forward to an exciting completed approximately 3,900 community service hours Ryan Kelley, who served six seasons on the Warriors’ future. We will continue to prepare to win both on and off through a number of outreach programs in Metro Detroit. staff including three as WSU’s pitching coach prior to the field. It is my goal that our Warrior baseball student- In 2009, Caleb Dalman received the distinguished WSU being named head coach in September 2008, enters his athletes will continue to serve as leaders in our community Service Leader Award. Kelley also serves on the Board of fourth year at the helm in the 2012 season. Kelley is the efforts, achieve academic prosperity, learn how to strive Directors with the Swing 4 Fences Foundation. ninth head coach in the 72-year history of the Wayne State for and accomplish our goals on the diamond, while also University baseball program. preparing for a successful life after graduation. Ultimately, THE RYAN KELLEY FILE In 2011, the Warriors set a school record for wins (35) our student-athletes will come to realize the importance of and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA working together as a team in a family environment and be HOMETOWN: Northville, Mich. Midwest Regional for the second time in program history. proud to wear the name of Wayne State University across HIGH SCHOOL Kelley was chosen as the 2010 GLIAC Coach of the Year the front of our jerseys.” as his squad won 32 games and earned the GLIAC regular- In his six seasons as an assistant coach at WSU, the season and tournament championships. In 2009, Kelley Warriors compiled a 161-148 record (.521), won two guided the team to 25 victories, as he broke his predecessor GLIAC regular-season titles, made four GLIAC tournament COLLEGE Jay Alexander’s record for most wins by a first-year coach in appearances, and advanced to the NCAA Regional twice. program history. Since Kelley was named head coach, Wayne State has established eight new offensive team records and produced five top-10 pitching records. His success at WSU earned him an invitation to coach at the Team USA Tournament of Stars last June in Cary, N.C., where he assisted in evaluating and (1999) Baseball Scholarships selecting members of the 18U National Team which went on to win Gold at the Pan American Games. WSU CAREER “I look forward to Ryan building on our successes in baseball,” noted WSU Director of Athletics Rob Fournier following Kelley’s promotion. “The committee considered some outstanding candidates and there is no doubt that our program has risen in stature. In the end, Ryan’s OVERALL RECORD familiarity with our system, his strong work habits and Year GP Won Lost Pct. active role in building our program the last six years, was 2009 51 25 26 .490 a significant factor. I look forward to working with him to 2010 52 32 20 .615 move our baseball team into an elite echelon.” 2011 56 35 21 .625 Career 159 92 67 .579 After earning a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan, Kelley graduated with his master’s GLIAC RECORD from Wayne State University in sports administration. Year GP Won Lost Pct. Finish^ In the summer of 2004, Kelley became a community 2009* 33 18 15 .545 4th director within the WSU Office of Housing & Residential 2010* 31 23 8 .742 1st Life, a position he held until taking over as the athletic 2011* 35 22 13 .629 2nd Career 99 63 36 .636 --- department’s academic coordinator from February 2006 ^ Regular Season *Qualified for GLIAC Tournament until his promotion to head baseball coach.10 WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS SINCE 1918
  12. 12. SUPPORT STAFF LOGAN HUGHES CHRIS OGDEN Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Assistant Coach Logan Hughes is in his fourth season on the WSU Chris Ogden is in his eighth season as an assistant baseball coaching staff in 2012. He serves as the hitting baseball coach at Wayne State in 2012. Ogden, who served and defense coach, as well as the third base coach. He was as a volunteer assistant coach under Jay Alexander form named recruiting coordinator prior to the 2011 season. 2004-08, works primarily with the Warrior pitching staff. Since he began at Wayne State in 2009, the Warriors Under his watch in 2011, Wayne State pitchers posted have seen an increase in batting average from .311 in 2008, the lowest team earned-run average (3.99) in 36 years and to .329 in 2009 and .350 in 2010. The Warriors broke a tied the school record with 363 strikeouts. Among those number of offensive school records during the 2010 season on the staff were juniors Josh Wedesky, who matched theincluding batting average (.350), runs scored (385), hits (590), doubles (110), extra base hits program record with 10 victories, and Billy Hurley, who totaled eight saves and allowed just one(164), total bases (852), slugging pct (.505), RBI (335), and were one shy of tying the home run earned run during the regular season.record of 45. Hughes helped coach three First Team All-GLIAC selections in catcher Mike Wiseman In 2010 the Warrior pitchers set new top-10 marks in the team record book for innings pitchedand outfielders Ryan LaPensee and Paul LaMantia. LaPensee and LaMantia rewrote the single- (396.0; second), strikeouts (324; fifth), saves (8; tied for sixth), strikeout/walk ratio (1.79; ninth)season record books finishing one or two in runs and hits, and LaMantia set the single-season and complete games (17; tied for 10th). Among those he mentored was Justin Mazur, the 2010home run record with 13. GLIAC Pitcher of the Year. A graduate of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), he recently earned his Master’s degree in Sports Ogden is a 1998 graduate of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich. He was a four-yearAdministration from WSU. letterman for the Saints at third base and on the mound. In 1997, Ogden broke the record for Hughes was an assistant baseball coach at UMSL from 2005-07, while also serving as a varsity home runs (13) and tied the record for doubles (19) in a season. Ogden earned First Team All-assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach at Parkway North High School. He was an WHAC honors his junior year and was named to the Honorable Mention team as a senior in 1998.assistant coach at College of the Ozarks in 2007-08. While at SHU, he also went on a three-week summer tour with Team America through Germany He was a Junior College Baseball All-American in 2001 while competing at North Arkansas, and Holland in 1996 and 1997.where he hit .511 with 15 home runs and 76 RBI. Hughes later earned All-GLVC and All-Region He has conducted private instruction for over 10 years through his company, MVP Baseball,accolades in 2004 as a third baseman at UMSL. In addition, Hughes was the Great Lakes Valley focusing on all facets of the game. Ogden also constructs portable indoor mounds and otherConference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and the Richard Scharf Paragon baseball equipment.Award winner as the conference student-athlete of the year. He graduated high school from Detroit Country Day in 1993 where he was selected all-state as Hughes still ranks among the Tritons all-time best in RBI (112; sixth) and doubles (34; eighth). a senior. He has a four-year-old daughter, Sara Elaine, and resides in Auburn Hills.He tied the school record with 56 RBI in 2003 and 2004. His 21 doubles in 2003 is the second-bestmark in UMSL history, while his 70 hits in 2004 is ninth all-time. In 2006, Hughes was inducted into the North Arkansas College Hall of Fame for his academicand athletic achievements. Hughes married the former Janessa DeMuth in July, and the couple resides in Dearborn Heightswith their two labs, Mocha and Elway. ART DUDAL JOHN DOMBROWSKI Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Art Dudal enters his fourth season in 2011-12 as a coach John Dombrowski enters his fourth year with the WSU and recruiting assistant for the Wayne State University baseball program in 2012 as an assistant coach, assigned baseball program. His coaching career began in 1986 with to oversee the development and instruction of the catchers. the Glendale Mountainbacks in the Arizona Collegiate Prior to this assignment, Dombrowski was hired as an Cactus League. In 1992, he returned to his alma mater, assistant coach at Macomb Community College (2005-08). Macomb Community College, and served as an assistant He served as a roving instructor and oversaw some of the coach working with a staff he once played for. offensive and defensive aspects of the program. More In 2002, he assisted former WSU head coach Jay specifically, he was in charge of the catching instruction Alexander with the recruitment of local players and served and implementing a strength and conditioning program.as a baseball camp instructor. In his three years at Macomb, the team would post its highest divisional finish (third) in more After a year as an assistant coach at Rochester College, Dudal was hired as the head coach and than 10 years. This would earn the Monarchs consecutive NJCAA regional appearances.hitting instructor in 2004, guiding the squad to a World Series appearance in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Eastpointe native has coached many amateur teams and has over two decades of coaching Dudal returned to MCC in 2005 and spent two seasons as the team’s pitching coach. During that experience. He has enjoyed measurable success in the recruitment and placement of local hightime, Dudal saw the Monarchs achieve their highest divisional finish (third) in more than a decade school players into the college ranks.and make consecutive NJCAA regional appearances. “I want to thank Coach Kelley for giving me a great opportunity to become part of the Wayne Since 1989, Dudal has managed many local federation programs and coached several players State baseball program. I consider this an honor,” said Dombrowski.who went on to forge successful collegiate and professional careers. Dudal was a two-year Dombrowski attended Macomb Community College and Saginaw Valley State University. Heletterwinner at Macomb (1987-89), posting a 9-4 career pitching record and helping the team and his wife, Brenda, have two daughters, Allie (23) and Megan (9).win back-to-back division titles. Dudal, who holds a bachelor’s degree from WSU and worked for the University with theDepartment of Public Safety from 1990-93, and his wife, Vistina, have two sons, Devin (14) andBryce (12).2012 BASEBALL MEDIA GUIDE WSUATHLETICS.COM 11

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