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Ryan Schmalz will lead Trevecca into the NCAA Division ll era after serving seven years as an assistant to Jeff Sziksai at NCAA Division ll Lincoln Memorial University and two years as an assistant at NCAA Division l Morehead State University.

Video Introducing Ryan Schmalz HERE

Mark Elliott & Ryan Schmalz on 102.5 the Game HERE

City Paper article on Schmalz HERE

Schmalz, 32, is the ninth Trevecca coach after replaceing Mike Lord at the helm of the program.

In addition to his success as an assistant at the NCAA level, Schmalz played for two NAIA World Series teams at Olivet Nazarene University. These successful experiences give Schmalz confidence to make the jump to the head coaching position at Trevecca. Schmalz said, "I am humbled and blessed to be a part of the Trevecca Nazarene University community. Trevecca has a rich baseball tradition and we plan to build upon that foundation as we move forward into the NCAA world."

Schmalz is eager to help Trojan Baseball win the first-ever G-MAC Baseball Championship. He said his vision for the program starts with pitching and defense: "My vision for TNU Baseball is to be an elite NCAA Division II team that will be a perennial championship contender. There are a lot of ways to win baseball games. A common thread that all championship teams have is tremendous pitching and defense. It is really hard to win without those things, and that will be a focus in the recruiting and development process."

Schmalz began his coaching career at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, a NCAA Division l program in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). While with the Eagles, Schmalz was fortunate enough to coach the OVC Player of the yYear in Lance Seasor and Chicago White Sox draft pick Henry Mabee. With Schmalz on staff the program improved by 15 wins. The 2005 team led the OVC in slugging percentage, runs scored, RBI, doubles, home runs, total bases which aided the increase from 14 wins in 2004 to 28 in 2005.

He comes to Trevecca from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. The Railsplitters are members of the NCAA Division ll South Atlantic Conference. LMU had 20 all-conference players and were ranked in the top 20 nationally in eight different NCAA D II categories. The program saw eight different players drafted or signed while Schmalz was recruiting coordinator. The program grew dramatically while Schmalz was on the staff. From 2003 to 2005, the three years prior to Schmalz's  arrival, the program averaged 12 wins, a .263 batting average, .42 home runs per game, a .718 OPS (on base plus slugging percentage) and 5.36 runs per game. During Schmalz's time (2006-2012) those numbers rose to an average of 28 wins, a .315 batting average, .90 home runs per game, a .878 OPS, and 7.70 runs per game. Another highlight was coaching 2012 NCAA Division ll All-American Andre Rodriquez.

Schmalz finished his college career at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. There he played for Trevecca Hall of Famer Elliot Johnson and the Tigers' first two NAIA World Series teams. He was the president of ONU's Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization. His first two years of college ball were spent as a junior college player.

His undergraduate degree is from Olivet where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. He obtained his Master of Arts degree from Morehead State University.  

Schmalz is married to Rebecca Geasa Schmalz and together they have two daughters, Molly and Jane.

While at Olivet Schmalz played with Ben Zobrist who is now with the Tampa Bay Rays. Zobrist says, "Ryan Schmalz is a great friend and man of Godly character who pursues excellence in every area of his life.  TNU and the young men on his team will be blessed by his knowledge and passion for the game as well as his ability to connect and lead them as they compete to glorify Christ. "

Note: Zobrist, who is an Major League Baseball player and All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays, and Schmalz played together at Olivet Nazarene University and have remained friends.

Former Trevecca baseball coach Elliot Johnson says, "Congratulations to Ryan Schmalz on becoming the new head coach at Trevecca! Ryan was a dedicated player with a very positive influence, and I'm sure he'll do well as a head coach. I'll be rooting for him to have great success at TNU."

Note: Johnson coached at Trevecca for 11 years and is in the Trevecca and ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association) Hall of Fame. He later coached at Olivet Nazarene University where he led the Tigers to the NAIA World Series on two occasions. Ryan Schmalz was on both of those teams.

Jeff Sziksai, head baseball coach at Lincoln Memorial University, said, "I am so excited for Ryan and his family. He is so deserving of this opportunity, and while I am saddened to lose a great assistant and friend, I know he will do an outstanding job at TNU," Sziksai continued, "Ryan has been the consummate professional in his time at LMU. He has been incredibly loyal and hard-working, two characteristics that I value above all others within our program. He has paid his dues, and his reputation as a tireless worker and recruiter makes him an obvious choice to be a head coach."

"Ryan will be dearly missed by our current and former players, co-workers and this community. We are losing a great person, and great representative of the Blue and Gray. I wish my friend all the best in his new position."

 

 
 
2013 Baseball Roster
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Tyler TichenorFRIF/OFL/R5-8155Centertown, KyOhio County HS
2Justin DaileyJRLHPL/L5-8173Clarksville, Tenn.Clarksville HS
3Cade SeeleySOINFR/R5-7176Smyrna, Tenn.Cleveland State CC
4Rob RowlandJRRHPR/R6-1186Franklin, Tenn.Independence HS/Lee Univ.
8Chad McDanielSRINFR/R5-9156Hendersonville, Tenn.Hendersonville HS
9Mark RayburnSRINFR/R6-0171Etowah, Tenn.McMinn Central HS/Columbia State CC
10Jordan ForemanSROFS/R5-10183Orange, Calif.El Modena HS/Cypress CC
11Luke FennellJRCR/R5-10198Franklin, Tenn.Centennial HS
12Trae WeissSROFL/R6-0187Dickson, Tenn.Dickson Co. HS/Western Kentucky
13Heath HawkinsFROFR/R6-0188Madisonville, Tenn.Christian Academy of Knoxville
14Codi WebbSRRHPR/R5-10167College Grove, Tenn.Page HS
15Blake RogersSROFR/R5-9186Lawrenceburg, Tenn.Lawrence Co HS/Columbia State CC
16Dylan KuhnSRRHPR/R6-4245Buena Park, Calif.Sunny Hills HS/Cypress CC
17Justin HollandSROFL/L6-2207Hazel Green, Ala.Sparkman HS/Northwest Shoals CC
18Austin HuibersJRLHPL/L6-3198Waterdown Ontario, CanadaColombia State CC
20Nick HowellJROFL/L6-3184Hendersonville, Tenn.Beech HS/Columbia St. CC
21Bryan SmithFRRHPR/R6-1155Unionville, TennEagleville,HS
22Jeffrey ScarrittSOINFR/R5-9154Spring Hill, Tenn.Spring Hill HS
23Alex ShouldersJRRHPR/R5-11190Hermitage, TennJackson State CC
24Dakota AngellSRRHPR/R6-1193Cottontown, Tenn.Station Camp HS/Vol State CC
25Hunter NewmanFR1B/RHPR/R6-1224Chapmansboro, Tenn.Goodpasture HS
26Corey CrunkSRINFR/R5-9170Murfreesboro, Tenn.Riverdale HS
27Tim BowlesSRRHPR/R6-0170Hendersonville, Tenn.Belmont University
28Michael DonaldsonJRRHPR/R6-0177Dickson, Tenn.Creekwood HS/Roane St. CC
30Ryne RayburnSRRHPR/R6-5237Etowah, Tenn.McMinn Central HS/Columbia State CC
31Mason DunnFRRHPR/R5-9160Goodlettsville, Tenn.Beech HS
32Cameron BoyettFRCR/R5-9175Rockvale, Tenn.Eagleville HS
33Connor HaddockJRRHPR/R6-3195Yorba Linda, Calif.Cypress CC
34Chad PritchettFRINFR/R6-1145Jasper, Ala. Walker HS
35Austin SiskFRPR/R5-10200Kodak, Tenn. Sevier County HS
37Alex AuberyFRCR/R6-1187Hendersonville, Tenn.Hendersonville HS
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Chase Birdwell
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