MINERAL AREA COLLEGE
Baseball Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Blake Jones
High School: Caledonia (MO)
College: Mineral Area College (2005-2006)
Lincoln University (2009)
Former Mineral Area College pitcher Blake Jones is in his third season as Head Baseball Coach at Mineral Area College. In his first season as head coach Blake lead the Cardinals to the Region XVI championship game. The Cardinals were 31-26 last year. In his second season, Blake lead Mineral Area to a 25-25 overall record with a 16-12 record in the Region 16 and 9-7 record in the MCCAC. In two seasons Blake has compiled a 56-51 record as the Cardinals skipper. Coach Jones replaced Head Coach Stan Walden. Coach Jones served as Coach Walden’s assistant for two seasons, and worked as Jim Gerwitz’s assistant coach for two seasons prior to that. Blake played summer baseball for Coach Walden and Hal Loughary for the Farmington Firebirds for three seasons.
Blake Jones played his high school career at nearby Valley of Caledonia High School, where he was a three time All-State athlete in baseball. Jones then went on to pitch at Mineral Area College from 2004-2006. He participated in the Region 16 All-Star game his sophomore season at MAC. Blake then went on to finish up his baseball career at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to coach baseball at Mineral Area College,” stated Jones. “I’m looking forward to the challenges of being a head coach in Region 16. Having a played at MAC, it’s an honor to now be able to coach here.”
Blake started his coaching career at Lincoln University in Jefferson City where he helped the pitching staff lower its earned run average by a over a run per game. Andy Moss a former Mineral Area College baseball player was a member of Blake's staff and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Three seasons ago, two of Blake's pitchers signed with Division I schools. Dustin Hunter decided to continue his playing career at Western Illinois and Tyler Beers signed with with Murray State. Three seasons ago Tim Vonder Haar signed with Murray State and the Cardinals enjoyed one of their finest seasons in the program's history going 31-18. Two seasons MAC's pitching staff helped lead the way for the Cardinals who finished at 33-23. At one point this past season MAC was 8th in the country in ERA as a team. Jeff King was a 10 game winner as a freshman and won 17 games over two years while at MAC. Blake has coached eleven MCCAC All-Conference players as well as two Region 16 All-Region players in his two years as head coach.
Blake can be reached at 573-518-1330
or @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow Blake @bajones37 on Twitter.
Assistant Coach - Recruiting Coordinator - Mike Overman
High School: Union (MO) - 2004
College: Southwestern Illinois College – AS – 2006
Lincoln University – BA – 2008
Lincoln University – MA – 2012
Mike Overman enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Mineral Area baseball team. Two seasons ago Mike helped lead the Cardinals to the Region XVI championship game with a total of 31 season wins. His duties include working with hitters, the team’s defense, and assisting with recruiting. Overman came to MAC after serving as an assistant coach at North Central Missouri College from 2009-2011.
Under Overman’s leadership, the 2014 Cardinal offense had a breakthrough year in several offensive categories. The MAC hitters produced 381 runs, 534 hits, 170 extra base hits and finished with a team batting average of .301. The offense belted 49 home runs as a team, which was good for 7th in the nation and 113 doubles, which ranked 19th nationally. Sophomore shortstop Hunter Leeper was named 1st Team All-Region and sophomore catcher/dh Brad Cuyos earned 1st Team All-Region honors after finishing 4th in the nation with 14 home runs.
In 2013, Coach Overman helped lead the Cardinals to a 33-23 record. Under Overman, the team’s offense produced 334 runs, a .293 average, 484 hits, and 139 extra base hits, including 25 home runs. Freshman shortstop Hunter Leeper was named to the All-Region XVI team.
During Mike’s first season as part of the coaching staff in 2012, he helped lead the team to a 29-24 record. The Cardinal offense produced 310 runs, a .316 average, 451 hits, 147 extra base hits, and 42 home runs. Sophomore third baseman Tanner Glore and sophomore catcher Cody Garlington were named to the All-Region XVI team.
Coach Overman began his coaching career at Lincoln University in 2008 following a two year playing career there. Along with working numerous camps and clinics, Overman was also the hitting coach for the championship winning Laramie Colts of the Mountain Collegiate Summer Baseball League in the summer of 2009. He has also coached multiple summer showcase teams.
Overman attended Union High School and was an all-conference and all-state baseball and football player, as well as being a part of two state playoff teams. He began his collegiate career at Southwestern Illinois College. At SWIC, Overman was a starting pitcher and outfielder. After graduating from SWIC, he moved on to play two seasons at Lincoln University under coach Jim Dapkus. At Lincoln, he was an all heartland conference outfielder as a senior. Mike holds a Master's degree in History
and teaches in Mineral Area's History and Physical Education Departments.
Mike can be reached at 573-518-2224
or @ email@example.com
Follow Mike @moverman on Twitter
Assistant Coach - Brandon Hubbard
Assistant Coach - Stan Walden
Stan Walden is back helping out with the baseball team. He will assist with recruiting and on the field duties. Stan was the head coach at MAC for two seasons. Under his leadership, MAC had two winning seasons going 29-24 and 33-23 his second year. His overall record was 62-47 in his two seasons. Coach Walden was named MCCAC "Coach of the Year" in 2013. Before being named head coach, Stan served as an assistant coach under Jim Gerwitz for four seasons. While he was an assistant, Coach Walden was instrumental in the team's success for the four seasons he served as as recruiting coordinator and working with the Cardinals offense and defense. Stan has a long history in the game including 30 years of coaching baseball at all levels. As a high school coach (at Caruthersville and Farmington ) from 1981 to 2004, his teams had an overall record of 335 wins and 192 losses; winning 10 district championships and appearing in 4 Missouri High School state quarterfinals. Walden has also been part of the coaching staff of Team Missouri, participating in the Junior Sunbelt series; and also the MSHBCA Senior All-Star series. In addition to high school coaching, Walden spent three summers coaching in a collegiate wood bat league, winning a KITTY League championship in 2005 with a record of 42-8 with the Farmington Firebirds. He has also ran numerous instructional baseball camps and clinics for players and coaches of all ages. Walden also served as an Associate Scout with the Kansas City Royals. He was inducted into the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association "Hall of Fame" in 2001.
Assistant Coach - Jordan Thompson
Jordan Thompson is returning to MAC as an assistant baseball coach. Jordan played 2 years of baseball for Mineral Area College and graduated with an AA in 2011. Jordan continued his baseball career at William Woods University for his final two years and graduated with a Psychology degree in 2013. After undergrad, Jordan enrolled in Eastern Illinois University to earn his masters degree in sports administration and kinesiology. He has been a high school assistant at Charleston high school and Bismarck high, and is excited to be back home and joining the Mineral Area coaching staff. Jordan is from Desloge Missouri.
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