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 second 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. Coach Jones replaced 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 can be reached at 573-518-1330
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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 fourth season as an assistant coach for the Mineral Area baseball team. Last season 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
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Assistant Coach - Garrett Wiggans
High School: Macon R-1 -2006
College: Mineral Area College (2006-2008)
Lincoln University - (2008-2009)
Former Mineral Area College pitcher Garrett Wiggans enters his second year as Mineral Area College pitching coach. Garrett lettered all four years in football, basketball, and baseball at Macon High School. He was All-State and Player of the Year in Clarence Cannon Conference in 2006. He played two years at MAC under Coach Gerwitz and graduated from Mineral Area in 2008. He played 1 year at Division II Lincoln University under Coach Dapkus, Coach Jones, and Coach Overman. In the summer of 2009 Garrett had Tommy John Surgery that ended his playing career.
In 2012 he was an assistant coach at South Callaway High School and they won the 2012 State Championship. While at South Callaway Garrett coached current SEMO player Hunter Leeper, who bolstered a two time All-Region XVI, and a two time All Conference resume. Hunter was also an All-American Nominee in 2014 at MAC. He also coached Konrad Kemper who now plays at William Woods University. Garrett’s pitching staff is led by current All-Region XVI and All MCCCA pitcher Justin Murphy. Justin was 9-4 with an ERA of 3.95 and 68 strikeouts in 2014.
Garrett can be reached at 573-518-2224
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Assistant Coach - Brandon Hubbard