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.
In his 3 years as head coach Blake has lead the Cardinals to an 86-74 overall record. They have sent a total of 28 guys to four-year colleges, including 4 guys who have signed at NCAA Division I schools.
Blake can be reached at 573-518-1330
or @ email@example.com
Follow Blake @bajones37 on Twitter.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator- 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.
Follow Jordan @JordanSThompson on Twitter
Assistant Coach- Ryan Vruggink
Ryan Vruggink will be joining the Mineral Area staff for his first season. A former pitcher at both the University of Houston and Arkansas Tech University, he will be in charge of working with the pitching staff on a day to day basis. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and plans to work on obtaining a Master of Education (Med) degree during his time at MAC enrolling at the CMU campus in Park Hills.
Ryan had served as an assistant coach, also in charge of working with the pitchers, for the Martinsville Mustangs, a collegiate summer league team in the Coastal Plains League.
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Assistant Coach - Brandon Hubbard