First Posted: 4/25/2012 11:07:33 AM | Last Updated: 4/25/2012 11:07:34 AM
12th-year Thomas More College Head Baseball Coach Jeff Hetzer earned his 300th career win (all at Thomas More) on Tuesday (April 24, 2012) when his Saints defeated Capital University, 11-3, in a non-conference game in Columbus, Ohio.
The Saints are 23-10 this season which makes Hetzer's career record 300-162-3 for a winning percentage of .648.
Hetzer, the winningest baseball coach in Thomas More history, took over the program in 2001 and has guided the Saints to 12 consecutive winning seasons and have won 20 plus games in 11 of his 12 seasons. Since joining the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) during the 2005-2006 academic year, he has led the Saints to two PAC regular season title and two PAC tournament titles, while never missing the four-team PAC Championship Tournament. Hetzer has also guided the Saints to three NCAA Division III Championship Tournament berths where they finished regional finalists in 2003 and regional semi-finalists in 2010 and 2011.
Hetzer has had 40 players named All-PAC, including 16 named first team since joining the PAC in 2006. He has had two PAC Player of the Year as well as one PAC Pitcher of the Year. During his tenure, Hetzer has had 22 Saints named all-region (ABCA), one Pitcher of the Year in the region (ABCA) and five All-American (ABCA and D3baseball.com). Hetzer has had two post-graduate scholarship recipients as well as 13 all-district academic players and six Capital One Academic All-Americans.
Hetzer expects excellence both in the classroom and on the field. In the classroom his teams have had a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better in 21 of his 23 semesters. As for baseball his goals each season for the team are to earn the No. 1 seed in the PAC Tournament, win the PAC tournament and be invited to the NCAA Tournament. To achieve these goals, Hetzer's teams are marked by aggressive play and excellent fundamentals. He insists that his players be in top condition and play disciplined baseball.
Hetzer, a graduate of Elder High School and Northern Kentucky University, also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director at Thomas More and resides in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, with his wife Rebecca and their son, Ryan and daughter, Olivia.