Thursday May 12, 2011
2011-12 head baseball coach named
By Sarah Ehrlich
Stability is key when securing and progressing a team from a struggling program to a successful team. With stability comes consistency in practice, players, and coaching staff.
The first year baseball team began with an under-qualified coach who was quickly removed from the program. Stepping up to bat from the assistant coach position, Roby Wilson became interim head coach immediately thereafter while Josh Barnett became the new assistant coach.
“We felt the timing to search for a permanent coach wasn’t right,” said Doug Quint, athletic director. “The goal was to perform a national search and have Coach Wilson go through the process at the end of the season like everyone else.”
“Coach Wilson did some good things in managing the team,” said Quint, “and he brought some stability to the program during a rough transition.”
As the summer approaches, the hiring staff has been accepting and reviewing potential applicants for a more permanent head baseball coach. The hiring committee consists of Allan Grosbach, Amanda LeClair, Shay Maclin, Kent Eaton, Scott Hooker, Phil Schoenwetter, and Doug Quint.
As the staff went through over 90 applications, they searched for key qualities during the elimination process These key qualities include stability, coaching philosophies, experience, and values for discipline. Most importantly, the hiring staff evaluates the applicant’s values on life in general.
“The coach needs to understand it’s not about the wins or losses or the sport itself,” Quint said, “that’s the bi-product. It’s bigger. We use sports to teach life lessons and to be successful in life.”
“The interview process is very intense and time consuming but the committee values choosing the right person. The bottom line is we owe it to the players to give them a first-class experience”
“A permanent coach will add sheer stability and direction with measurable goals to accomplish,” Quint said.
Andrew Ehling fit the description.
Monday morning, Quint announced that Ehling would be the new head coach for next season.
“I’m pleased and excited about our committee’s decision in the hiring of Andrew,” Quint said. “He is a high class individual, who we feel confident will instill a tradition of excellence in our baseball program both on the field and in the classroom. I look forward to working with Andrew as we build that tradition on McPherson College.”
Ehling spent the last three seasons as the pitching coach at the University of Central Missouri, three seasons as pitching coach at Hutchinson Community College (Kansas), one year as an assistant at Odessa College (Texas), one year as a student assistant at Kansas State, one summer season as head coach of the Hutchinson Monarchs Baseball Club (Kansas), and had some managerial stints with the Edmonton Prospects Baseball Club (Alberta, Canada) and the Salina Blue Jays (Kansas).
As a student athlete, Ehling played two seasons at Butler Community College (Kansas) before finishing out his college career at Kansas State.
“I’m excited to become a part of the McPherson community and McPherson College baseball,” Ehling said. “It’s a rare opportunity for a coach to get a chance to build a program and I look forward to helping McPherson build a tradition of excellence in baseball.”