Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Brett Haring's impact on the Central Michigan baseball program can be seen after three seasons with the Chippewas, as they captured back-to-back Mid-American Conference West title in 2010 and ’11 and advanced to the MAC Tournament championship game in 2012.
Haring joined the Central Michigan baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach in January 2010. He works closely with the Chippewas' position players as the hitting instructor.
The tutelage of Haring was instrumental in Nate Theunissen becoming the program's all-time hit king as the local Mount Pleasant native finished his career ranked first in hits (256) and at-bats (804), second in doubles (53), third in runs batted in (183), extra-base hits (83) and total bases (397) and tied for seventh in home runs (27).
The Chippewas offense ranked in the top 50 in the country in five offensive categories in 2012, including runs scored (32nd -386), hits (45th - 605), doubles (46th - 112), home runs (48th - 40) and base on balls (14th - 274). CMU also set a new program record with a combined 2,175 at-bats.
In 2011, the Chippewas scored the third most runs and pounded out 66 extra-base hits against MAC opponents while ranking fifth in the MAC in batting average and hits in conference play. Junior Tyler Hall had a breakout season at the plate under Haring's tutelage, hitting .367 overall with 84 hits and 46 runs scored. His 11 triples led the NCAA and set a CMU single-season record.
During Haring's first season in the 2010, the Chippewas rose all the way to
fourth in team batting average, hitting .315 during league games, after posting
the lowest team batting average a year prior. The Chippewas also drew a
league-best 106 walks during MAC games.
A CMU baseball alum, Haring earned four letters from 1994-97. He twice
earned both honorable mention All-MAC honors and honorable mention Academic
All-MAC honors and helped the Chippewas to a pair of MAC Tournament titles in
1994 and 1995, securing a pair of bids to the NCAA Tournament. Haring was selected
to the all-regional tournament team in 1995 after hitting .600 at the LSU
Professionally, Haring spent five seasons as a pitcher with the Cincinnati
Reds' and Texas Rangers' organizations. He was named the Reds' minor league
left-handed pitcher of the Year by the Sporting News in 1999 and posted the
third-best ERA in 1998 and 1999. Haring also spent parts of one season with
both the Rangers and Long Island of the Atlantic League.
After leaving Central Michigan in 1997 to compete professionally, Haring returned and earned a bachelor's of science degree in education with concentrations in physical education and earth science in 2003.