MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Doug Sanders, an assistant coach at Kent State during its 2012 run to the College World Series, has joined the Central Michigan Baseball program as an assistant, head coach Steve Jaksa announced Wednesday.
A standout infielder at Kent State from in 2007 and 2008, Sanders spent three seasons as a volunteer assistant for the Golden Flashes where he was responsible for infield and outfield defensive instruction that led to the 29th best defense in the country in 2010 and eighth best defense in 2011.
Sanders was a part of Scott Stricklin’s staff that made an improbable run through the NCAA Regional and Super Regional to earn a spot in the College World Series before spending last season as a full-time assistant at Malone University.
“We are very excited to add Doug to our staff,” Jaksa said. “He was a player that worked hard for everything he earned and he will do the same as a coach at Central Michigan. He was a grinder as a player and that kind of work ethic will complement our staff. He has a very good feel from an offensive standpoint and understands the system we use. He is familiar with the Mid-American Conference, having played and coached in it, and his comfort level within and knowledge of the league will help us move forward as a program.”
At CMU, in addition to other duties, Sanders will be responsible for hitting instruction, infield defense and base running on the field, while assisting in recruiting, travel planning and scouting reports off the field.
Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Kent State in 2008.
The announcement finalizes Jaksa’s coaching staff for the 2014 campaign as he also has announced former Chippewa star Will Arnold as a volunteer assistant and Scott Marinier as an undergraduate assistant. Aaron McLater will also continue his duties as the full-time strength and conditioning coach, which includes nutrition education and implementation.
Arnold spent 2013 as an undergraduate assistant for the Chippewas and will expand his duties in 2013-14. He will continue to work primarily with the catchers and assist with game planning and in hitting instruction.
Marinier will assist with pitcher development under assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jeff Opalewski.