Coaches

Jeff Willis, Head Coach
Louisiana State Univ. Eunice, Head Coach
Career Record: 378-105 (.783)

Willis just completed his eighth season as head coach at LSU Eunice where he led the Bengals to the 2010 NJCAA DII World Series title and a 52-13 record. During his tenure with LSU Eunice he has received five ABCA Region Coach of the Year Awards, six NJCAA Region 23 Coach of the Year Awards, five NJCAA Central District Coach of the Year Awards, a Louisville Slugger Coach of the Year Award and has twice been named NJCAA Division II Coach of the Year. He has led the program to six Region 23 titles, four NJCAA District championships and three NJCAA DII World Series Championships. The 2010 season saw two of Willis’ players earn NJCAA ABCA Player of the Year and NJCAA Easton Defensive Player of the Year honors (Raph Rhymes and Jacob Fisher). Willis also previously coached the NJCAA All-Stars in 2008 in a four-game series versus Chinese Taipei. In addition to his baseball coaching duties, Willis is also the Director of Athletics at LSU Eunice as well as the NJCAA Men’s Assistant Director for Region 23.

Marc Rardin, Assistant Coach
Iowa Western Community College, Head Coach
Career Record: 352-117 (.751)

Iowa Western Community College head baseball coach Marc Rardin just completed his eighth season with the Reivers, guiding the program to its first NJCAA Division I World Series Championship. Over the past eight seasons he has led the program to 352 wins and only 117 losses (.751). During that time IWCC has won the Region 11 championship seven times along with five NJCAA District titles. His Reivers have advanced to the NJCAA DI World Series five out of the past six years. Rardin has produced seven NJCAA All-Americans, two Rawlings Big Stick Award winners, the 2007 ABCA NJCAA DI Player of the Year and the 2010 NJCAA Easton Defensive Player of the Year (Ivan Hartle). Rardin also previously coached the NJCAA All-Stars in 2008 in a four-game series versus Chinese Taipei.

John Stratton, Assistant Coach
Arizona Western College
Career Record: 793-600 (.567)

Stratton has been the head coach at Arizona Western College for 26 years and has collected nearly 800 victories during that time. He is the longest tenured baseball coach in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. He has guided the Matadors to three conference titles and two Region 1 Championships. In 1996 he led AWC to the Western District title and the school’s only appearance at the DI World Series where they finished third. Known in many baseball circles with a good eye for talent, Stratton has spent two summers on the USA Baseball Trials staff that helped select top high school players to compete on the USA Baseball 18U team.

Other Team Personnel

Dave Grant
NJCAA Baseball Coaches Assn., President
Glendale Community College, Ariz. – Athletic Director

In addition to serving as the President of the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association, Grant is also the Athletic Director at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Ariz. He oversees an athletic department that consists of nine men’s sports and eight women’s teams. He served head baseball coach for the Gauchos from 1979-2009. During his tenure he guided Glendale to four Region I titles and two NJCAA World Series appearances – one at the Division I level (1991) and another in the Division II ranks (2003). Grant surpassed the 800 win mark in 2007 and retired in 2009 with a career record of 877-743. Outside of his duties at GCC, Grant has been heavily involved with USA Baseball. In 2001 he served as the head coach of the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18U), which won a silver medal at the PanAm Junior Championships. He is a regular participant at the USA National Team trials and has frequently assisted in the selection process for USA National Teams. In 2002, Grant was the head coach of the NJCAA All-Star team that hosted a five game friendship series against the Chinese National Team, winning three of the five games.

Rick Hitt
NJCAA Baseball Coaches Assn., Vice President
South Florida Community College – Head Coach & Athletic Director

Rick Hitt is a man the wears many hats. He is the Vice President of the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association and serves as the organization’s International Chairman. Hitt and Dave Grant were instrumental in getting the NJCAA All-Star Team the official invitation to the 2010 Haarlem Honkball Tournament. Hitt is also the Athletic Director and head baseball coach at South Florida Community College in Avon Park, Fla. He has guided the Panthers to the post-season three times since 2004 and during his 11 years he has sent 94 players to four-year institutions or professional baseball contracts. Hitt is a former NJCAA baseball player, having stared for Santa Fe Community College, Fla. As a pitcher, he helped the Saints reach the 1985 NJCAA World Series under Hall of Fame coach Harry Tholen. Hitt also currently serves as the baseball chair for the Southern Conference in Region 8 and is a member of the Florida Community College Activities Association Baseball Committee.

George Sanders
Florida State College at Jacksonville – Athletic Director

George Sanders is in his fourth full year with Florida State College at Jacksonville and his 23nd year in the Florida Community College system. He joined the FSCJ staff in December 2005 after spending 18 years at Manatee Community College, now State College of Florida. During those 18 years, he served as a professional assistant in the health and physical education department, head athletic trainer, a full-time faculty member and was named as full-time athletic director in May 1994. Sanders was named “Outstanding Graduate” in health, physical education and recreation in 1985 at Carson-Newman College. He then earned a master of education degree in physical education in 1988 at University of Georgia. Sanders is an active member of both state and national organizations in athletic training (NATA and ATAF) and the Florida Community College Activities Association. He also was just recently elected to serve as the NJCAA Assistant Men’s Director for Region 8  in Region VIII.

Mark Krug
NJCAA Assistant Executive Director

Mark Krug has been on staff with the NJCAA since September 2006. In 2008 he was elevated to Director of Sports Information and Media Relations and most recently to Assistant Executive Director. Krug’s duties in the national office include day-to-day operations of the NJCAA website, media relations, marketing, video streaming and championship events.

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