2011 Baseball
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19-32 (.373) 9-15 (.375) Lost 2 10-8 4-17 5-7
2011 Baseball Coaches
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Chad Newhard
Head Coach- 3rd Season

Chad Newhard begins his third season at the helm of Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011.

Newhard saw his team make tremendous strides in his second season. The Wildcats finished runner-up in the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament and also made a trip to the NCCAA World Series. IWU finished with a ten win improvement over the previous season.

Indiana Wesleyan finished the season breaking school records for total hits and stolen base. The stolen base mark of 155 was good for fourth in the nation for all NAIA schools. Indiana Wesleyan also saw Quinn Nofziger garner MCC All-Conference and NCCAA All-American honors.

In his first season with the Wildcats, Newhard saw pitcher Josh Worrell selected in round 30 of the major league draft by the Kansas City Royals. Three players earned All-Mid-Central College Conference honors in addition to Worrell being named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week.

Newhard came to Indiana Wesleyan from Tabor College, located in Hillsboro, Kansas. He spent one season at Tabor and under his leadership the Blue Jays broke school records for runs scored and RBIs in a season.

Newhard returned to Indiana where he played collegiate baseball and coached. He earned a B.S. in Sports Studies at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana and went on to earn his Master's Degree in Secondary Education at Indiana University.

During his four year career at Grace (1996-1999), Newhard ranks in the Lancers' top-10 in three offensive categories for career marks. He ranks sixth in hits with 136, fourth in runs with 93 and third in walks with 82. Newhard also ranks in the top-10 in single season performance with 48 hits in 1998 and 26 walks in 1998 and 1999.

Newhard, a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, began his coaching career in 2000 as an assistant coach at Grace, followed by duties as an assistant at Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Michigan from 2001-2002.

Glen Oaks named Newhard the head coach in 2003 where he compiled a 66-39 record over two seasons. Each season, Newhard led Glen Oaks to a national ranking in the top-15. He had over 30 student-athletes transfer to play at four year institutions during his time at Glen Oaks, including six NCAA Division I signees.

After Glen Oaks, Newhard accepted a position as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I IPFW.

Newhard was the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for IPFW during his three seasons at the school from 2005-2007. During his time there, IPFW finished 29th in the nation in batting average and ninth in stolen bases while the Mastodons set a team record for wins in a season at the NCAA Division I level.

He has worked several major camps throughout the Midwest including camps at University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, Ball State University and University of Toledo. Recently, Newhard was a featured speaker at the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association state clinic.

Newhard has also spent time as a Major League Baseball associate scout. From 2001-2004, Newhard did scouting work for the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.

"We are ecstatic to have a coach of Chad's caliber on our staff at Indiana Wesleyan," said Indiana Wesleyan athletic director Mark DeMichael. "Chad brings diverse college coaching experiences that have enabled him to foster excellent baseball connections throughout the state of Indiana and across the border to Michigan, Ohio and Illinois."

"The thing that separates Chad is his ability to communicate a vision for the baseball program that encompasses athletic excellence, academic success and spiritual and character mentorship," said DeMichael. "These are the things that Indiana Wesleyan Wildcat Athletics are all about and I believe Chad will take the Wildcat Baseball Program to new heights in all of those areas."

He and his wife Karen have a son Nicholas and currently reside in Marion.




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George Phares
Assistant Coach

Coach George Phares enters his fourth year as an assistant at Indiana Wesleyan University. Phares has been the position coach for All-Conference performers Kory Hollensteiner in 2009 and for Quinn Nofziger in 2010

Phares will work with the outfielders as well as assist with the Wildcat hitters. He came to Indiana Wesleyan after 38 years as a high school head coach. He spent seven years at Morristown and 31 years at Taylor High School. Phares' Taylor team won the Indiana 2A State Championship in 2000 and was 2A State Runner-Up in 2002. Phares was honored as the Class 2A and Hoosier Diamond Coach of the year in 2000.

Phares saw over 40 of his players compete in college baseball and also coached four professional draft picks. Phares was inducted into the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.

Phares is the proud father of three adult children, Tim, Jennifer and Susan, and he has five grandchildren. He and his wife Martha currently reside in Kokomo.

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Josh Stearns
Assistant Coach

Coach Josh Stearns enters his fifth season as an assistant coach at Indiana Wesleyan University. In 2009, Stearns was the position coach for 2009 All-Conference catcher Alex Ridlen.

Stearns will work with the catchers and assist with the Wildcat hitters. Stearns played his collegiate baseball at IWU for head coach Mark DeMichael. Josh and his wife Lani have a son, Leyton, and a daughter, Jada

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Brian Abbott
Assistant Coach

Coach Abbott enters his third season as pitching coach at Indiana Wesleyan University. The pitching staff in 2010 saw improvements in ERA, complete game and total strikeouts. In 2009, Abbott saw Josh Worrell garner an All-Conference selection and a selection in the 30th round of the major league draft by the Kansas City Royals.

Prior to his arrival at IWU, Abbott spent one season at Manchester (Ind.) College and was the pitching coach for Huntington (Ind.) University from 1998-2007. During that time Abbott was part of a Huntington team that played in five consecutive NAIA regional tournaments.

Abbott also spent 18 seasons as the head coach at Eastbrook High School. His tenure at Eastbrook included three sectional titles, one regional title and a Final Four appearance in 1999. Abbott also led his Eastbrook teams to seven Grant 4 Titles, a MIC and CIC title. Abbott was honored as Grant County Coach of the Year seven times, was a three-time IHSBCA District Coach of the Year, and head coach of the North team during the 2004 North-South All-Star Game.

He is the current assistant executive director of the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches' Association.

Abbott played collegiate ball at Huntington. Abbott and his wife Trisha have a son named Tyler, and a daughter Briley. The couple resides in Huntington.