MARINETTE — The baseball coaches at Central Michigan University are excited to bring their knowledge and passion for baseball to the Marinette area in early August.
CMU’s baseball team is led by head coach Jordan Bischel and assistant coaches Tom Winske, Tony Jandron and Kyle Schroeder.
In a historic 2018 season, Central had the fifth best record in Division I baseball at 47-14, and in a national televised game on ESPN, the Chippewa’s defeated the University of Miami at the NCAA Tournament.
In most years, the CMU Baseball coaches are on the road recruiting for much of the summer, but because the NCAA has limited summer recruiting, the staff has a unique opportunity to come to the area and teach what they know.
Bischel, a Green Bay native, has played at Pedersen Park numerous times, both when facing the Marinette Legion and Marinette Redbirds baseball teams. “Playing in Marinette was always a thrill. Between facing some outstanding teams, playing on an incredible field, and knowing that the Marinette fans would always be in full force, it was always an exciting game,” he said.
Bischel, who played at St. Norbert College, was college teammates and roommates with Marinette Legion head coach Brian Lesandrini.
Assistant coach Tom Winske was the head coach at St. Norbert for 20 years and prior to that coached high school and American Legion baseball.
Jandron, who coaches both pitchers and infielders, is a native of Negaunee and also played at St. Norbert’s. He is a great example of the talent in Northern Wisconsin and the U.P. as he led all of NCAA baseball in batting average his senior season.
At the camp, the staff plans to teach the same drills, methods and philosophies that they use at one of the best Division I baseball programs in the country. There will be a mix of drill work and competition, and a chance to interact and ask questions of all the coaches.