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Jordan Bischel named Central Michigan baseball head coach

Jordan Bischel has been named coach of the Central Michigan baseball program.

Bischel comes to CMU from Northwood University, where he served as head baseball coach the past four seasons. He also was the assistant athletic director for business operations and ticketing.

When Bischel took over at Northwood in June 2014, the Timberwolves were coming off an 18-27 season, during which they hit just eight home runs. Northwood had not won more than 25 games in a season since 1998. The Timberwolves surged to a 28-23 record in 2015 under Bischel and won 25 games in 2016.

In 2017, the Bischel-led Timberwolves posted a .320 team batting average and socked 46 home runs en route to a 46-13 record and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference regular-season and tournament championships. The Timberwolves also advanced to the Midwest Regional final in the program's first appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

This year, the Timberwolves hit 51 home runs, went 38-16 and repeated as the GLIAC champions both in the regular season and the league tournament. Bischel, who compiled a 137-76 record at Northwood, is the first baseball coach in school history to record four consecutive winning seasons. Prior to Bischel's arrival at Northwood, the school had never won a league baseball championship.

Bischel, named the GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018, said he is eager to get started in Mount Pleasant.

Bischel takes over a storied program at Central Michigan. He is just the sixth CMU baseball coach in the last 65 years, and the program is 1,968-1,209-13 since 1953. The Chippewas have reached the NCAA Tournament 13 times, but the last was in 1995. CMU joined the Mid-American Conference in 1973 and is 707-418-1 in league play with 13 MAC regular-season titles and two MAC Tournament championships.

The Chippewas are coming off a 29-30-1 season, 16-11 in the MAC.

Before Northwood, Bischel went 74-45 as coach in two seasons at Midland University in Fremont, Neb. The Warriors won 31 games in his first season, an 18-victory improvement. He also coached the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League for four seasons, served as the pitching coach for three seasons at Northwest Missouri State and was an assistant coach at John Carroll and St. Norbert College.

Bischel was an academic all-conference first baseman and pitcher at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin from 2000-03. He was an all-conference player and team captain as a senior.

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June 28, 2018