CMU Names Jordan Bischel Baseball Coach
MT. PLEASANT – Central Michigan introduced Jordan Bischel as its new baseball coach Thursday afternoon.
Bischel, who is just the sixth coach in CMU history, spent the previous four years leading Northwood University’s baseball program, going 137-76 overall and reaching the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament on three occasions. The Timberwolves have won consecutive GLIAC regular season and tournament championships and reached the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in program history.
Bischel’s teams won 84 games over the last two years, surpassing the previous best two-year stretch by 29 wins. Prior to Bischel’s arrival, Northwood had never won a GLIAC championship and had made the league tournament just once in the program’s 49-year existence.
“We’re going to play a little bit for the big inning, that’s not hitting it out of the park, that’s putting pressure on the defense, it’s getting the right pitches to hit, if they’re going to walk you, you’re going to take your walk,” Bischel said. “If you can bunt for hit, you’re going to do some things there, but putting pressure on the other team until they make a mistake.
“We aren’t just going to play for one, but we’re going to be fundamentally sound and we aren’t going to put you out there if you can’t defend, so if we can pitch and we can defend that’s going to be step number one.”
Before Northwood, Bischel went 74-45 in two seasons at Midland (Neb.) University. He also coached the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League for four seasons.
Bischel played collegiately at St. Norbert (Wis.) College from 2000-03, earning academic all-conference honors as a first baseman and pitcher.
Bischel takes over for Steve Jaksa, who announced his retirement on June 1. Jaksa posted 507-421-2 record in 16 seasons with the Chippewas and ranks second on the all-time wins list.
CMU went 29-30-1 in 2018, finishing 16-11 in the Mid-American Conference.