Baseball

  • 2012 Iowa Conference champions
  • 100 wins in past four seasons
  • Six Iowa Conference MVPs
  • Five first-team all-league picks in last two years
  • Five ABCA/Rawlings all-Central Region selection in last two years

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Coaching staff

Matt SchirmMatt Schirm
Head coach

Matt Schirm was named head coach of the Central baseball team prior to the 2015 season.

In his first year at the helm Schirm led the Dutch to a 22-21 record, with a 16-12 mark in Iowa Conference play.

Schirm is a veteran coach, most recently serving as the top assistant at Wartburg College from 2011-14. He coached the Knights' hitters and catchers, while assistaing with recruiting and all other aspects of the program. The teams led the conference in hitting in two of Schirm’s three seasons and won the conference regular season and tournament championships in 2013.

A Coe College graduate, Schirm received all-Iowa Conference honors and served as team captain in 2001. He also played baseball in Nicaragua and El Salvador with Athletes in Action in 1999.

From 2001-03, Schirm served as pitching coach at University of the Cumberlands (Ky.),where he also earned a master’s degree in education. From 2004-2006, Schirm worked as assistant director at the North Carolina Baseball Academy in Greensboro, N.C. He gave thousands of private lessons and helped run numerous camps and clinics at the academy.

In 2007, started a master's program in exercise physiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, receiving a master's degree in human movement at A.T. Still University in 2009.

Schirm has four goals for his program each year.

“My most important responsibility each year is to develop an outstanding team environment," he said. "Second, I want my players to succeed in the classroom. Third, through our practices, I want to help each player achieve his potential as an athlete and our team to achieve its potential on the field. If we take care of the first three goals, we’ll be in a good place to win championships consistently, which is my fourth and final goal each year.”

Schirm and his wife, Jessica, have two children: Anderson, 7, and Gabriel, 1.

Phone: 641-628-5396
Email: schirmm@central.edu


VanWyngardenZach Deutscher

Assistant coach

Deutscher joined the Central College baseball staff as an assistant coach in 2016.

A 2011 graduate of North Park University (Ill.), Deutscher spent the previous three seasons at North Central College (Ill.) as an assistant and graduate assistant coach. He has also been a hitting and catching instructor at The Edge in Plainfield, Illinois since 2011.

“The most important thing is that he’s going to be a high energy, positive influence in the dugout,” coach Matt Schirm said. “That was a priority for me when looking at this position. He also has been part of very successful programs as a player and as a coach.”

As a player at North Park, he hit 26 home runs, the sixth most in school history. He was named to the all-region second team in 2011 and was a three-time all-conference selection in the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. He signed a contract with the River City Rascals of the independent Frontier League in May of 2012.

Deutscher graduated from North Park with a bachelor’s degree in business & economics and received his master’s degree in business administration from North Central in June 2016.

Phone: 641-628-5397
Email: deutscherz@central.edu

VanWyngardenSpencer Gritsch
Assistant coach

Gritsch joined the Central College baseball staff as an assistant coach in 2016.

A four-year letterwinner for the Dutch baseball team as a second baseman and outfielder, Gritsch was a career .265 hitter in 105 career games played. During his senior season, Gritsch started all 40 games and hit .287 with 10 doubles and 18 RBI's.

Gritsch was a three-time academic all-Iowa Confernece honoree and earned honorable mention all-conference as an outfielder in 2016.

A native of Brooklyn, Iowa, Gritsch has prior coaching experience with BGM High School baseball team and is also currently the running backs coach for the Central football team.

Phone: 641-628-5615
Email: gritschs@central.edu

VanWyngardenJamie Dunsbergen
Assistant coach

Dunsbergen joined the Central College baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach prior to the 2015 season.

Dunsbergen is a 1995 Iowa State graduate where he was a four-year baseball letterwinner. He is a full time engineer at Pella Corporation and currently leads two youth baseball USSSA traveling tournament teams in Pella.

 

VanWyngardenJesse Jablonski
Assistant coach

Jablonski joined the Central College baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach prior to the 2015 season.

Jablonski is a 2001 University of Mary (North Dakota) graduate where he played two years of baseball.  He also played junior college ball at Eastern Oklahoma State College.  He spent 4 years as the assistant baseball coach at Pella High School before taking over as head coach in 2013.  Jablonski currently works in the IT department for Pella Community Schools.

 

VanWyngardenEric Van Wyngarden
Assistant coach

Eric Van Wyngarden joined the Central College baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach prior to the 2014 season.

Van Wyngarden is a 2003 Central graduate where he was a four-year letterwinner.  He served 11 years as an assistant coach at Pella Christian High School.  He works as an investment advisor representative at Van Wyngarden Investments.

 

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