• 2012 Iowa Conference champions
  • 100 wins in past four seasons
  • Five Iowa Conference MVPs
  • Five first-team all-league picks in 2014

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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


LoveJohn Love
Pitching coach

John Love joined the Central baseball staff in 2014 as assistant coach and pitching coach.

In his first season with the Dutch, a member of Love's pitching staff was named the Iowa Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Love spent three seasons as pitching coach at Hiram (Ohio) College. During his time at Hiram, Love also served as head coach of the Northern Ohio Bucs, a summer baseball travel program.

“We were very impressed with John and his vision for our pitching staff,” said head coach Matt Schirm. “John has a very well-thought-out plan for our program and I think he’ll be a great fit with our players.”

A 2011 graduate of Juniata (Pa.) College, Love was a four-year starter for the Eagles and ranks fourth all-time at the school in shutouts and seventh in starts and complete games pitched. Love received his master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Hiram in 2014.

Phone: 641-628-5397


Mike Young
Assistant coach

Mike Young joined the Central baseball staff in 2015.

Young, a three-year letterwinner for the Dutch football team and 2014 graduate, works with the outfielders.

Originally from Country Club Hills, Ill. and a graduate of Hillcrest High School, Young was a 2013 first-team all-league pick after earning second-team honors in 2012. He was named the league’s special team player of the week in 2013 and won defensive player of the week recognition in 2012. Following the 2013 season, Young was selected for Team Stars and Stripes, a Division III all-star squad which played against a Mexican collegiate team in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) in Monterrey, Mexico.

In 2012, Young received Central’s Lankelma-Menning Award as the team’s outstanding underclass player.

Phone: (641) 628-5615

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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