• 2012 Iowa Conference champions
  • School-record 29 wins in 2012
  • Four Iowa Conference MVPs
  • Four first-team all-league picks in 2012

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Coaching staff

Adam StevensAdam Stevens
Head coach
Iowa Conference Coach of the Year--2005, 2012 All-Central Region Coach of the Year--2012
IHSBCA College Coach of the Year--2012

Adam Stevens has turned the Central College baseball program into a consistent contender.

The Dutch averaged 25 wins over the past four seasons (2010-2013) for an overall record of 100-63. During Stevens' tenure, Central is a two-time Iowa Conference champion (2006, 2012), qualified for nine out of the past 10 conference tournaments and finished fourth or better in the conference standings in seven of the past 10 seasons. The Dutch have been nationally ranked on numerous occasions.

Last season, Stevens led the Dutch to a 22-19 record, finishing in fourth place in the Iowa Conference.

In 2012, Stevens piloted the Dutch to their first outright Iowa Conference championship in 64 years, winning by a four-game margin and racking up a school-record 29 victories. His squads have averaged nearly 22 wins in nine seasons, the most successful run in the program's history.

Stevens was named the 2012 conference coach of the year and the Central Region coach of the year. He also received college coach of the year recognition from the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. Stevens guided Central to a share of the crown in 2006 and received league co-coach of the year distinction in 2005.

Inheriting a club that was 12-24 the year before his arrival, Stevens has compiled a 225-178 (.558) career mark in ten seasons. Central's 2012 squad had a school-record four first-team all-Iowa Conference selections and shattered 21 school records. The Dutch posted a 29-11 mark and the pitching staff ranked fourth in Division III with a 2.43 earned run average.

Stevens served as an assistant coach at Wabash College (Ind.) for a year, helping the squad post its first winning season in five years. Earlier he was an administrative assistant in the baseball office at Ball State University (Ind. ) where he received his master's degree in physical education/athletic administration.

A graduate of Morningside College , where he was a four-year starter, Stevens played in 110 consecutive games. He was team captain his senior year. Stevens also served as assistant coach at Sioux City West High School for two years. He and his wife, Amy, have a daughter, Summer, and a son, Andrew.

Phone: (641) 628-5396

Jordan DeGeorge
Assistant coach

Jordan DeGeorge joined the Central staff in 2013 and serves as varsity assistant and pitching coach
From 2010-13 he served at Wheaton College (Ill.), coaching pitchers and catchers and developing the team’s strength and conditioning program. He also worked at the Chicago White Sox Training Academy at Glen Ellyn, Ill. during that time as a catching and fitness instructor. Previously he spent two summers coaching in an American Junior Legion league in Beloit, Wis., his hometown. He’s also served as a camp instructor and offered private instruction.

A 2010 honors graduate at Beloit College, DeGeorge was a two-time all-Midwest Conference pitcher. He was also a third-team all-region pick and a three-time academic all-conference honoree. He set school season strikeouts and victories records, helping lead Beloit to the 2009 league title and an NCAA Division III tournament berth. DeGeorge spent his freshman season at Coe College in 2006, when the Kohawks advanced to NCAA tourney play.
At F.J. Turner High School in Beloit, he was an all-state selection and the Rock Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2005.

Phone: (641) 628-5397


Cody Baethke
Assistant coach

Cody Baethke is in his first season as an assistant baseball coach at Central College.

A native of Williamsburg and 2010 Central graduate, Baethke was a four-time letterwinner for the Dutch football team and was named second-team all-conference defensive back in 2009. He is second on the school leaderboard with 26 career pass breakups. Central won three Iowa Conference championships and posted a 46-9 overall record during his career.

Baethke served as an assistant coach at the University of Wis.-Eau Claire in 2012, where he coached outside linebackers and was the video director.

Phone: (641) 628-5590

Todd Zylstra Todd Zylstra
Assistant coach

Former high school coach Todd Zylstra is in his fifth season as a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Central College.

Zylstra works with Central’s junior varsity squad. A 1990 Dordt College graduate, Zylstra piloted Pella Christian to the Class 2A state high school baseball championship in 1994 during a two-year stint as head coach, following a season as an assistant. He returned as an assistant coach in 2007-08.

Zylstra earlier was head baseball coach at Ontario (Calif.) Christian High School in 1992 after a year as an assistant, and was head coach at Denver (Colo.) Christian High School in 1998, leading the team to the Metro League Conference title. He served as pitching coach at Denver Christian in 1996-97 and 2000, helping the club win the Class 3A state crown in 1996.

A former teacher and school administrator, Zylstra has served as a pastor to teens and young adults at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella since 2002. He is pursuing a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Birmingham (Ala.) Theological Seminary.

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