Mitch Hannahs returned to his alma mater in the summer of 2013 to become the 29th head coach in the 117-year history of the Indiana State Sycamore baseball program. An All-American second baseman for Indiana State from 1986 to 1989, Hannahs also served as an assistant coach under the legendary Bob Warn from 1995 to 2001.
Hannahs is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Sycamore baseball history and was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
With Hannahs on the diamond from 1986 to 1989, Indiana State posted 172 victories and made trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1986, 1987 and 1989. He was named an All-American by American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Baseball America during his senior season in 1989.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Hannahs in the 16th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft with Hannahs playing three seasons in the minor leagues from 1989 to 1991. He put together a .306 batting average with 132 hits in 127 career games played.
Hannahs returned to Terre Haute in 1995 to serve as an assistant coach for Bob Warn. He served as the hitting and infield coach from 1995 to 1999 and was the Sycamore’s coach for pitchers and catchers from 1999 to 2001. He oversaw the development of several potential major league pitchers including Mitch Stetter, Joe Thatcher, Matt Zaleski, Alex Graman, and Aric LeClaire. Two of his protégés (Thatcher and infielder Clint Barmes) are still playing in the major leagues today. He also saw the revitalizing of a pitching staff that was eighth in team earned run average in the Missouri Valley Conference to third in the MVC.
Hannahs moved on to become the head coach at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., for nine seasons where he led the Statesmen to Region 24 titles in 2005 and 2007, and the Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship in 2006 and 2007. He was inducted into the first class of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments at Skyvue High School (Graysville, Ohio) while playing basketball and baseball.
In his first season at the helm, Hannahs led the Sycamores to a 35-18 overall record and 14-7 in the Missouri Valley while earning an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, the 10th appearance into the tournament in ISU baseball history, and the second in four years.
In Hannahs' second season, the Sycamores finished 28-26 overall and 8-13 in the Valley. Key wins during the 2015 campaign include defeating NCAA runner-up and defending champion Vanderbilt, 8-1 in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Sycamores swept in-state rival Indiana, taking two games from the Hoosiers, one at Bob Warn Field and the other in Bloomington.
During his tenure at Indiana State, Hannahs has overseen three players being drafted in the MLB draft, including Jeff Degano, the 57th pick in the 2015 MLB draft.
Hannahs and his wife, Amy, have three children: Derek, Kylee, and Kaleb.
Assistant coach Brian Smiley completed his sixth season with the Indiana State Baseball program in 2015. Indiana State finished with a 28-26 record in 2015 and have earned two NCAA tournament appearances in the last four seasons.
Smiley helped assist the Sycamores to a 35-18 overall record and a birth in the NCAA tournament during the 2014 season.
Smiley was an integral part in assisting the Sycamores to their first outright Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1995 in 2012.
A native of Mount Vernon, Ind., Smiley serves numerous roles within the baseball program, including working with the team's infielders and hitters.
In his four seasons with Indiana State, Smiley has assisted the Sycamores to a 194-136 overall record, including their first 40-win season since 1992 (41-19 in 2012).
Over his four years as a student-athlete in collegiate baseball, Smiley played one season each at Triton and Lincoln Trail Community College before transferring to play two seasons at Arkansas - Little Rock.
Smiley moved into the coaching ranks in 2007 when he joined the coaching staff of the Dubois County Bombers. Smiley was hired as an assistant coach, but was quickly named manager of the team, a role that he served for three seasons. While serving as the man in charge of the Bombers, Smiley also coached at Danville Area Community College.
Brian and his wife, Katie, reside in Terre Haute.
Jordan Tiegs joins the Indiana State Baseball program for the first time in 2015. Tiegs, a graduate from the University of Indianapolis, is a native of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. He will be working with the pitching staff during the 2015 season.
Tiegs worked with pitchers in a three year stint with the UIndy Greyhounds. In the 2012 season, Tiegs mentored a pitching staff that set school records for shut outs, 11, and second in school history in strikeouts in a season, 425. The Greyhounds earned trips to the Midwest Regionals in two of his three years while qualifying for the DII World Series in 2012 with a record of 46-16.
Tiegs played at Sauk Valley Community College for two years before pitching at DI College of Charleston for a season before ending his collegiate career at UIndy.
After a successful collegiate career, Tiegs was taken in the 2006 draft by the Cincinnati Reds where he spent two season playing in the Frontier League with the Evansville Otters before an injury ended his playing career.
Tiegs has earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications-Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration, as well as an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.
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