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Piotrowicz Joins Western Michigan Baseball Staff

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 06/10/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan baseball program and head coach Billy Gernon have announced the hiring of Adam Piotrowicz to the position of assistant coach. Piotrowicz comes to WMU after spending the last three seasons at Valparaiso.

Valparaiso advanced to the Horizon League Championship game each season Piotrowicz was on staff, winning the last two tournament titles. This past season, the Crusaders also went on to upset Florida in the NCAA Regionals, for the school’s first regional win since 1966, and nearly upset No. 13 ranked Indiana in a tight 5-4 loss.

Valpo won both the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles in 2012 to make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1968. The program matched its single-season win mark as well with 35 victories that season.

Prior to Valparaiso, Piotrowicz was at Heidelberg University, where he helped lead the Student Princes to the 2010 NCAA DIII World Series and back-to-back Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament titles.  

“Adam is a great hire for our program at Western Michigan. His resume not only shows great staying power at both Valparaiso and Heidelberg but it also demonstrates his ability to contribute towards winning at an accelerated level,” Gernon stated.

“I believe Adam can assist the Broncos in making a bid for a Mid-American Conference championship and a run in the NCAA Tournament. Adam’s coaching tree is impressive, having been involved with winning programs at every stop as a player and a coach. I really like the fact that Coach Piotrowicz has been delegated tremendous recruiting, coaching and administrative responsibilities along the way and comes highly recommended by coaches I personally know and respect. We gladly welcome Adam and his wife Heather to our Bronco family.”

“I am very excited to join the Western Michigan staff and I am looking forward to helping the Broncos work towards a MAC title,” Piotrowicz said.

While at Valpo, Piotrowicz worked mainly with the hitters, catchers and outfielders. In 2012, the team ranked 35th in the country in hits with 618, was third in the nation with 86 sacrifice bunts, and 42nd nationally with 29 sacrifice flies.

In three years with the Crusaders, 14 hitters earned All-Horizon League honors, including five First Team selections and nine Second Team honors. In addition, six more position players were been named to the league’s All-Newcomer Team along with 11 offensive representatives on the All-Tournament Team, including 2012 Most Valuable Player Mark Johnson.

At Heidelberg, Piotrowicz’s primary responsibilities included working with hitters and catchers, recruiting and implementing a strength and agility program. The ‘Berg finished fourth at the 2010 NCAA DIII World Series after advancing to the Mideast Regional in 2009 and won OAC regular season and conference tournament titles each of those two seasons. The program set nine school records and produced five All-Americans while Piotrowicz was on staff.
 
During the summer of 2010, Piotrowicz was the head coach for the Ty Cobb Reds in the Great South Summer Collegiate League, guiding the team to a third place finish.

As a player, Piotrowicz was a stand out at Manchester College from 2005-08.  As a senior in 2008, he was elected team captain and helped lead his team to a NCAA DIII Mideast Regional and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship.

Piotrowicz holds a bachelor of science degree in business and earned a masters degree in education from Heidelberg. He and his wife Heather currently reside in Kalamazoo.

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