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Eric Theisen is now working for the Car­olina Mudcats in the Low‑A Minor Leagues
Courtesy | Hillsdale College Ath­letic Department

Former Hillsdale Baseball head coach Eric Theisen accepted a new role this summer as a hitting coach of the Car­olina Mudcats, a Minor League Affiliate of the Mil­waukee Brewers.

Prior to coaching at Hillsdale, Theisen played Division I baseball for the Illinois State Uni­versity Car­dinals. He went on to play pro­fes­sional baseball with the Tra­verse City Beach Bums, as well as the Brussels Kan­garoos in Belgium. 

In eight seasons as Hillsdale’s head coach, Theisen had a record of 164 – 204 and led the Chargers to their first two NCAA Division II tour­na­ments in program history in 2016 and 2018. He was also named the GLIAC Coach of the year in 2016, and helped produce the first MLB draft pick to come out of Hillsdale in more than 30 years when former Charger infielder Jake Hoover was drafted in the 28th round of the 2019 MLB draft by the Texas Rangers.

Although his respon­si­bil­ities have shifted with his new role, Theisen is nothing but grateful for his time and expe­rience at Hillsdale.

“Hillsdale cer­tainly set the table for this oppor­tunity,” Theisen said. “It’s a huge reason why I was in the position for the job like this.”

One thing Theisen said he’d miss as a Head Coach was coaching the current team, espe­cially since he recruited many of the current Hillsdale Baseball players.

“I had no idea that this would happen, it sort of came up out of the blue and I was looking forward to con­tinuing to work with those guys,” Theisen said. “However I’m really excited about the position that the program is cur­rently in and can’t wait to follow the team’s progress this season and beyond.”

Current sophomore Cooper Peterson had nothing but pos­itive things to say about his former coach,

“The thing I’ll miss the most is how much he cared about the well-being of his players. He was def­i­nitely more than just a coach, he was a friend to all of us on the team,” Peterson said. “He showed me how to take control of my own process and be able to work on things on my own without needing a coach looking over my shoulder.”

With the MLB Draft taking place last July, Theisen has been busy coaching players new to pro­fes­sional baseball, as they get assigned to his team.

“We’ve gotten a handful of guys who just got drafted a few months ago, and it’s been really fun to work with them and help them develop,” Theisen said.

Fellow sophomore, Catcher Sean Nemetz, was also extremely pos­itive on the impact Theisen had on his baseball career.

“His com­mitment to his players’ devel­opment is unmatched. He was always doing research on how to make his players and the team better. I have been able to do things as a hitter that I never thought I would be able to do, and I owe that all to Coach Theisen. He saw the potential in me at times when I didn’t see it in myself.”