UNIVERSITY CENTER -- Saginaw Valley State University Head Baseball Coach Steve Jaksa has rounded-out his coaching staff for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Jaksa, the first year coach of the Cardinals, welcomes five individuals to his staff for the spring 2019 season.
Coach Jaksa on the 2019 SVSU Baseball Coaching Staff
"With our 2019 coaching staff, it was important for me to bring in a few experienced coaches that I have worked with before, as well as keeping a coach from the previous staff who has great knowledge of the program as an assistant coach and former Cardinal student-athlete. In addition, we have coaches joining the staff who are up-and-coming in the profession and I look forward to the upward trajectory of their careers. Overall, I am very pleased with the well-roundedness of our staff we have assembled and I look forward to the impact they will have in developing the culture of our student-athletes in being successful on the field and in the classroom."
Matt Ellenbest - Assistant Coach
Ellenbest will serve as the pitching coach for the Cardinals, coming to SVSU from Kaskaskia College, which is a D1 junior college in southern Illinois. Matt helped lead the team to the regional championship game in his only season at Kaskaskia. Ellenbest spent the last two summers as the pitching coach for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods Collegiate Summer League. Originally from Medina, Ohio, Matt played one year at Wabash Valley Junior College before transferring to Morehead State University. He was a member of the 2015 OVC Championship team as well. Matt's brother, Michael, was a three-year starting pitcher at SVSU who was named the GLIAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. He is currently still in the Blue Jays organization.
Jay Scott - Assistant Coach
Scott will be in his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Cardinal Baseball program. He will oversee the Cardinal hitting philosophy/approach and continues to work with the outfielders and base running. A native of Burlington, Ontario, Scott played for the Cardinals during the 2001 and 2002 seasons after transferring from St. Clair County Community College. He was a .394 career hitter with an on-base percentage of .511 in his career and helped lead SVSU to the 2001 GLIAC Championship. Scott was a two-time All-GLIAC First Team honoree and holds SVSU single season records for batting average .463 and on-base percentage (.549). He is currently an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Saginaw Valley State.
Jason Ball - Assistant Coach
Ball joins the Cardinal coaching staff for his first season and will work with the pitchers and coordinate the recruiting process. He was a left-handed pitcher for St. Clair County Community College for two seasons before becoming a volunteer assistant at Central Michigan University from 1999-2001, where he worked closely with Coach Jaksa. Following his time at CMU, Ball worked as an associate scout for the Milwaukee Brewers for three years. He coached at Essexville Garber and Nouvel Catholic Central, as well as being involved with the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs travel organization.
Tyler Provow - Assistant Coach
Provow begins his collegiate coaching career this season with the Cardinals working with the infielders and hitters. He joins SVSU after working as an assistant coach for the Saginaw Sugar Beets summer collegiate baseball team and the Bay City Western Warriors. He helped lead the Sugar Beets to the Great Lakes Collegiate Baseball League Championship in their inaugural season and the Warriors to a Saginaw Valley League championship. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Tyler played for two seasons at Rochester College after transferring from Delta College. He helped lead the Warriors to back-to-back USCAA World Series appearances and earned Second Team All-American honors in 2016. He graduated from Bay City Western High School, where he was named to the All-State Dream Team his senior season of 2011.
Greg Kigar - Director of Baseball Operations
Kigar helps the program mainly with coordinating special events and travel arrangements for the Cardinals. He has 15 years of experience working in collegiate athletics, including six years at Central Michigan and six years at Notre Dame. Greg spent five years working in minor league baseball and hockey, assisting the Great Lakes Loons and Saginaw Spirit. Kigar, who resided in Midland, has nine years of sales experience and currently works full-time as a regional sales manager at SNA Sports.