2017 Baseball Coaches
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Derek Zander
Head Coach - 5th Season

Derek Zander is in his fourth year as the Head Coach of the Iowa Wesleyan University baseball team.

Last season, Zander coached the Tigers to a 18-22 overall record.  Two players earned USCAA All-American honors under Zander's guidance. Jeff Burdett was named Second Team All-American for his performance throughout the year.  Burdett ended the season with a 7-1 overall record and led the Tigers in inninges pitched. Chayancze Stirbis was named Honorable Mention All-American for the Tigers after finishing the year with a .370 batting average and a slugging percentage of .551.

In his first season, Zander guided the Tigers to a 17-18 overall record.  He picked up his first career coaching win in style, defeating Presentation College 22-8 on March 7 last season.  Under Zander’s guidance, Jacob Nielson garnered USCAA All-American honors and the Tigers had three players named to the USCAA All-Academic team last year.

Zander was an assistant coach for the Tigers in 2012, when IWU finished with a 24-31 overall record, placed fourth in the Midwest Collegiate Conference with a 14-10 record, and advanced to the finals of the MCC Tournament. He assisted with the pitching staff and also was actively involved in recruiting for the program.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a 2011 graduate of IWU with a degree in Exercise Science, Zander played for the Tiger baseball team in 2010-11 after transferring to the school from Indian Hills Community College in Centerville. As a starting pitcher he appeared in 28 games, starting 20, and posted an 8-8 career record with a 5.47 earned run average and 64 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings pitched. Zander ranks tied for ninth on Iowa Wesleyan's current all-time list for appearances by a pitcher, and in his two years was a member of a pair of Midwest Collegiate Conference champion teams, including the 2011 team which made it to the NAIA National Tournament.

Zander earned his master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University at Irvine in February of 2015.

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Blake Beaber
Assistant Coach - 1st Season

Blake Beaber is in his first year as the assistant baseball coach at Iowa Wesleyan University.

Beaber returns to the Tiger’s after serving as a graduate assistant for the William Penn Statesman for the past two years.  At Penn, Beaber worked with the hitters, catchers, and infielders.  He was also heavily engaged in the Statesman’s recruiting efforts.   

Beaber graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Sports and Recreational Management.  A native of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Beaber was lauded numerous times throughout high school, including earning All-State and Conference MVP honors as a catcher.  He helped lead Mount Pleasant HS to four conference titles and two state tournament appearances.  Beaber began his collegiate baseball career at Southeastern CC.  Beaber has previous coaching experience at Carl Sandburg CC where he primarily worked with catchers and outfielders.  

Beaber, received his Masters of Business Leadership degree at William Penn, and currently resides in Oskaloosa with his wife Amie and their two dogs, Bocchetti and Wednesday.

Patrick Riley
Assistant Coach - 1st Season

Patrick Riley enters his first season as an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan. For the past two years, Riley served as the pitching coach for the College of St.Joseph in Rutland, VT. This past season the Saints won the USCAA National Championship after going 52-11. In those two years, the pitching staff produced three USCAA All-Americans and one National Player of the Year. Riley completed his Master of Education degree from the College of St.Joseph in 2015.

Riley also worked as the pitching coach/interim head coach of the Bristol Blues in the Futures Collegiate League in 2015. He returned as the head coach for the 2016 season. As a player, Riley attended Castleton University where he was both an All-Conference and All-Academic performer. The Spartans won two conference championships, appearing in the NCAA III tournament both times.

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Derek Wellington
Assistant Coach - 4th Season