Tuesday, December 6, 2011

UIS names Zandler baseball coach

The University of Illinois Springfield has added another coach with NCAA Division I experience by hiring Mike Zandler as its new head baseball coach.

Zandler served as an assistant coach the last five seasons at Davidson College, a Division I school near Charlotte, N.C. UIS Director of Athletics Kim Pate introduced the 43-year-old at a press conference Monday. His salary is $45,000.

“When I looked at his resume, learned a little more about him and got him on campus, his experience is outstanding for where the program is,” Pate said. “He is positioned to take this program forward, primarily because of his experience.

“He has been recruiting nationally and has great recruiting contacts. He has recruited for a highly selective institution like Davidson. … He has looked for the quality student-athletes that we would like to bring to UIS.

“He has been at a smaller Division I school and has his hand in a lot different things. Having had the experience he had to coach at the high school, Division I and Division III levels and the success he demonstrated really was appealing to us.”

Zandler was featured in an December 6, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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