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Head Coach: Kim “Hoss” Johnson

Coach Johnson is entering his tenth coaching season at MCC as head baseball coach and his thirteenth season overall as a JUCO head coach. In his previous nine seasons, he has led his MCC teams to an impressive 265-192 record.

Head Baseball Coach Hoss Johnson

Head Coach Hoss Johnson

During his tenure at MCC, Johnson has coached seven All-Americans and seen 10 of his players sign professional contracts. Over 40 of Johnson's players have gone on to play baseball at other colleges and universities after MCC. In 2005, Johnson led the Scots to a 39-21 record and a #18 final NJCAA National Ranking. He was named the Skyway Conference and NJCAA Region IV Coach of the Year in 1996, a year that saw his team finish 40-15, win the Skyway Conference and Region IV Championships and finish the year with a #6 National Ranking.

Some additional highlights from Johnson’s coaching career at MCC include:

  • 1994 team advanced to the Region IV Final Four (#13 National Ranking)
  • 1993 team was a Region IV Finalist
  • Johnson is the only Illinois JUCO baseball coach to have won regional titles in both NJCAA Region 4 and Region 24. Together, these two regions encompass all of the state of Illinois.

In addition to his accomplishments at MCC, Johnson has professional baseball experience. He served as the pitching coach for the Cook County Cheetahs Professional Baseball Club in 2002 and worked as an Associate Scout for the Texas Rangers from 1988 through 1993.

Johnson started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Moraine Valley Community College (1988-1989) before becoming an assistant coach at Bellevue University (1989-1992) in Nebraska. He then assumed the head coaching position at John Wood Community College (1992) for one year before his first stint as head coach at MCC. Johnson then served as head coach at Illinois Central College (1996-1998) and NCAA Division I, Western Illinois University (1998-2001) before returning home to again lead the MCC Scots program.

Johnson has also coached internationally. He served as head coach of the United States Team in the German Open European Cup in 2000 and as an assistant coach for the United States’ 15-year-old national team in Chiba, Japan in 1996. He also served as head coach for the United States and led his team to bronze medals in both the Pacific Ocean Games in Colombia, South America in 1995 and Mexico’s Olympic Festival in 1993.

Johnson, who also serves as a full-time Athletic Recruiter for MCC, received his B.A. in physical education and social studies from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Father of one daughter, Johnson currently resides in Woodstock, IL with his wife, Judy.

Assistant Coach: Jared Wacker

Assistant Baseball Coach Jared Wacker

Assistant Coach Jared Wacker

Jared Wacker has a history with MCC baseball. He played MCC baseball, coached MCC baseball, left and returned to MCC to coach again.

As team captain, Wacker led the Scots to the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship in 1999 and on to become Sectional Champions in 2000. He transferred to Elmhurst College where he became a member of the Elmhurst College Blue Jays Baseball Team 2000 through 2002. He was also camp instructor for the Chicago White Sox Training Academy in Lisle, IL from 2001 to 2007 where his 16 and under travel team competed in the 2006 Junior Olympics.

After college, Wacker acted as associate head baseball coach for the Scots. He left to become the Head Baseball Coach at Rock Valley College in 2006-2007 where his team won 20 games including the school’s first regional tournament win in seven years. After Rock Valley, he returned to MCC as an enrollment processor and assistant baseball coach. He is currently acting Admissions Coordinator.

He has also worked with the Crystal Lake Bombers as Head Baseball Coach and with the McHenry County Hurricanes as Associate Head Coach.

Wacker received his A.S. from MCC and his B.S. in Marketing from Elmhurst College.

Head Coach: Kim “Hoss” Johnson

Assistant Coaches: Tom Kruse, Jared Wacker, Tom Carle, Andrew Gilliam

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