Head Coach: Jared Wacker
Going into the 2016-2017 school year, 45 of Wacker’s former players have moved on to play baseball at the four-year level. “I believe in the junior college process and the development it can provide individuals as students, players, and young men,” says Wacker. “We’re trying to recruit committed and motivated student-athletes with lofty goals and we’re focusing all of our resources as a staff to help them accomplish these goals.” Wacker also referred to the accomplishments of the 2016 World Series team. “Everything that team worked so hard to accomplish will only benefit every player that now enters the program with attention from four-year and professional scouts.”
Jared Wacker received his AS degree from MCC in 2000 and his BS degree in Marketing from Elmhurst College in 2002. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Wacker was also hired as the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Success in 2012. He and his wife, Amy, have two daughters Ella and Mila and they reside in Huntley, IL.
In 2003, Wacker began his college coaching career at MCC as an assistant coach. He would hold this position for three years before being named the Head Baseball Coach at Rock Valley College in the fall of 2006. After one season at Rock Valley, he returned to accept a full-time position at MCC as an enrollment processor and assistant baseball coach. After holding additional positions as Student Development Advisor and Coordinator of Registration, Wacker was elevated to Head Baseball Coach in the fall of 2011.
The Scots have won over 72% of their games the past 2011-2016.
The 2016 team reached #6 in the NJCAA DII national poll and finished 7th at the NJCAA DII World Series. The 2013 and 2015 teams were nationally ranked in the NJCAA Division II poll. The 2015 team reached #16 in the nation.
Statistically, the Scots have been among the nation’s best offensive teams since 2011. The 2016 team finished the year ranked:
- 3rd nationally in runs scored (612),
- 4th in runs batted in (543),
- 4th in hits (692),
- 8th in stolen bases (141),
- 13th in home runs (51) and
- 5th in team batting average (.350).
Pitching also was an important piece of the Scots' 2016 success
- a nation-leading 17 shutouts,
- 9th place finish in team ERA (3.63),
- 10th in K/game (9.47).
In 1999, Wacker began his playing career at MCC as a member of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Championship team in 1999 and served as team captain in 2000 when the team went on to become NJCAA Region 4 Sectional Championship. He successfully transferred from MCC to Elmhurst College where he became a member of the Blue Jays Baseball Team 2000 through 2002. He was also a 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. Wacker has also been involved with local travel baseball organizations, holding positions with the McHenry County Hurricanes as well as the Crystal Lake Bombers.
Awards and Recognition
In 2016, Wacker was named
- NJCAA DII Region IV Coach of the Year
- NJCAA DII North Central District Coach of the Year
- ABCA NJCAA DII Regional Coach of the Year by Diamond Sports
Wacker was the recipient of the 2012 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Newcomer Coach of the Year Award in his inaugural head coaching season.
Coaching Record at MCC
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Head Coach: Jared Wacker
Assistant Coach: Matt Schmidt
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