NIUHuskies.com presents the 2012 baseball season preview with Head Baseball Coach Ed Mathey, now in his 10th season at Northern Illinois. The Huskies return seven starters and two starting pitchers in 2012, along with four All-MAC picks, two all-region and a freshman All-American. To boast, NIU also has a pitcher on the preseason stopper of the year watchlist.
Nine-year Northern Illinois veteran Steve Joslyn has been with the Huskies for every season of the Ed Mathey era. Joslyn is the recruiting coordinator for NIU and has been paramount in bringing three nationally ranked recruiting classes to the program. In April of 2008, Joslyn's hard work and dedication earned him a new title -- Associate Head Coach. Additionally, Joslyn coordinates the placement of Huskie players into summer leagues, coaches team defense and coordinates the annual NIU baseball camps.
The latest Huskie newcomers are a result of Joslyn's incredibly hard work as it stands as the largest recruiting class of Mathey's career at NIU -- 11 outstanding, talented players from the high school class of 2011.The group figures to provide quality depth to the 2011 roster.
Under the supervision of Joslyn, the Huskies have set the two highest fielding percentage marks in NIU's Division I history. In 2011, NIU committed the fewest errors (74) than any other previous team in the Ed Mathey era. Due in large part to his defense and his bat, shortstop Alex Jones was a quarterfinalist for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award.
Joslyn has helped many Huskies develop into premiere players who have gone on to earn pro contracts with the latest being shortstop Bobby Stevens, who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 16th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft.
Nearly every graduating outfielder tutored by Joslyn at Northern Illinois has signed a professional baseball contract, including his most recent protégé, Jeff Thomas, who joined the Can-Am League after earning second-team All-MAC honors in 2008. Thomas led the Huskies with a .350 batting average along with 16 steals, 10 doubles, two homeruns and 34 RBI.
Under Joslyn, the trio of Mike Santoro, Jeremy Busch and Eric Sansouci each signed professionally after the 2005 season. Santoro signed with the San Francisco Giants after being chosen in the 2004 draft while Busch and Sansouci joined Frontier League teams. Busch earned first team All-MAC honors in 2005 after hitting a team-best .340.
With Joslyn's guidance, Northern Illinois has placed players in several of the top summer collegiate leagues across the country including the Cape Cod, Northwoods, Coastal Plains, Cal Ripken Sr., Central Illinois Collegiate, Ben Johnson and Prospect leagues. In past years, NIU has sent players to the Alaska, New England Collegiate and Great Lakes leagues.
Joslyn was instrumental in sending pitcher Brandon Copp and shortstop Bobby Stevens to the Cape Cod League in 2007, one year after Copp became the first Northern Illinois player in nearly two decades to play in the prestigious league.
"Jocko" had his own success in the CICL, serving as an assistant for the Quincy Gems during the summer of 2005 and helped the team capture the league championship.
The Oswego native aided the Northern Illinois recruiting efforts that produced nationally-ranked classes by Collegiate Baseball in 2005 and 2006. He also directs the NIU summer and winter baseball camps.
Joslyn began his college baseball coaching career at his alma mater, North Central College, where he first worked with Mathey in 1996 and immediately helped guide the Cardinals to the CCIW title. Two years later, NCC generated a 28-15-1 record, a runner-up finish at the NCAA Central Regional and a No. 15 final national ranking by Collegiate Baseball.
Prior to coaching baseball at the college level, Joslyn had great success as a high school basketball coach. Following the completion of his bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation at North Central, Joslyn spent two seasons as a teacher and an assistant coach for football, basketball, and baseball at his prep alma mater, Oswego High School.
In 1989, Joslyn gained his first head coaching job, accepting the lead position at West Pike High School. After capturing the school's first regional basketball title and a school-record 28 wins, Joslyn led West Pike to its finest season in 1994-95. That year, the Cardinals earned the state's top-ranking, posted a 32-2 record, and finished third at the IHSA Championships as Joslyn earned his second consecutive Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District 17 Coach of the Year award.
After compiling a 135-24 record in six seasons at West Pike, Joslyn accepted the head coaching position at Downers Grove North in 1995-96. Within his first three years, Joslyn reached the IHSA Sweet Sixteen, claiming regional and sectional titles after recording the school's first 20-win season and conference championship. Two seasons later, Joslyn earned his second IBCA District 7 Coach of the Year award after he guided North to a 26-3 record and third-straight conference title.
THE JOSLYN FILE
Coaching: 2008-present Associate Head Coach, Northern Illinois 2003-2007 Assistant Coach, Northern Illinois 2005 Assistant Coach, Quincy Gems (Summer) 1996-2002 Assistant Coach, North Central 1995-2001 Head Basketball Coach, Downers Grove North High School 1989-95 Head Baseball and Basketball Coach, West Pike High School 1987-89 Assistant Football, Basketball and Baseball Coach, Oswego High School 1987 Freshmen Baseball Coach, St. Charles High School 1986-87 Assistant Basketball Coach, Aurora East High School 1986 Assistant Coach, Aurora University
Education: B.A., Health, Physical Education and Recreation. North Central College, 1986.