Week 2 of the NIU Baseball Podcast, where Head Coach Ed Mathey and Assistant Media Relations Director Matt Scheerer discuss all things NIU Baseball. This week, Mathey reviews the Huskies trip to Arizona and shares his thoughts on the series with Minnesota.
The NIU Baseball Podcast returns in 2014 for its second season, talking all things NIU baseball with Head Coach Ed Mathey and assistant media relations director Matt Scheerer. Join Ed and Matt as they discuss the upcoming series with Minnesota, preview the 2014 team and some of the happenings in the program.
The first ever fall update from Head Coach Ed Mathey on the NIU Baseball Podcast.
Todd Coryell became a Huskie assistant coach September 25, 2012 after three seasons at Western Illinois, serving as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Coryell will serve in the same capacity with the Northern Illinois baseball program. As a former assistant at Eastern Michigan, his knowledge of Mid-American Conference baseball is not lacking and along with his success identifying and developing professional talent aptly suit the NIU baseball program.
In only his second year as the Huskies pitching coach in 2014, Coryell's pitching staff had one of the best season's in NIU history as the team posted a team-record seven shutouts and an earned run average of 4.23. The earned run average was the team's lowest since 1977 and only the seventh time since 1968 the Huskies posted an ERA under 4.23.
Alex Klonowski emerged as the ace of the staff in 2014, posting a team low earned run average of 2.38 and an opponents batting average of .215 in 94.2 innings. The senior would go on to tie the career record and set the single season mark with three complete game shutouts during the year and earn Second Team All-MAC honors. Eli Anderson retained his crown as NIU's security blanket as he led the Huskies in strikeouts with 77 and became only the fourth pitcher in school history to amass 200 plus strikeouts in a career. He finished his career with 206, the second-most in program history.
Other starting pitchers Anthony Andres and Jordan Ruckman also contributed as Andres became NIU's Friday starter during MAC play, having never started on the mound for NIU. Andres would earn three wins as a Friday starter, posting an ERA of 3.92. Ruckman would record a complete game shutout as well, leading the Huskies to a 4-0 win over Northwestern with eight strikeouts to his credit.
Coryell made an instant impact on the pitching staff as Northern Illinois dropped its earned run average to 5.01 and led the MAC in complete games at nine. The Huskies also collected Mid-American Conference West Division Pitcher of the Week honors four times during nine weeks of conference play.
Despite not returning a starting pitching from the 2012 weekend rotation, the trio of Eli Anderson, Alex Klonowski and Jordan Ruckman combined for a 2.36 ERA in 291.1 innings with 180 strikeouts, 92 walks, a shutout and a combined shutout. Each pitcher hurled at least one complete game during the season. Anderson led the league in ERA (2.18) and in innings pitched (115.1) en route to first team All-MAC honors and was named semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, given to the Breakout Player of the Year in Division I college baseball. He was named MAC West Pitcher of the Week three times in nine weeks of play.
In Macomb, Coryell guided a revamped pitching staff that collected 18 victories in 2011 between the Leathernecks starting rotation, including a combined 19 quality starts by Dan Russell, Zach Sterling, Ryan Wachholder and Alexander Zarate. The pitching staff carried an ERA of 5.03 that season, over three runs fewer than the previous. Opponents batted .283, over 50 points fewer than 2010 and in his two seasons as the pitching coach, Coryell cut the ERA in half from over 10 in 2009.
Prior to WIU, Coryell worked as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds organization for two seasons while also serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College. He also was also an assistant at Kellogg Community College in 2008 and helped guide the Bruins to the Junior College World Series.
He started his coaching career at Eastern Michigan under his father, EMU Hall of Fame coach Roger Coryell. He first served as a student assistant and then became the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. While there, Todd coached 2004 and 2006 Mid-American Conference Pitchers of the Year Ryan Ford and Jeff Fisher, respectively, as well as the MAC Player of the Year Brian Bixler in 2004. Current Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Schoemaker was also a product of Coryell at EMU, going undrafted and working his way up to Angels, where he finished the first half of his 2014 rookie season 7-2. The Eagles won the MAC Regular Season Championship and was the MAC Tournament Runner-Up in 2007.
All told, Coryell has produced 25 players who have gone on to sign with Major League Baseball affiliated teams, including 17 MLB Amateur Draft selections in his time as a coach, including Bixler (second round), Fischer (10th round) and Ford (15th round).
He started his career as a scout for the Seattle Mariners organization in 2003.
THE CORYELL FILE
Coaching Experience 2010-11 Assistant Coach, Western Illinois 2009 Assistant Coach, Grand Rapids Community College 2008 Assistant Coach, Kellogg Community College 2004-07 Assistant Coach, Eastern Michigan
Professional Experience 2008-09 Scout, Cincinnati Reds 2003 Scout, Seattle Mariners