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Lindsay Meggs, Indiana State head baseball coach, begins his third season as the Sycamore skipper with the 2009 season, building on the foundations of the past two seasons as he continues to re-tool the Sycamores into one of the top Missouri Valley Conference teams.

 

In his first season, Meggs coached the Sycamores to a 26-26 mark overall and a 7-17 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. Last year, the Sycamores were 18-32 overall and 9-15 in the Valley playing one of the toughest schedules in the country.


Meggs has been able to fill key spots on the roster with a select group of players directly out of high school mixed with some junior college transfers. The combination of returning talent and the new talent has given Meggs optimism that the Sycamores will continue to improve in all areas of the game and be able to compete against the best teams in the Valley.

 

The Sycamores finished the 2008 season on a high note with a three-game sweep of the Illinois State Redbirds. In the final game of the regular season, Sycamore sophomore Brady Shoemaker belted two grand-slam home runs and added a two-run home run for 10 RBIs, both school records.

 

With six of the eight regular starters returning and a pitching staff shored up with one of the best recruiting classes in years, Meggs has reason to be optimistic for the 2009 season. The veteran coach expects competition for starting positions to be hotly contested with some of the 2009 recruits challenging for starting rolls on this year’s team.

 

Meggs took the reigns of the Sycamore baseball program in 2006, coming to ISU after spending the past 13 seasons as head coach at California State-Chico where he guided the Wildcats to two NCAA Division II National Championships and compiled an overall record of 538-228-4.

 

Meggs’ Wildcats have qualified for the World Series seven times in the last 10 years. California State-Chico also captured eight conference championships and seven regional crowns during that 10-year span. A two-time NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year (1997 and 1999), Meggs has been named regional coach of the year seven times and has captured conference coach of the year honors on seven occasions.

 

A 1999 inductee into the California State-Chico Hall of Fame, Meggs led the Wildcats to nine conference championships and advanced to the Division II College World Series seven times. He was a three-time California State-Chico Coach of the Year winner.

 

Prior to taking over at Chico, Meggs spent three seasons as head coach at Long Beach City College (Calif.) where he posted a record of 75-51-1. He led his teams to the California Community College Playoffs in each of his three seasons. His first head coaching assignment came at Oxnard College (1989-90). Meggs served as an assistant coach at California Lutheran University (1988-89) and De Anza Junior College (1987-88).

 

Meggs earned his master’s degree in education-physical education at Azusa Pacific University in 1992, after completing his undergraduate degree at UCLA in 1985. As a player, he was a standout third baseman for four years as a Bruin under the guidance of head coach Gary Adams. He received All Pac-10 Infielder honors in 1983 and was a 15th-round draft choice of the Kansas City Royals in 1984.

 

Meggs earned his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1985. He and his wife, Teresa, have three children: Joe, Kelly, and Jack.

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