MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Jeff Stanek, Adam Brown, and Graham Johnson will serve as assistant coaches for the Morehead State baseball program under Head Coach Mike McGuire. Stanek and Brown are new to MSU while Johnson, who served as pitching coach last year, has been retained to serve in the same role this season.
Stanek and Brown were assistants last year under the guidance of McGuire at Louisburg College where they helped guide the program to a school-record 52 victories.
Stanek, a graduate of Duquesne, will serve as the recruiting coordinator at MSU. He will also develop the outfield defensive plans and serve as base running coordinator and hitting assistant.
“I am very excited to have Jeff as a part of my staff here at MSU,” said McGuire. “He has a real passion for recruiting and a keen eye for talent. I have no doubt his recruiting abilities will make an impact for us on the field. He will bring a real passion and energy to the program and play a key part in our ability to recruit good players and develop them”
Stanek has worked with McGuire for the previous three seasons, including two (2010, 2011) as a volunteer assistant coach at Winthrop. Prior to his stint at Winthrop, he was the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach at Southeastern (Iowa) Community College in 2008 and 2009. His hitters ranked in the top 30 nationally in batting average, and the 2009 team set a school record for wins and ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association top 10.
Stanek was also an assistant for his alma mater in 2007. He has coached 11 players who have signed professional contracts, including seven who are active in the minor or independent leagues.
A native of Summerville, S.C. and graduate of Charleston Southern, Brown will serve as hitting and infield instructor as well as assisting with recruiting. He spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Gardner Webb, where he helped the team set school records for wins, conference wins, and winning percentage. Prior to his year at G-W, he spent a season as the director of baseball operations at Winthrop under the guidance of McGuire.
“Adam is a great addition to my staff,” said McGuire. “He is a hard worker and is a very knowledgeable coach and instructor. He will do a great job with our hitters and infielders. He is a good evaluator of talent and will provide great assistance in recruiting.”
A four-year letterman at CSU, Brown also served as an assistant for the Columbia Blowfish in the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2009.
Johnson, a graduate of Culver-Stockton College, will remain as a volunteer assistant. Last year, he mentored pitchers Aaron Goe and Matt Duncan to All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. Duncan led the OVC with a school-record 13 saves. Three of his relievers posted earned run averages of less than 4.00.
"I'm very excited to have Graham stay on my staff as the pitching coach," said McGuire. "He did a great job with a young staff last year. His instruction and commitment to our pitching staff will be instrumental in our pitchers' development and the growth of our program. Graham has a bright future as a coach."
He came to MSU from Western Illinois, where he served as the outfield coach and assistant pitching coach. Prior to his stint at Western Illinois, he was a graduate assistant at Lindenwood (Mo.) University.
As a member of the Culver-Stockton baseball team, Johnson helped his squad to two regular season conference championships, three conference tournament championships, three regional tournament appearances with one championship title, and one super-regional appearance.