July 24, 2013
2013 Coaching Changes
Promoted to Head Coach at Valparaiso
Brian Schmack has been elevated to head coach at
Schmack has been pitching coach for the Crusaders
for the past seven seasons. He helped Valparaiso win consecutive
Horizon League titles the past two seasons. Following the 2010
campaign, Schmack was promoted to associate head coach.
During his seven years with the Crusaders,
Schmack has coached six all-league pitchers, including a pair of
Pitchers of the Year and one Relief Pitcher of the Year. In each
of the past two seasons, Valparaiso has been ranked in the Top
10 nationally in fewest walks per nine innings.
From 1992-95, Schmack pitched at Northern
Illinois University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports
management from Valparaiso in 2009.
Schmack pitched professionally from 1995-2004. He
started out with the Newark Bison of the Frontier League before
playing the in the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers and Detroit
Tigers organizations. Schmack reached the Major Leagues in 2003,
going 1-0 in 11 games with the Tigers with a 3.46 ERA. His big
league victory came against Cleveland on Sept. 2, 2003.
Schmack replaces Tracy Woodson, who resigned to
take the head coaching position at Richmond.