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Coaching Staff

Jay Scott
Assistant Coach

Dr. Jay Scott enters his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Cardinals.  Scott works primarily with the outfielders and handles the base running for the Cardinals.

Scott grew up in Burlington, Ontario before coming to the United States to pursue an education and play collegiate baseball. He began his collegiate baseball career at St. Clair County Community College before transferring to SVSU in 2001. Scott played for the Cardinals during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. As the center fielder and leadoff hitter for SVSU, he recorded a career batting average of .394 and .511 on-base percentage while helping lead the Cardinals to a GLIAC championship in 2001.

During his tenure at SVSU, he earned first team All-GLIAC honors both seasons and was named the 2001 top offensive player for the Cardinals. He currently holds SVSU baseball single season records in batting average (.463) and on-base percentage (.549) while he is second in stolen bases (25) and walks (44). 

After graduating from SVSU, Scott earned a Ph.D. at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of New Mexico and in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. Scott is currently an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Saginaw Valley State.


Jason Ball
Assistant Coach

Jason Ball joined the Cardinal coaching staff in September of 2018. Ball works with pitchers and coordinates and oversees the recruiting process.

A native of Sandusky, Michigan, Ball was a left-handed pitcher for St. Clair County Community College for 2 seasons. Ball then went on to be a Volunteer Assistant at Central Michigan University from 1999-2001 where he worked closely with current SVSU Head Coach Steve Jaksa.

Following CMU, Ball was an associate scout for the Milwaukee Brewers for 3 years. He has also coached at Essexville Garber and Nouvel Catholic Central, along with being involved with the Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs travel organization.

Ball received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from CMU. His wife Jill, a proud SVSU alum, is a school administrator. They have a son and daughter – Nathan and Morgan.


Matthew Ellenbest
Assistant Coach

Matthew Ellenbest is entering his first season as an assistant coach at Saginaw Valley State University and in his second full season as an assistant coach. Matt will work with the pitching staff.

Matthew comes over from Kaskaskia College, a D1 Junior College in southern Illinois and a member of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. Matthew helped send five pitchers and six position players to play at four-year universities. Advanced to the Regional Championship Game in his only year.

Has spent the last two summer seasons as a pitching coach for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods Collegiate Summer league. Has had the opportunity to work with kids from all over the country including schools like Georgia Tech, Kent State, Baylor to name a few.  Worked with former Major League 1990 Rookie of the Year Chris Sabo (Cincinnati Reds).

Matthew originally from Medina, Ohio played one year at Wabash Valley Junior College and then transferred to Morehead State University to finish his career while receiving his degree.

While at MSU, Appeared in 24 games, all in relief ... Recorded a 2-2 mark with a 5.02 ERA ... Notched two saves, both against SIU Edwardsville ... First save came in regular season, recording a strikeout to preserve 8-7 victory ... Second save came in four inning of relief in the OVC Tournament opening round ... Tallied 19 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched ... Allowed seven earned runs in first four outings but then allowed just 14 more earned runs in final 19 assignments. Member of the 2015 OVC Championship team.

Brother Michael Ellenbest was a baseball player for Saginaw Valley for three years. He was Freshman of the Year of the GLIAC in 2015 while throwing 28 scoreless innings straight. Drafted out of SVSU in 2016 and is currently in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.


Tyler Provow
Graduate Assistant Coach

Tyler Provow enters his first season as the Graduate Assistant Coach for the Cardinals. Provow works primarily with the infielders, and also assists with the hitters.

Provow grew up in Auburn, MI where he attended Bay City Western High School, graduating in 2011, and earning All-State Dream Team honors his senior year. He began his collegiate playing career at Delta College where he started on the infield for two seasons. He then transferred to Rochester College in 2014 where he played second base and outfield during his two seasons with the Warriors. He helped lead the Warriors to back-to-back USCAA World Series appearances, and in 2016 he hit .321 for Rochester, earning USCAA Second-Team All-American honors.

Prior to his position at SVSU, Provow worked as an assistant coach for Bay City Western High School, under Hall of Fame coach Tim McDonald, for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He helped BCW to a 2018 Saginaw Valley League Title and a #1 state ranking to end the season. In 2018 Provow was the assistant coach of the Saginaw Sugar Beets, coaching first base and working with hitters and infielders. The Sugar Beets made it to the Great Lakes Collegiate Baseball League Championship in their inaugural year. He has also coached with the Oil City Stags summer collegiate team in 2016-2017.

Provow graduated from Rochester College in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology, and is currently working on his MBA at Saginaw Valley State. He currently resides in his hometown of Auburn, MI.