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Coaching Staff

Clay VanderLaan
Assistant Coach / Pitching Coach

Clayton VanderLaan was appointed as Pitching Coach prior to the 2018 season by head coach Chris Ebright.
VanderLaan brings experience as a player at the Division 1 and 2 levels, as well as the professional level; pitching at Michigan State University under Coach Jake Boss, Cameron University (DII, Lone Star Conference) under Coach Todd Holland, and professionally with the Frontier Greys, Alexandria Aces, and Brownsville Charros.
Previous to Saginaw Valley State University VanderLaan served for three years as pitching coach for St. Thomas High School in Houston, TX. During his time leading the St. Thomas arms, the staff accumulated an overall three season E.R.A. of 2.85, record of 80-21 (65-4 during the last two seasons), sent 11 pitchers on to pitch collegiately, and won a Texas state championship in 2017.
Additionally, after finishing a playing career in baseball, VanderLaan played two seasons of college football at Graceland University (NAIA, Heart of America Athletic Conference) in Lamoni, IA under Coach Jeff Douglas.
He is from Houston, TX and is the only child of Ron and Giulia VanderLaan. His father Ron VanderLaan is from Coopersville, MI and attended Ferris State University. 

Jay Scott
Assistant Coach

Dr. Jay Scott was named an assistant coach prior to the 2014 season.  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, where he was a teammate of both Coach Ebright and Coach Garcia.  Scott played for the Cardinals during the 2001 and 2002 season.  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 Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Saginaw Valley State.

Justin Garcia
Assistant Coach

Justin Garcia was appointed an assistant coach prior to the 2015 season by head coach Chris Ebright.  Garcia works primarily with the infielders and hitters.

In Coach Garcia's first year, he helped the team improve from the number four defensive team in the GLIAC to the top of the ranks for the 2015 season with a .962 fielding percentage. Senior Chris Perkovich earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors at third base while sophomore Chad Carson was named the the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team under his tutelage.

During the 2016 season, the fielding percentage improved to .968, ranking first in the GLIAC. Infielder Jordan Swiss earned All-GLIAC First Team and GLIAC Freshman of the Year.

Garcia brings with him a lot of knowledge of the game of baseball and the Tri-Cities area.  He was an assistant coach for 11 years at his alma mater, Bay City Western High School, under Hall of Fame coach Tim McDonald.  During his time at Bay City Western, the team compiled a 325-100-5 record, won four Saginaw Valley League titles, four district and regional championships, was a four time state semi-finalist, and won two state titles (2013 and 2014).  The Warriors were the first ever repeat state champion in division one in the 43 year history of MHSAA tournament play.

Garcia coached several players who have gone on to play collegiate baseball during his tenure at Bay City Western.  These players have gone on to play at the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, and Kansas State University as well as several division two and junior colleges.

He prepped at Bay City Western High School before attending Saginaw Valley State University where he played baseball from 1998-2002.  Garcia was a teammate of both Coach Ebright and Coach Scott.  Garcia helped lead the Cardinals to back-to-back GLIAC Championships in 2000 and 2001 and the programs first ever berth in the NCAA regional tournament.  During his tenure at SVSU, the Cardinals made three regional appearances (2000, 2001, and 2002).

Garcia was named freshman of the year in 1998 and was the 2002 SVSU male athlete of the year.  He holds the eighth-best slugging percentage (.663) in a season which he recorded during his freshman campaign.  He led the team in batting average that year as well.  Garcia’s career .334 batting average is good for tenth all-time in SVSU baseball history.

Garcia is a fifth and sixth grade teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in Frankenlust Township.  He resides in Bay City with his wife, Melissa, and two daughters: Lillian and Elaina.

Joe Albaugh
Volunteer Assistant Coach - Hitting Coach

Joe Albaugh is in his second season as the hitting coach for the Saginaw Valley State baseball team. In Albaugh’s first season as hitting coach, the Cardinal offense set highs in a number of different categories. The 2017 season saw the Cardinals hit .307 with 93 doubles, 10 triples and 41 home runs. Along the way, SVSU produced 282 RBI and a .392 on-base percentage.
Prior to joining the Cardinals coaching staff, Albaugh has served as the Coleman High School Varsity Baseball coach (1985-1993) and the Varsity Softball coach (2000-2010). During his tenure as the Head Baseball coach, Coleman amassed over 250 wins claiming 4 Conference titles, 4 District titles, 2 Regional Championships, 1 State Runner-Up and 1 State Championship. As the Coleman Varsity Softball coach, the Comets claimed an impressive 8 Conference titles, 7 Districts titles, 5 Regional titles and 1 State championship.
During the summers of 1988-1994, Albaugh served as an instructor in Medford, Mass. with Walt Hriniak working with a number of professional players. Also during that span, he assisted former University of Michigan baseball coach Bill Freehan with hitters during various summer camps.
Albaugh has helped develop over 50 collegiate baseball and softball players from the Junior College to Division I levels, including the Mid-American Conference and Big Ten Conference. Albaugh is the only coach in Michigan to achieve a state high school championship in both baseball and softball. Albaugh is a 1977 graduate from Central Michigan University and has been inducted into the Midland County Hall of Fame and Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Adam Goodwin
Student Assistant Coach

Adam Goodwin was appointed a Student Assistant coach prior to the 2016 season by head coach Chris Ebright. Goodwin works primarily with defensive positioning and will assist Coach Garcia with hitters and infielders.

Goodwin brings with him a solid foundation for the game of baseball and the local area. He was an assistant coach for two years at his alma mater, Midland High School, under Coach Eric Albright. In the summer months Goodwin is an assistant coach for perennial power, Midland Berryhill Post 165 American Legion baseball team in Midland under Steve Cronkright. During his time with the program since 2013, Midland Post 165 has won two Regional Championships (2014, 2015) and advanced to the American Legion World Series twice (2014, 2015).

He prepped at Midland High School and attended Delta College before transferring to Saginaw Valley State University this past summer.

He has a twin brother, Alex, who plays baseball at Western Michigan University and an older sibling, Michael who played college baseball at Northwood University from 2007-2010. Goodwin resides in Midland.