Assistant Coach / Pitching Coach
Jordan Schwellenbach was named the Pitching Coach of the SVSU baseball program by Head Coach Chris Ebright prior to the 2015 season. Schwellenbach graduated from Northwood University in 2014 with a BBA in Advertising/Marketing. He enters his third season coaching.
In the 2016 season, the team had an ERA of 4.98, 146 walks and 261 strikeouts. The team averaged 6.16 strikeouts per game. Two of SVSU's pitchers, Michael Ellenbest and Scott Sency, earned All-GLIAC honors.
In Schwellenbach's first year, the pitching staff went from a team ERA of 5.90 down to 3.64. The cardinal pitching staff also went from 182 walks in 2014 to 112 walks in 2015. Sophomore Scott Sency and Redshirt Freshman Mike Ellenbest were 2nd Team All-GLIAC selections, with Ellenbest receiving GLIAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year honors. Senior reliever Jeff Schalk was named All-GLIAC Honorable mention under his tutelage.
Schwellenbach was a pitcher for Northwood University from 2011-2014. He appeared in 58 games, which is 4th all time for the Timberwolves. He compiled a 7-7 record with eight saves in his collegiate career, which is good for 3rd all time. Prior to Northwood, Schwellenbach played for Bob Andrezejewski at Heritage High School in Saginaw, Michigan.
Schwellenbach was the head coach of the Michigan Area Braves during the 2014 summer. The Braves are a wood bat summer team located in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan. They are a member of the Great Lakes United Baseball League. He was appointed the head coach of the team prior to the 2014 summer. In his first and only season as the head coach, the team was a NABF World Series quarter-finalist and regional champions.
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 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.
Chris Mocerino enters his first season as an Assistant Coach with the SVSU baseball program for the 2017 season. He will be working with the Cardinal infielders while assisting with hitting, as well as overseeing the JV team.
Mocerino comes off of the 2016 summer season as an Assistant Coach for the Michigan Bulls of the Livonia Collegiate Baseball League. The Bulls finished first in the League, advancing to the NABF World Series Tournament.
From 2015-16, Chris was on staff at the Bullpen Baseball Academy as an instructor in all facets of the game, including hitting and position play.
For the 2015-16 season, Chris served as the Graduate Intern of Baseball Operations for Head Coach Jake Boss Jr. at Michigan State University. While at MSU, Chris was involved in creating and executing statistical analysis on player performance, video analysis, organizing scouting reports, and organizing and implementing baseball camps.
Mocerino played his summer ball with Chief Pontiac American Legion where he set records for hits, doubles, and home runs in 2009 while leading the team to the State Playoffs for 2 consecutive seasons. He set the RBI record in 2011.
Chris was a student-athlete at Central Michigan University under Head Coach Steve Jaksa. A 3-year starter and 2-time team captain at Clarkston High School, he was an All-Oakland County selection as a senior in 2010 where he led the Wolves to a 22-9 record and a Regional Final while batting .476 at shortstop.
Mocerino earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, with a Concentration in Coaching, from Michigan State University in 2016. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, with a Minor in Exercise Science, in 2015 from Oakland University.
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.