The 2017 season will mark Chris Ebright's third full season as the Head Baseball Coach. He was officially named the Head Coach of the SVSU baseball program on September 8th, 2014. Ebright brings with him a resume that includes a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience, ranging from the professional, collegiate and summer collegiate league ranks.
In his career coaching at the collegiate and top-tier summer league baseball levels, Ebright has had 20 players advance on to the professional ranks. Thirteen of those players were taken in the MLB Draft and seven others who played in the highest independent leagues.
During the 2016 season, the Cardinals went 22-28 overall and 14-18 in the conference. The season ended with a four game sweep over Ohio Dominican. Four players earned All-GLIAC honors. Jordan Swiss earned GLIAC Freshman of the Year.
In 2015, Ebright's team went 20-20-1 overall and 14-17-1 in the GLIAC. They finished the season with a loss to the Walsh Cavaliers. The baseball team had five players named with All-GLIAC honors. Michael Ellenbest was named GLIAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year.
Ebright took over the reigns full-time after serving in the capacity of Interim Head Coach for the team's final 19 games of the 2014 season. Over that span, he led the Cardinals to a 12-7 record, including a late season charge into the GLIAC Tournament, one that finished with a 3rd place showing at the annual league postseason tourney.
Ebright was hired as the pitching coach at SVSU, his alma mater, prior the the 2014 season. Before that, he spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. His coaching career has also led him to stops at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri as well as Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York.
Ebright served as the head coach of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters as well, a summer collegiate baseball team in the Northwoods League, the largest league of its kind in North America. Throughout his coaching tenure, Ebright has worked closely with hitters and catchers while also being heavily involved with the recruitment of student athletes. In addition to his assistant coaching duties at universities, Ebright has experienced tremendous success in summer leagues as a manager, dating back to 2009.
In the summer of 2013 Ebright managed the Roswell Invaders, an independent professional baseball team in the PECOS League. He led the Invaders to the most wins in League history with a 55-17 record (.764 winning percentage) and also won the PECOS League Championship, eventually leading him to being named PECOS League Manager of the Year.
Prior to moving into the professional ranks in 2013, Ebright operated as the field manager in two summer collegiate leagues. He most recently led the Newark Pilots in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League from 2011-2012, where he led his team to playoff appearances in both seasons at the helm. In 2011, the Pilots won the Perfect Game Championship with a 30-24 record. The 2011 team finished the season ranked 29th in the nation among all summer collegiate wood bat teams. He was also named the manager for the PGCBL All-Star Game both seasons.
Ebright began his summer collegiate managing career with the Hornell Dodgers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, where he spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He compiled a two-year record of 53-37 (.588 winning percentage) with the Dodgers, guiding his team to the 2009 Western Division Championship with a 34-14 record. Ebright was runner-up for Coach of the Year in 2009 and was named an All-Star Game coach in both seasons in the NYCBL.
Ebright earned his Masters of Education degree from Central Methodist University in 2011 and Bachelors degree in Accounting from Saginaw Valley State in 2003. As a collegiate player, Ebright was a four-year starter at catcher for Saginaw Valley State. He served as Captain of the baseball team during the 2002 season, earned the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002, Rookie of the Year Award in 1999, and set school records in several offensive categories from 1999-2002. After his playing career at Saginaw Valley State ended, Ebright spent two summers playing in the Western Australia Professional Baseball League for the Vic Park Reds and the Wembley Magpies.