HEAD COACH – CAP POHLMAN
The 2014-15 season will be Coach Pohlman’s 17th year as head coach of the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks. He has compiled a record of 510 wins and 311 losses. The 2013-14 team won the first outright league championship in school history with a league record of 21-4.
Coach Pohlman was born and raised in Saginaw Michigan. He threw seven no hitters at Saginaw Douglas MacArthur High School. He then moved on to Central Michigan University where his career highlights were defeating South Carolina on a no-hitter and in the Regional and defeating Big Ten Champion Iowa on a 3-hitter. He was drafted in the 9th round by the Milwaukee Brewers and spent two years in the minors before his career ended because of an arm injury. Coach Pohlman spent one season as a volunteer coach at CMU before becoming the head coach at Chesaning High School. His teams won seven conference championships. His best team was 32 & 7 and they set many state records. He left Chesaning to become the assistant baseball coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His primary responsibility there was working with the pitchers. Starting with an 8 man pitching staff Coach Pohlman built a pitching staff of 24 pitchers after 4 years. Four of his pitchers were drafted, including Scott Sauerbeck and Dave Swartzbaugh. In 2011 Garrett Bolt, who pitched for Pohlman at MCC, was drafted by the LA Dodgers.
Coach Pohlman spent 12 years at Fruitport High School before retiring. He spent 4 years as Varsity Baseball Coach. Three of those teams were conference champs. His high school record over 18 years was 351 wins and 145 losses. In 2002 Coach Pohlman was elected to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2009 he was selected to the CMU Hall of Fame as part of the 1971 National Runner-ups. His resume also includes coaching football, basketball and he was also an athletic director. He has spoken at many clinics and camps. He is supported by his wife of 40 years, Deb, a retired teacher. He has 2 children; his daughter Karli is a teacher at Muskegon Public Schools and she is married to Jason Baldus, who works at the Newaygo Intermediate School District. His son Carey is married to Cara and they are both teachers in Gastonia, North Carolina. He is also the proud grandpa of Karina and Jackson Baldus.
Assistant Coach Dan Bloom
Coach Bloom is eager to begin his second year as an Assistant Coach with the Jayhawk Baseball team. His responsibilities will include working with the catchers, instructing bunting and strength and conditioning.
Coach Bloom graduated from Mona Shores High School in 2009 with a 3.4 GPA. He was voted most improved player his senior year when he hit .391. He picked Albion College to continue his education because of their successful academics and baseball program. His first collegiate hit (an RBI single) was during the 2010 season against Madonna. He finished his career as the starting DH until injuries cut his season short. The decision to attend Albion was influenced by his mother and other members of his family who graduated from there. While at Albion he studied both Athletic Training and Exercise Science. Bloom accumulated 900 clinical hours at Albion, assisted with WMU’s hockey team and observed at Shoreline Sport & Spine in Grand Haven. He is a Certified Personal Trainer and is working toward becoming a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.