HEAD COACH - CAP POHLMAN
The 2013-14 season will be Coach Pohlman's16th year as head coach of the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks. He owns a record of 475 & 293. His 2007-2008 Jayhawk squad won the school's first Conference Championship and the 2009-2010 squad broke 21 school records including a record 44 wins. Last year's squad finished 2nd in the conference with a 34 & 15 record. He was born and raised in Saginaw Michigan. Pohlman threw 7 no hitters at Saginaw Douglas MacArthur High School. He then moved on to Central Michigan University; his career there was highlighted by 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 38 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 Allen Manyen
Coach Manyen is a graduate from Mason High School, where he was a 4 year varsity baseball starter. After his high school career, he started his college baseball career at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. After his freshman year, he transferred to Muskegon Community College and played for Coach Pohlman during the 2010-2011 season. He was very successful during that season and signed to play for Aquinas College and played his last 2 years of eligibility there.
Coach Manyen’s parents are Mark and Lori Manyen. He also has a younger sister named Sara. Coach Manyen is an avid fisherman and hunter during his free time and loves to stay active and be outside.
Assistant Coach Dan Bloom
Coach Bloom is eager to begin his first 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 close to his goal of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
Coach Bloom currently works at Extra Innings as a hitting and catching instructor. He also helps with field maintenance at Marsh Field. He spent time this summer as an assistant with a 17U Riptide Baseball team.
Assistant Coach Ched Gaskin
Coach Gaskin is starting his first year as an assistant with the Jayhawk Baseball Team. He was born in Ocala, Florida and moved many times throughout his childhood before his family finally settled in Michigan. He is a 2009 graduate of Brighton High School. He chose Muskegon Community College to continue his education and baseball career. After playing for two years for Coach Pohlman he transferred to Purdue University North Central where he was named second team All-American.