Muskegon Community College has hired veteran pitching coach Nate Glant, who for the past two seasons has been the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Lincoln Trail College in Illinois, as its new head baseball coach.
Glant, a relief pitcher on the 2002 MCC baseball team, replaces Greg Guzman, who directed the MCC baseball program for the past four-and-a-half seasons.
“We are excited to welcome a former Jayhawk back to MCC,” said Marty McDermott, Dean of College Services and Athletic Director. “Nate is passionate about student athletes and using baseball to teach life skills.”
A native of Fort Wayne, IN, Glant played baseball and wrestled at Wayne High School. At MCC, he led the Jayhawks in relief innings pitched during the 2002 campaign. He then attended Aurora University in Illinois, where he competed on two NCAA Div. III World Series baseball teams.
Glant became a certified NPA pitching coach in 2013 and owned and operated a baseball academy in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
In 2017, Glant was the pitching coach at Dawson CC in Glendive, MT. His pitching staff ranked in the Top 10 nationally in ERA, strikeouts and walks. One of his players, Reynaldo Pichardo, was drafted by the Texas Rangers.
In 2018, Glant joined Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, IL, as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. His pitching staff finished 15th in the nation in ERA with all pitchers advancing to four-year universities. During the 2019 season, the pitching staff finished in the top 20 in the country in all major pitching categories, with all pitchers earning positions at four-year universities. One of his pitchers, Jordan Brewer, was drafted in 2019 by the Houston Astros.
During the summer of 2018, Glant was the associate head coach/pitching coach for the Cortland Crush in Cortland, NY, where the team competed in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL). He coached Jake Kinney, who was drafted in 2018 by the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I am extremely excited to be named the head coach at MCC,” said Glant. “I appreciate Marty for giving me the opportunity. Being at MCC is special to me. It is where college baseball started for me. I have always had a special place in my heart for Muskegon. I’m ready to get to work and build off the success that MCC has experienced in the past and I have very high aspirations for the future of Jayhawk baseball.”
“My goal for this season is for our team to get better every single day, to compete for a conference and a regional championship, and to make sure that our sophomores go on to four-year schools. “