Mitch Hannahs returned to his alma mater in 2013 to become the 29th head coach of the Indiana State Sycamore baseball program. An All-American second baseman for Indiana State from 1986 to 1989, Hannahs also served as an assistant coach under the legendary Bob Warn from 1995 to 2001.
Hannahs is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Sycamore baseball history and was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
With Hannahs on the diamond from 1986 to 1989, Indiana State posted 172 victories and made trips to the NCAA Tournament in 1986, 1987 and 1989. He was named an All-American by American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Baseball America during his senior season in 1989.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Hannahs in the 16th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft with Hannahs playing three seasons in the minor leagues from 1989 to 1991. He put together a .306 batting average with 132 hits in 127 career games played.
Hannahs returned to Terre Haute in 1995 to serve as an assistant coach for Bob Warn. He served as the hitting and infield coach from 1995 to 1999 and was the Sycamore’s coach for pitchers and catchers from 1999 to 2001. He oversaw the development of several potential major league pitchers including Mitch Stetter, Joe Thatcher, Matt Zaleski, Alex Graman, and Aric LeClaire. He also saw the revitalizing of a pitching staff that was eighth in team earned run average in the Missouri Valley Conference to third in the MVC.
Hannahs moved on to become the head coach at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., for nine seasons where he led the Statesmen to Region 24 titles in 2005 and 2007, and the Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship in 2006 and 2007. He was inducted into the first class of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments at Skyvue High School (Graysville, Ohio) while playing basketball and baseball.
Hannahs and his wife, Amy, have three children: Derek, Kylee, and Kaleb.
In his first season at the helm, Hannahs led the Sycamores to a 35-18 overall record and 14-7 in the Missouri Valley while earning an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, the 10th appearance into the tournament in ISU baseball history, and the second in four years.
In Hannahs' second season, the Sycamores finished 28-26 overall and 8-13 in the Valley. Key wins during the 2015 campaign include defeating NCAA runner-up and defending champion Vanderbilt, 8-1 in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Sycamores swept in-state rival Indiana, taking two games from the Hoosiers, one at Bob Warn Field and the other in Bloomington.
Year three in Terre Haute was a standout season for the Sycamores under Hannahs. He led the squad to a 35-21 record and a 13-8 finish in the MVC and the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The season was punched full of memorable moments including weekend sweeps at Campbell and against Butler as well as an impressive sweep at home against Missouri State.
Andy DeJesus, Hunter Owen, Andy Young, Jeremy McKinney and Tyler Friis earned MVC postseason honors while Hunter Owen and Andy Young were taken in the MLB Draft. Right-hander Tyler Ward was also named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
Hannahs saw four players drafted in the 2017 season after the Sycamores finished the year 29-26 and 12-9 in The Valley. Four Sycamores earned MVC Postseason honors, including Tony Rosselli who was tabbed First Team All-MVC. Austin Conway Dane Giesler and Will Kincanon earned second team honors.
He led the Sycamores to a 31-24 overall record during the 2018 campaign and an 11-10 clip in Valley play. Hannahs eclipsed the 100-career win mark at Indiana State and moved into second all-time in program history in career wins behind long time skipper Bob Warn. Jake Means, Dane Giesler, Tyler Ward and Jarrod Watkins earned MVC postseason honors while Ward was also named an Honorable Mention MVC Scholar Athlete. Right-hander Ethan Larrison was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 16th round, marking the 10th player drafted under Hannahs while at Indiana State.
Overall Coaching Record
|Overall Record (5 Seasons)||158-115||58-47|
|MLB Draft Picks Under Mitch Hannahs|
|2014||Tyler Wampler||17th||519||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|2014||Mike Fitzgerald||27th||807||San Diego Padres|
|2015||Jeff Degano||2nd||57||New York Yankees|
|2016||Hunter Owen||25th||765||Pittsburg Pirates|
|2016||Andy Young||37th||1126||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2017||Will Kincanon||11th||327||Chicago White Sox|
|2017||Tyler Friis||21st||642||Cleveland Indians|
|2017||Jeremy McKinney||31st||943||Washington Nationals|
|2017||Damon Olds||33rd||990||Kansas City Royals|
|2018||Ethan Larrison||16th||489||Arizona Diamondbacks|
Brian Smiley was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July of 2017, after spending the previous eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Sycamore baseball program.
A native of Mount Vernon, Ind., Smiley serves numerous roles within the baseball program, including working with the team's infielders and hitters, coaching third base as well as serving as recruiting coordinator.
Smiley has recruited or coached some of the biggest names to come out of Indiana State over the last nine seasons including Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea (1st Round), Jeff Degano (2nd Round), Jake Petricka (2nd Round), Dakota Bacus (9th Round), Colin Rae (12th Round) and Ryan Strausborger (16th Round) among many others. Smiley recruited all four Sycamores that were taken in the 2017 MLB Draft. The class of Will Kincanon, Tyler Friis, Jeremy McKinney and Damon Olds was the largest ISU draft class since 2009.
Smiley has been a part of two NCAA Tournament berths in his time in Terre Haute, including the first NCAA appearance by the Sycamores since 1995. Working primarily with the Sycamore infield on the diamond, Smiley has watched his defense continually improve, ranking as high as fifth in the nation in fielding percentage in 2016 with a .980 fielding percentage. The Sycamores been ranked in the top-50 in the nation in fielding over the last three seasons and have been consistently ranked at the top of the Missouri Valley in the category.
Over his four years as a student-athlete in collegiate baseball, Smiley played one season each at Triton and Lincoln Trail Community College before transferring to play two seasons at Arkansas - Little Rock.
Brian, his wife, Katie, and their three children, Isaac, Christian and Vivienne reside in Terre Haute.
Jordan Tiegs joined the Indiana State baseball program in 2015 as the pitching coach.
In his four years working with Sycamore pitchers, Tiegs has guided the staff to an ERA under 4.50 three times including a 3.98 ERA in 2016. He has coached five players taken in the MLB Draft including Jeff Degano (2015), Will Kincanon (2017), Jeremy McKinney (2017), Damon Olds (2017) and Ethan Larrison (2018).
During the 2015 season, Tiegs saw right-hander Tyler Ward become the 12th players in program history to pick up Freshman All-American honors after being named to the list by Louisville Slugger. Ward finished his rookie season with a 6-5 record, holding a 3.81 ERA with a save and striking out 40 batters.
Tiegs worked with pitchers during a three-year stint with the UIndy Greyhounds. In the 2012 season, he mentored a pitching staff that set school records for shut outs (11) and second in school history in strikeouts in a season, 425. The Greyhounds earned trips to the Midwest Regionals in two of his three years while qualifying for the DII World Series in 2012 with a record of 46-16.
Tiegs played at Sauk Valley Community College for two years before pitching at DI College of Charleston for a season before ending his collegiate career at UIndy.
After a successful collegiate career, Tiegs was taken in the 2006 draft by the Cincinnati Reds where he spent two season playing in the Frontier League with the Evansville Otters before an injury ended his playing career.
Tiegs has earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications-Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration, as well as an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. Tiegs, a graduate from the University of Indianapolis, is a native of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.