Rob Ramseyer (Fourth Season)
Rob Ramseyer begins his fourth year leading Hesston College Baseball. Last year, he led the Larks to a school-record 28 wins and a second consecutive NJCAA Region VI title. Hesston Baseball was just two wins away from the 2014 NJCAA World Series. Ramseyer’s Larks have racked up 77 wins in three consecutive winning seasons.
Originally from Wichita, Kan., Ramseyer earned an undergraduate degree in history from MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kan., in 2006 and a master’s degree in sport studies from the University of Kansas in 2010. He played two years as a first baseman for MNU. Ramseyer coached at MNU from 2007 until accepting the job at Hesston. He helped the Pioneers to four consecutive seasons of at least 20 wins, a first for the program. MNU finished the 2011 regular season with a 29-15 mark, winning its first Heart of America Western Division Championship and receiving votes in the national polls for the first time.
18 of Ramseyer’s former players have been selected in MLB’s amateur draft, with two additional players having played or are currently playing independent pro ball. While a hitting coach at MNU, Ramseyer tutored eight all-conference players.
Ramseyer started his coaching career at Lawrence Free State High School in 2006 where he served as an assistant varsity coach and head coach in the American Legion summer baseball program. He has spent several summers working in the Athletes in Action Baseball Organization. In the summer of 2008 he was the head coach of the Bolivar A’s of the New York Collegiate League. He served as the head coach for the Fairbanks AIA Fire of the prestigious Alaska Baseball League in summer 2009. He also was an assistant coach for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League, who took the Western Division Championship in the summer of 2010.
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as baseball coach at Hesston College,” Ramseyer said. “My wife and I could not be more excited in becoming part of the campus community at Hesston.We were very impressed with the people of Hesston College from our first interactions and throughout the interview process. It is a unique institution with a very strong commitment to Christian higher education and competitive athletics.”
Coach Ramseyer and his wife Charlie reside in Newton. They have a one-year-old daughter, Jane.
Kyle Howell, Associate Head Coach (First Season)
Kyle Howell enters his first season as Associate Head Coach for the Larks. Coach Howell will serve as Hesston’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Prior to arriving at Hesston, Howell made stops at College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Mo.), El Paso (Texas) Community College and Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, Mo.). Howell has coaching experience in the professional ranks (Washington Nationals) and currently serves as an associate scout for the Boston Red Sox.
While at El Paso CC, Howell handled the recruiting efforts for the Tejanos. During his time at EPCC he mentored a pair of MLB Draft picks, the WJCAC Player of the Year and the 2014 NJCAA National Player of the Year.
During the summer of 2013, Howell served as the assistant coach for the Midwest Nationals 18U Scout Team based out of Springfield, Mo. In Coach Howell’s first season the Nationals would go on to finish 46-11, including winning the Premier Baseball National Championship.
After finishing his playing career at SBU, Coach Howell remained in Bolivar, Mo., and joined the Bearcats’ coaching staff. Following the 2010 fall semester he accepted a coaching position in the Washington Nationals organization, serving as strength and conditioning coach and first base coach for the Class-A affiliate Hagerstown (Md.) Suns.
Coach Howell currently resides in Valley Center, Kan., with his wife, Kassie and daughter, Khloe (2).
Zach Mercer, assistant coach (Fourth Season)
Originally from Midland, Mich., Mercer worked in the restaurant business for many years before moving to Ocala, Fla. Coach Mercer has worked extensively as an umpire and has coached at Lake City High School in Michigan. Zach and his wife Michelle have been married for 17 years and have three kids, TaShannah, Briannah, and Ryan.
Andrew Kroeker, assistant coach (Second Season)
Andrew played four years at Central Christian College, McPherson, Kan., where he graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Andrew Pina, assistant coach (First Season)