Joe Myers enters his eighth season with the University of Dallas baseball program, and fourth as the baseball head coach.
Myers guided his team to a 14-26 record overall, which was a two-win improvement. Under his tutelage, four players received all-conference honors with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Headling the quartet was Jordan Stickler, who also notched D3baseball.com All-West Region Third Team, and United States Collegate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American. Seth Hanson was another USCAA All-American. He joined Abraham Griesbauer and Nathan Patton to complete the four All-SCAC selections from UD. William Marshall and Josh Abalos got it done in the classroom with spots on the USCAA National All-Academic Team.
In the 2016 season, Myer's club produced a 12-28 record and 8-10 mark in the SCAC. His squad did produce a 7-2 home record within league play, which included defeating No. 18 Centenary College two-of-three games. Myers, a former pitching coach, had Luciano Villanueva earn SCAC All-Conference Second Team. Thomas Martin was an Honorable Mention. Both Martin and William Marshall secured post-season awards from the USCAA. Marshall received All-Academic National team while Martin was an All-American Second Team.
Myers was appointed as the interim baseball head coach in October, 2014. That spring of 2015, the Crusaders went 10-28 record overall and held a 4-14 mark against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) foes.
Under Myer’s guidance, three players were named to All-Conference Teams. Junior Luciano Villanueva and senior Trevor Keele earned the All-SCAC Second Team honors in outfield and designated hitter, respectively. Keele added to his collection with an honorable mention for pitcher, and sophomore Ryan Hammonds completed the unit with the same award as a starting arm.
Myers spent the previous four seasons working as an assistant coach with former head coach Fraser Holmes, who resigned September, 2014.
Myers focused his role as the pitching coach during his previous position with Dallas. The Crusaders, in his four years with the team, had an earned run average of 4.77.
Prior to his appointment to Dallas, he coached at Spring Arbor University (SAU) under Sam Riggleman as assistant pitching coach/assistant recruiting coordinator.
A native of Michigan, Coach Myers played collegiate baseball at Spring Arbor University (Mich.) from 2003-2008.
Appearing in five seasons with the Cougars, he split time between at first and third base, before becoming a starting pitcher in his junior year.
Sidelined by Tommy John Surgery, Coach Myers was moved to closer, and remained in this role for the rest of his tenure at SAU. During that season, he was named to the all-conference and all-region teams.
SAU made the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series two years in a row. He was responsible for closing out three games in the 2008 World Series. SAU placed third and second in those two respective appearances, and netted the nation’s best winning-streak of 36 games in 2007.
Coach Myers graduated from SAU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing/Management, and currently resides in Irving, Texas, with wife Christie.
Schweiss, an alumni pitcher for the UD Baseball program from 2009-12, was named the assistant coach prior to the 2016-17 season. He is the team's pitching coach. Schweiss had served on staff the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach. The final two years of the right-hander's career included the pitcher playing with current head coach Joe Myers – who enters his third season at the helm next spring. Myers was an assistant coach and handled the pitchers during the last two years Schweiss pitched.
Schweiss brings experience working with Myers and being part of the Crusaders' staff throughout the last two springs. He has worked with many players on the current roster. Schweiss will also aid in the recruiting side of the position, having attended UD.
After Schweiss graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Finance, Schweiss signed with the Normal Cornbelters out of Normal, Illinois. Schweiss pitched four summers (2013-16) with the Cornbelters, logging a 25-23 record, 4.03 ERA, 71 appearances (61 starts), 375 innings, and 330 strikeouts over his career. In 2016, the native of Parker, Colorado, was named to the West Division All-Star Game.
In his collegiate career, Schweiss was a four-year letterwinner and is the all-time leader in the program for saves (9). In 2011, the co-Team MVP earned top 20 spots in NCAA Division III National Statistical Rankings. This included: 1.03 ERA (3rd), 5.68 hits allowed per nine innings (12th), and 9 wins (19th).
Other accolades garnered by Schweiss included: AD31 Baseball First Team (2010, '11), D3Baseball.com Honorable Mention All-America (2011), USCAA Baseball All-American Team (2011), All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team (2012), and SCAC Spring Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll (2012).
In the offseason from the Cornbelters in 2014-16, Schweiss worked with the Dallas Independent School District. He helped build new databases in DISD system. Prior to that in his hometown, Schweiss coached at Bardo's Diamond Sports as a Youth Baseball Instructor from October 2013-April '14.
The baseball team is beginning its fall season and will have an intrasquad later this month. Currently opening day for the team is February 4 at home versus Sul Ross State University.