By Josh Monsen and Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va. – Southern Virginia University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today named Jerry Schlegelmilch as the seventh head baseball coach in the program's history.
"We are very excited to have Coach Schlegelmilch at the helm of our baseball program once again," Lamb said of Schlegelmilch. "As a former professional player and long-time coach, he brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and experience that will elevate our program."
Schlegelmilch previously served as Southern Virginia's third head baseball coach from 2002-06, leading the Knights to 57 wins during his five-year tenure. In 2006, Schlegelmilch stepped down as the Knights head coach to teach physical education full-time at Brigham Young University—Idaho. Last season, Schlegelmilch rejoined the Knights' baseball staff as an assistant coach after retiring from BYU-I.
"With Coach Schlegelmilch's exposure to our program last year we are looking forward to a seamless transition in the program," Lamb commented. "I'm also very grateful that Tyler Cox has agreed to be a part of Jerry's staff. Tyler has an intimate knowledge of the program as both a player and coach and has been a part of the success that baseball has seen thus far."
Drafted out of California State Polytechnic University—Pomona in 1969 by the Minnesota Twins, Schlegelmilch played first base and outfield at the single-A level for the Wisconsin Rapids and Lynchburg Twins. He tallied 332 minor league games with 309 hits for the Twins organization.
Following three years with Minnesota, Schlegelmilch was traded to the San Diego Padres where he played two seasons with the Padres organization before transitioning into a coaching position at Rio Hondo College in 1974. After 17 years with the Rio Hondo Roadrunners, Schlegelmilch moved from California to Idaho where he served as the head baseball coach at Brigham Young University–Idaho (then Rick's College) for 11 seasons before moving to Southern Virginia.
"I'm very excited for this opportunity to be back at Southern Virginia University," Coach Schlegelmilch said. "I love the atmosphere here and felt privileged to be with the players last season. Our players are great young men who I look forward to working with both on and off the field."
Schlegelmilch replaces Logan Mann who coached the Knights for the past nine seasons, leading baseball to a 139-177 record during his tenure.