Meggs Steps Down at Indiana State; Heads to Washington
Monday, July 27, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman announced today (July 27) that head baseball coach Lindsay Meggs has resigned his position in order to accept the same position at Washington. Meggs’ resignation is effective immediately.

“It has been a pleasure to work with coach Lindsay Meggs for the past three years,” Prettyman said. “He has revitalized the program and brought a renewed level of respect back to Sycamore Baseball.  I wish him and his family well as they make this transition.”

Meggs enjoyed a tremendous level of success at Indiana State, highlighted by earning Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors this past season after nearly leading the Sycamores to the league’s regular season championship. The Sycamores finished as the league’s No. 2 seed as they advanced to the MVC Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2005.

Meggs was the first Sycamore skipper to earn the award since Bob Warn won back-to-back honors in 1983 and 1984. In 2009, Meggs led his ISU squad to a 33-18 record overall and a 15-7 mark in Valley play after being picked to finish sixth in the league’s pre-season poll. The 33 wins were the most by an ISU squad since 2003 and the team’s second place finish in the conference standings marked its best effort since 1998, when the Sycamores finished second to league champion Wichita State.

The Sycamore skipper also helped nine of his players earn All-Missouri Valley Conference honors including four players who earned first team plaudits: Brady Shoemaker (OF), Ryan Strausborger (UTL), Nick Ciolli (OF) and Joe Rodriguez (SP). Shoemaker was the team’s representative on the ABCA All-Midwest Region squad.

In addition, Shoemaker earned ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-America honors this past season. ISU also placed three players on the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.

Under Meggs’ leadership the Sycamores had a total of five players selected during this summer’s Major League Baseball draft and one other signed a free agent contract in professional baseball.

In 2007, Meggs led off his ISU career by coaching the Sycamores to a 26-26 mark and a 7-17 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. In 2008, the Sycamores were 18-32 overall and 9-15 in the Valley after playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules.
Meggs took the reins of the Sycamore baseball program in 2006, after spending the previous 13 seasons as head coach at Chico State, where he guided the Wildcats to two NCAA Division II National Championships and compiled an overall record of 538-228-4. 
Meggs’ Wildcats qualified for the World Series seven times in 10 years and also captured eight conference championships and seven regional crowns during that 10-year span.  A two-time NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year (1997 & 1999), Meggs was named regional coach of the year seven times and captured conference coach of the year honors on seven occasions.

A national search for a new head baseball coach is underway.