Andrew Bartman has been named the 17th head baseball coach in the history of MacMurray College. However, he is no stranger to MacMurray.
Bartman was a catcher/first baseman for the Highlanders from 2004-2006. “I am tremendously excited to be coming back to my alma mater to lead a program,” he said. “I cannot wait to hit the recruiting trail and begin getting prospects excited about MacMurray. I am extremely grateful to Athletic Director Dane Pavlovich and the Mac family for the opportunity that has been placed before me. I look forward to tackling the challenges ahead and restoring the program to the heights of excellence.”
Bartman has solid experience coaching at the collegiate level. During the springs of 2010 and 2011, he was the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Lincoln College, a two-year private college in Lincoln, IL. While he was there, Coach Bartman helped Head Coach Tony Thomas bring the program to new heights.
His first year brought an eight-win improvement from the previous year, and 2011 was one of the program’s most successful to date. Bartman’s first recruiting class arriving for the 2011 season was the largest early-commitment class in history, and the teammates proceeded to lead the Lynx baseball squad to its highest conference finish in 15 years, including the school’s first ever NJCAA National Player of the Week. In addition, that campaign lowered the pitching staff’s ERA. by more than 4 runs per game and garnered Lincoln votes in a national poll for the first time.
Prior to Lincoln College, Bartman was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, IL., working with Head Coach Rob Fournier for three years. During his time at Wabash Valley, Bartman helped to recruit players to a program with a perennial national ranking in Division I junior college, and four pitchers were drafted by Major League organizations in two years.
In addition, numerous pitchers from Wabash Valley signed scholarships to collegiate programs at all levels: University of Kentucky (2), University of Arkansas, Ole Miss, Cincinnati, Indiana State (3), Bowling Green, Alcorn State, Norfolk State, Austin Peay, and Tennessee Martin, along with perennial Division II powers Delta State and Southern Indiana.
During Bartman’s time at Wabash Valley, the school finished third, first, and second consecutively in the highly competitive Great Rivers Athletic Conference. Coach Bartman is also proud to have been a part of Coach Fournier’s 500th win at Wabash Valley. The school’s pitching staff finished with a 3.00 ERA or better in the last two seasons Bartman was coaching there.
Coach Bartman has had the opportunity to be an instructor at many baseball camps around the country, including at the University of Kentucky, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana State University, Creighton University, TPX Top 96, Eastern Illinois University, Bradley University, Morehead State University, and the College Coaches Skills Camps.
Bartman is also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and an Associate Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He obtained a B.S. in Physical Education from MacMurray in 2006 and also obtained a Masters of Science in Sports Management from American Public University in May of 2011. Coach Bartman, 28, is married to the former Nicole Tucker of Buffalo, IL.