Wednesday, November 7, 2012

SRU's Messer Elected ABCA VP

SRU’s  Messer elected to ABCA vice president position

Rock Head Baseball Coach  Jeff Messer will become the American Baseball Coaches Association's fourth  vice president at the conclusion of the association's annual convention in  early January


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock  University Head Baseball Coach Jeff Messer has been elected as the fourth vice  president of the American Baseball Coaches Association, the ABCA announced  Wednesday.

Messer, who will begin his 28th season as The Rock's head  coach, will assume his new role in early January, at the conclusion of the  ABCA's national convention in Chicago.

At that time, Messer will  relinquish his duties as the ABCA's Division II chair and as a member of the  association's board of directors, roles he has filled for the last four  seasons.

As fourth vice president, Messer will remain a member of the  ABCA's executive committee. He will return to the board of directors in  January 2016 when he assumes the role of first vice president.

Messer  will become the ABCA's president in January 2017.

Messer has a long  history of service to the ABCA. He is currently serving for the 17th  consecutive season as the regional chairperson and national poll voter for the  ABCA's Division II rankings panel. He also served eight seasons on the NCAA  Division II postseason selection committee.

A native of Lee, Mass.,  Messer has compiled an 839-499-2 (.627) career record as The Rock's head  coach. He is the active leader and ranks second all-time among Pennsylvania  collegiate baseball coaches in career victories.

Messer-coached Rock  teams have claimed 15 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division  titles, two PSAC tournament championships, two PSAC runner-up finishes, four  regional championships and two regional runner-up honors.

A graduate of  Springfield College and owner of a master's degree from Oklahoma City College,  Messer has been honored 10 times by his PSAC-Western Division peers as the  division's “Coach of the Year” and has received four regional coaching  honors.

Under Messer's leadership, the Green and White have made four  appearances in the NCAA Division II College World Series and recorded an  average of 31 victories per season.
Bob McComas
Sports Information  Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old  Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Cell:  724.421.5658

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