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.
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.
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