Title: Assistant Head Coach / Infielders
Nick Schnabel completed his fifth season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan baseball program in 2017. Schnabel is the recruiting coordinator for the Maize and Blue as well as working with the Wolverine infielders.
Schnabel helped the Wolverines garner the 20th-best recruiting class in 2013 and were 30th in 2014, according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He also coached infielder Travis Maezes, who was named an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2014 and 2015 and earned Big Ten All-Freshman team honors as a rookie and Jacob Cronenworth, who was an All-Big Ten second team selection and the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Both Maezes and Cronenworth were selected in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Schnabel also coached Jake Bivens, who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2015 and earned All-Big Ten third team honors in 2016.
Schnabel was East Carolina's hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons. During his three years with the Pirates, Schnabel mentored six Conference USA selections, including John Wooten and Zach Wright in 2012, and four All-C-USA All-Freshman team members. Four players also earned all-regional honors during his three years at ECU. Off the field, his recruiting efforts helped garner three consecutive Top 50 designations from Collegiate Baseball and a No. 28 ranking by PG Crosschecker in 2011. This past season, Schnabel directed an offense that ranked among Conference USA leaders in hits (626, 1st), batting average (.295, 2nd), RBI (300, 4th), runs (342, 4th), total bases (810, 4th) and home runs (30, 5th). Schnabel also has had six players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft sign with their respective clubs.
Prior to his appointment at ECU, Schnabel served for two seasons as the hitting instructor, recruiting coordinator and third base coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. While he was at Liberty, the Flames compiled a 68-47-1 overall record and a pair of Big South Conference championship game appearances. Liberty reached the 30-plus win plateau both seasons Schnabel was in Lynchburg. He also coached Tyler Bream, who was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2009. In Schnabel's first season at Liberty, the Flames set a school record with 155 doubles, ranking fifth in the country and ranked 23rd in the nation with 60 double plays turned.
Schnabel spent two seasons at the U.S. Military Academy, serving as Army's hitting instructor while working with their infielders and overseeing the club's defensive alignment. In 2006, Schnabel's first season at West Point, the Black Knights posted their third consecutive 30-plus win season and in 2007, Army advanced to its third Patriot League title game in four years. He coached Milan Dinga, who was named to the Pro-Line Cap All-America team presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2006, and Cole White, who was the Patriot League's Player of the Year and an American Baseball Coaches Association Northeast Region first team selection in 2007.
Schnabel was at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., in 2005 as the assistant coach in charge of infield instruction, the assistant hitting instructor and academic monitor. The Indians captured the Panhandle Conference Championship and went on to finish second in the state of Florida, reaching the state championship game.
He started his college coaching career as a volunteer coach at East Carolina in 2004. That season, ECU won a school-record 51 games and competed in the NCAA Super Regional in Columbia, S.C. The Pirates finished the season eighth in the country with a .975 fielding percentage and posted a .318 team batting average.
Schnabel played with Bakich at East Carolina in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He was a first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and the CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and helped the Pirates to consecutive league championships and No. 1 NCAA Regional seeds in 1999 and 2000. Schnabel began his collegiate career at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif., where he was a first team all-conference performer and preseason junior college All-American.
Following graduation, Schnabel spent four years in the Montreal Expos organization (2000-03) in five levels of the farm system.
Schnabel, a 2003 graduate of East Carolina, is married to the former Emily Gail Cox. The couple has two children, Cal and Caroline.
Title: Assistant Coach / Pitchers
The University of Michigan baseball program and head coach Erik Bakich announced Monday (July 24) that former Wolverine Chris Fetter will join the U-M coaching staff as the program's pitching coach. Fetter, who served the Los Angeles Dodgers as the minor league pitching coordinator prior to this appointment, will bring a wealth of both collegiate and professional experience to the Maize and Blue.
"We could not be more excited to welcome Chris Fetter and his amazing wife Jessica back to the Michigan Baseball family," said Bakich. "Our goal in this search was to find the very best developer of talent -- a true pitching technician, who can help all of our pitchers reach their maximum potential. The Dodgers are on the cutting edge of player development, and Chris brings extensive experience coaching, scouting and coordinating in professional baseball."
Fetter joined the Dodgers in the fall of 2016 after serving as the pitching coach at Ball State University for one season. During that time, he guided the Cardinals to a 4.31 team earned run average, which ranked second in the Mid-American Conference.
A four-year letterwinner at Michigan, Fetter became an All-American for the Wolverines and was a three-time All-Big Ten selection while guiding the Maize and Blue to three Big Ten championships and four NCAA appearances. He ranks first in Michigan history with 332.1 career innings pitched, third with 28 career wins, and third with 281 career strikeouts.
"My wife, Jessica, and I couldn't be more excited to return home to Michigan," said Fetter. "This university holds a special place in my heart, and to be able to come back and join Coach Bakich's staff is a dream come true. The culture Erik has created and his vision for the future is beyond impressive, and I look forward to rejoining the Michigan baseball family and leading the pitching staff for years to come."
Fetter graduated from Michigan in 2009 and was drafted by the San Diego Padres the following June in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He spent four years with the Padres as a pitcher in the minor leagues before turning to the coaching ranks and serving on the 2013 San Antonio Missions (Double-A) staff.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks at Ball State, Fetter worked for the Los Angeles Angels as a minor league scout for three seasons.
"His professional background combined with his loyalty and love for Michigan made Chris an obvious target from the start," notes Bakich. "He had an incredible Wolverine career as an All-American, three-time Big Ten champion, made four straight regional appearances and played in one super regional. Chris returning to Michigan to be our pitching coach further solidifies an extremely bright future for our program as we build on the championship success he experienced as a player while developing top professional prospects."
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
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Title: Director of Operations
Wayne Welton completed his fifth season with the Michigan baseball program and the fourth as the director of baseball operations. Welton was the volunteer assistant coach in 2012, working with the Wolverine outfielders as well as helping out in the day-to-day activities of Michigan baseball.
Welton was the head baseball coach at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, Mich., for 32 years. He had a record of 767-357-11 and guided the Bulldogs to a 1991 Class B state title and 13 Southeastern Conference championships. Welton was named the 1991 MHSBCA Coach of the Year and is an eight-time Regional Coach of the Year. He was elected to the MHSBCA Hall of Fame in 2003 and reached the 700-win plateau in 2007.
Welton also was the athletic director at Chelsea for 22 years, guiding 24 varsity programs with 90-plus coaches. He was named the Regional Athletic Director of the Year by the MIAAA in 2010 and earned the Bush Service Award by the Michigan High School Athletic Association in 2006.
Welton coached with USA Baseball as part of the Junior Olympics Task Force in 1995 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He also has worked the Michigan baseball camps since 2002.
Welton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Central Michigan University in 1977 and has his Master of Physical Education degree from Eastern Michigan University, earning that in 1984.
Title: Program Assistant
Head Coach Erik Bakich announced the hiring of Ryan Chipka as the team's Program Assistant in September of 2018.
Prior to coming to Michigan, Chipka served as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo. In his second stint with the Rockets, Chipka coached the outfielders, baserunners, and served as the first base coach during games. The Rockets outfield flourished under Chipka’s watch as centerfielder Ross Adolph earned first team all-MAC and all-Defensive team honors and freshman right fielder John Servello was named Freshman of the Year in the conference.
In 2017 Chipka served as the Director of Player Development and Scouting at Norfolk State in Norfolk, Va. While at NSU he oversaw the strength and speed training and nutritional plan for the baseball program. He was also in charge of obtaining and creating all scouting information, monitoring the team's academic progress and other program enhancements such as the Spartan Speaker Series and team's leadership training. The Spartans won the MEAC regular season championship and won their third straight MEAC Northern Division title.
In his first stint with the Rockets in 2016, Chipka coached the team's outfielders and coached first base during games. The Rockets won nine out of their last 10 games in the regular season to advance to the conference tournament for the seventh time in the last eight years. Chipka has also been active in the summer camp circuit working camps at some of the top programs in the country including Vanderbilt University, Auburn University, University of Virginia, Mississippi State University, and Notre Dame.
The Waterville, OH native returned home in 2016 after the spending the previous two years at the helm of the Rochester baseball program. During his time as the skipper at his alma mater, Chipka led the team to back-to-back USCAA Small College World Series'. The Warriors were ranked in the Top 10 of the country for much of the 2015 season. Rochester earned victories over NCAA Division II member Northwood University and swept the eventual seven seed of the World Series event. Rochester earned a win in the World Series over Penn State - Beaver, before being eliminated by St. Joseph's College.
As a player, Chipka had an excellent collegiate career for the Warriors. As the only four-time captain in program history, he helped lead the program to back-to-back USCAA Small College World Series appearances, including a program-best third-place finish in 2012. Chipka was named an All-American on the field to go along with being named a three-time Academic All-American, and he currently the holds the school record in hits, assists, and consecutive starts his senior season.
In addition to coaching the baseball team at Rochester College, he served as the school's sports information director. Prior to entering collegiate coaching, Chipka was a baseball instructor at the Varsity Shop Training Center and was an Associate Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Title: Video Coordinator
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