Jandron named assistant baseball coach at CMU

By ANDY SNEDDON

Central Michigan University

and Journal Sports Staff

MOUNT PLEASANT — Central Michigan University baseball coach Jordan Bischel named Tony Jandron and Kyle Schroeder to assistant coaching positions on Friday.

Each served under Bischel at NCAA Division II and GLIAC member Northwood University, where the trio combined to lead the program to unprecedented success. Bischel was named head coach at CMU on June 28.

“The foundation of our baseball program is based on a family feel with chemistry and a team-first attitude as key components,” Bischel said in announcing the hiring of Jandron and Schroeder. “Not only are Kyle and Tony outstanding baseball coaches, but they will make an immediate impact in these areas.”

Jandron joined Bischel’s Northwood staff in 2016. Both Jandron and Schroeder served in a variety of roles at Northwood.

“Our success at Northwood was in large part due to the work our assistant coaches did in terms of recruiting, player development and character building,” Bischel said. “Our student-athletes will quickly embrace and connect with both Kyle and Tony. I am thrilled to have them on board.”

Jandron started his coaching career at College of DuPage, a junior college in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, before joining Bischel at Northwood.

The versatile Jandron, who in college played every position but catcher, was a standout at St. Norbert in De Pere, Wisconsin, the same school that produced Bischel.

Jandron was an NCAA Division III All-American in 2010 when he led the division with a .511 batting average.

He helped lead the Green Knights to four consecutive Midwest Conference championships from 2007-10, was a four-time all-conference player, and earned player of the year honors in both the NCAA Central Region and the Midwest Conference as a senior.

Jandron is a graduate of Negaunee High School, like his younger brother Tyler Jandron, who finished his collegiate playing career at Northwood this spring. Both brothers were standouts in basketball, too, with Tony also playing that sport at St. Norbert.

Tyler Jandron recently signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball after twice being named GLIAC Pitcher of the Year at Northwood.

Schroeder coached under Bischel when Bischel was head coach at Midland University in Nebraska from 2013-14. Together, they led Midland to a league championship and an appearance in the NAIA national tournament.

Schroeder came north with Bischel to Northwood where, in just four years, they turned the Timberwolves into the premier program in the GLIAC, winning league regular season and tournament championships in each of the past two seasons.

Schroeder played at Luther (Iowa) College from 2004-07, leading it to Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships during his senior year, when he was named the IIAC Most Valuable Player.

He began his coaching career as an assistant in 2008 at Luther and also served as an assistant with the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League, which is recognized as one of the nation’s top summer leagues for college players.