Former Bandit Chris Schwartz Named WIAC Coach of the Year

May 17, 2012

Former Manitowoc Bandits player/coach has been named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Baseball Coach of the Year in a vote by his peers.

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Chris Schwartz, a Manitowoc native and the head coach of the UW-La Crosse baseball team, has been named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Baseball Coach of the Year in a vote by his peers.

This past season, he led UW-La Crosse to a school-record 33 wins (33-9) while also setting a school record with 21 WIAC victories (21-2). The Eagles won their first conference title since 2000 this season and their first outright league championship since 1978.

UW-L also won its second WIAC Tournament title in school history with a 9-1 victory over UW-Whitewater May 12, qualifying the Eagles in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The No. 2 seed faces No. 7 Aurora University (Ill.) today at UW-Whitewater at 7 p.m.

Schwartz, a graduate of Manitowoc Lutheran High, is in his eighth season as head coach at UW-L and ranks third in career victories (166). He was also WIAC Coach of the Year in 2006 after guiding the Eagles to a 22-19 overall and 15-9 conference mark. The Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association also named Schwartz its 2006 Wisconsin College Coach of the Year.

Schwartz earned his bachelor’s (2002) and masters (2004) degrees from UW-L. Schwartz was a four-year baseball letter winner for the Eagles and named to the 2002 All-WIAC Team after pitching in a school-record 19 games. He is tied for second in career saves at UW-L (10) and was a member of two WIAC Championship teams (1998, 2000).

He played for the Manitowoc Bandits in the early 2000s, and was also a player/coach during his time with the squad.

Story by: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

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