Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Jim Chester steps down as LHU head baseball coach

Jim Chester has stepped down as the head baseball coach at LHU to accept the same position at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina.LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – After three seasons as the head baseball coach at Lock Haven University, Jim Chester has stepped down from the position to accept the head coaching duties at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina.

Chester was named LHU’s head coach in August 2014 and spent three seasons at the helm of the Bald Eagle program. In those three season, Chester turned around the program and most notably, helped LHU to a historic 2017 season.

During the 2017 season this past spring – Chester’s third as head coach – LHU recorded a school-record 32 wins and qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament for the first time in eight years.

Chester played a vital role in helping guide three players to the professional ranks following the 2017 season including pitcher Jacob Belinda who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of June’s MLB Draft.

During his three season in Haven Nation, Chester won 66 games, including 36 PSAC East games. He also guided nine players to All-Conference honors.

Chester helped place a number of players in summer collegiate baseball leagues all over the country and he was instrumental in LHU baseball’s involvement in the local community.

During his tenure in Lock Haven, Chester also revitalized LHU’s baseball camps, clinics and summer tournament offerings. He also led major improvements and additions to Lock Haven’s baseball facility – The Watkins Field.

“I am very sad that Jim is leaving Lock Haven, but I do understand that this is a fantastic opportunity for him and his family,” said LHU Director of Athletics, Dr. Tom Gioglio. “During Jim’s last three years, he helped transform our baseball program by making it one of the premier programs in the PSAC, and he and his 2017 team made history after breaking the school record for most games won in a season. We are especially proud of Jim’s involvement in the community and the mentoring he gave his student-athletes regarding their future career, citizenship and life. It will be very difficult to replace Jim.”

“My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity and experience that Lock Haven University gave us. We were able to build life-long relationships and can’t thank the university and local community enough for everything over the past three years,” said Chester. “The relationships with former and current players are what I will miss the most. I truly believe the program is in a great place, and is posed for future success.”

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