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David Mitroff enters his second year at the helm of Cornerstone Universities Baseball program. The Golden Eagles finished their inaugural 2013 season with a record of 16-26 overall, 10-16 in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference.
The 2013 squad narrowly missed qualifying for post season play in the WHAC tournament. Cornerstone lost 6 WHAC conference games by one run. Three of those one run losses were to powerhouse Madonna who was ranked 16th in the nation. Mitroff returns the majority of his young squad for 2014 along with a very strong recruiting class.
Mitroff has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association for 14 years. Before coming to Cornerstone, Mitroff was a head coach for the Arlington Cardinals collegiate summer league team. He has also coached at the high school level and extensively within travel baseball organizations. He also served as the head coach for Illinois Select Baseball. He pioneered events such as the Baseball Leadership Summit and P.I.T.C.H. (players investing toward community help) which mentors coaches and trained student athletes.
Before completing his degree from Bethel University in 1983 in business administration he played and was Bethel’s starting catcher for three years from 1979 to 1982.
He is married to Linda Lee Mitroff of Palatine IL and has three adult children Melanie Good (28) Corinne VanArsdale (27) and David N Mitroff (23)
Ron Engels, a native of Wyoming, Mich., played football, basketball and baseball for Grand Rapids Community College. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1963 and earned masters degree from Central Michigan in 1969.
As coach at Wyoming Park High School, where he taught history and family living, the team won the State Championship, three runner up State Championships, 15 conference titles, 11 district titles and seven regional titles. He retired from teaching in 1994 and has since been helping coach baseball at Hudsonville High School.
He has served as president of the MHSBCA for two years, selected to the MHSBCA Hall of Fame and received the Coach of the Year for 1980, 1984, 1992 and 2001.
Engles and his wife, Barbara, have five children.
Chuck Lowitzki is the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Cornerstone University. In addition to his baseball responsibilities, he assists with sports information and study table. Chuck came to Cornerstone in November of 2011 after serving as the pitching and catching coach at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, IL. He spent 13 years at Prairie Ridge under Glen Pecoraro, where eight of his pitchers went to division 1 schools and three signed professional contracts. In addition to his pitchers, he had four catchers go on to play at the division 1 level. Those Prairie Ridge teams won seven straight Regional Championships and finished in second place in the 2011 Illinois summer state playoffs.
Chuck has coached privately at both Players Choice Academy and Grand Slam USA where he gave pitching, catching, and hitting lessons. Two pitchers that he worked with privately also signed professional contracts and numerous earned college scholarships. Chuck has attended the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) national coaching clinic and convention eight times and the Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) national coaching clinic three times. He has attended the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit each of the last four years.
Chuck has been married to Kimberly (Cook) for eight years and they have two sons, Chuck III (5) and Nolan (2). He graduated from National-Louis University in Chicago, IL with a BA in Applied Behavioral Science.