MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Coach Steve Jaksa introduced the 2018 Central Michigan baseball team to fans and supporters on Saturday afternoon during the program's annual Meet the Chippewas at Hunter's Ale House.
The luncheon event was attended by some 150 players, coaches, fans, players' family members and former CMU players, coaches and staff.
Members of coach Jaksa's coaching staff - Jeff Opalewski, Doug Sanders, Jonathan Newman, Shane Taylor and Robert Greenman - introduced each player by position group along with the team managers. Tom Albrecht, formerly the program's director of baseball operations, served as the master of ceremonies.
The keynote speaker was former Chippewa pitcher Doug Noch, who earned four letters while helping CMU to four consecutive Mid-American Conference championships from 1984-87. Noch, a Mount Pleasant native, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and went on to a career in education and coaching.
Among his four children is Kayla Noch, a member of the CMU softball program. Three of his children are graduates of, or are currently enrolled, at CMU.
Also in attendance were former coach Dean Kreiner, a member of the Central Michigan University Marcy Weston Athletics Hall of Fame, and 2018 Fans of the Year, Steve and Jeremy Powers of Mount Pleasant.
The Chippewas open the season next weekend with a trip to Brownsville, Texas, where they will play Stephen F. Austin and Texas Rio Grande Valley.