Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan baseball coach Jordan Bischel has named Kyle Schroeder and Tony Jandron to assistant-coaching positions.
Both served under Bischel at NCAA Division II Northwood University, where the trio combined to lead the program to unprecedented success. Bischel was named to lead 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 Schroeder and Jandron. “Not only are Kyle and Tony outstanding baseball coaches, but they will make an immediate impact in these areas.”
Schroeder coached under Bischel when Bischel was the head coach at Midland (Nebraska) University 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 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, winning league regular season and tournament championships in each of the past two seasons.
Jandron joined Bischel’s Northwood staff in 2016. Both Schroeder and Jandron 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.”
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 remains the program leader in several offensive categories, including career home runs (30) and career RBI (172).
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 of the Northwoods League, which is recognized as one of the nation’s top summer leagues for college players.
Schroeder served as a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State before joining Bischel at Midland. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Luther College and a master’s from Northwest Missouri State.
Jandron started his coaching career at College of DuPage, a junior college in Glen Ellyn, Ill. and then joined Bischel at Northwood before the 2016 season.
The versatile Jandron, who in college played every position but catcher, was a standout at St. Norbert in De Pere, Wis., the same school that produced Bischel, where he 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 in his senior year.