Doane University Names New Baseball Coach

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Doane University Athletic Director Jill McCartney announced today the hiring of Josh Oltmans as Head Baseball Coach for the Tigers. Oltmans rejoins the Tiger program after serving as Interim Head Coach at Peru State last season.

Oltmans spent eight seasons has the top assistant coach for the Doane baseball team from 2007-15. During that time he handled coaching duties that oversaw the outfield and pitching staff. Serving under Coach Jeremy Jorgensen, Oltmans helped the Tigers become one of the top pitching staffs in the conference which helped the program win three conference titles in four years.

"We are very pleased to announce Coach Josh Oltmans as our new Head Baseball Coach," McCartney commented. "Throughout the search process, he impressed everyone with his passion for Doane University and the Baseball program. Coach Oltmans brings the experience of helping build the success of the Doane Baseball program and he believes in our Athletics mission of growth in competition, the classroom, the community, and character. His eight years assisting Coach Jorgensen has provided Josh with a tremendous coaching foundation, to which he will now be able to add his own stamp and personality while maintaining the strong traditions and winning culture."

As a head coach, Oltmans guided Peru State to a 21-33 overall record. Having to replace several key players from the previous graduation class and taking over late in the summer of 2015, Oltmans had the Bobcats heading into the right direction by the end of the season as the team won two games in the conference tournament, including a 10-0 victory over top-seeded Avila (Mo.). Two of his players were named to the HAAC All-Tournament team and four players received all-conference honors this year.

"First of all I want to thank Jill McCartney for the opportunity to take over the baseball program at Doane University," Oltmans commented. "When I started as an assistant coach at Doane, we dreamed of helping the program be a dominant figure in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and in NAIA baseball. I cannot be more excited to return to Doane and build on the recent success Coach Jorgensen and the baseball team experienced. There are a lot of great things in place at Doane and I know I have big shoes to fill, but I am looking forward to the opportunity to put my stamp on the program."

Oltmans replaces Jorgensen who coached nine seasons at Doane as he and his wife, Jennifer, move to Florida where she took a job with Walt Disney World. Jorgensen leaves as the all-time winningest coach in program history, posting a 272-183 record. The Tigers went 22-22 this past year.