Tim Mulligan enters his second year as the Westminster head baseball coach after spending the previous two seasons as the associate head coach and pitching coach.
Under the tutelage of Mulligan, the Titan baseball staff has had its two best seasons as a collective staff. Two seasons ago, the team ranked 27th in Division III in team ERA. In his time as the associate coach, the Titans have compiled a 53-33 record; including a school record 28 wins in 2012, a PAC Championship, and Westminster’s first ever appearance in an NCAA Tournament. Under Mulligan , there have been extraordinary gains in the performance of the Titan pitching staff.
Being around baseball his whole life has given Mulligan knowledge of the game that is matched by few other coaches. This shows his ability to develop players in the 15 years he spent as a pro skills coach prior to coming to Westminster. In his coaching career, he has sent three players to Europe to play professionally, had two players playing in the independent leagues, as well as sending over 50 players in the past five years to a college program to continue their baseball careers. In addition he spent six years as a scout with Paramount Scouting as well as six years as assistant GM of the Roth Brothers Youngstown Class B team. As an independent league head coach for various teams, Mulligan boasts a 135-70 career record.
Mulligan, a U.S. Navy veteran, currently lives in Brookfield, OH with his wife Nancy and has two sons, Patrick and Matthew. In addition to coaching the Titans baseball team, Mulligan also runs Back To Basics Baseball, a program designed to teach younger players basic fundamentals of the game and achieve their dream of playing at the next level.
Some player comments on Coach Mulligan:
“I was very excited to learn about the hiring of Coach Mulligan last year here at Westminster College. In just a few short months as head coach, he has brought tremendous knowledge and teaching to our program and to us individually as players. With the extensive and successful background that he has, we know as a program, that we will be in championship contention every year.”
- Pitcher Andy Wallen, '14
“His knowledge of the game and passion for coaching makes his players rise to a new level”
- Catcher Jake Haubrich, '15
“He’s easily the best coach I’ve ever played for. He knows the game and how to teach it with the best of them, and on top of that you can joke around with the guy. You’re not likely to find too many coaches you’re comfortable just hanging out with; guys are going to love playing for him.”
- Pitcher Nick Grow, '13
Tommy Otto enters his second season with Westminster and 21st season as a baseball coach. He serves the team as assistant head coach, the hitting coach, and the recruiting coordinator.
Otto has led nine regional teams and 11 state qualifying teams in amateur baseball throughout his career. Otto has spent 15 years as the head coach of a Youngstown Class B team and 11 seasons as a coach for Youngstown Chaney High School. Otto has been instrumental in player development throughout his career as he has sent 135 players on to play college baseball in 15 seasons as an amateur head coach. He has also coached three players that have been drafted to play professional baseball and 39 division one players.
Otto has been on the Youngstown Class B executive board for six years and is currently serving as the league's 18 and under commissioner. His career highlights include an AABC Connie Mack Regional runner up team in 2000. The same team that was one game away from the amateur baseball national championship game, had nine division one players, and had two players drafted by MLB. He has also coached the Palomino Region team, a Youngstown Class B team champions in 2005 and a 2011. Otto has compiled a 721-576 coaching record in baseball.
Jack Hay begins his fourth year on the Titan baseball staff in 2014. Before joining West-minster, Hay was the head baseball coach at Boardman High School.
Dave Smerkcansky enters his first year as an assistant coach in 2014. Smerkcansky, who is currently the Athletic Director at Boardman High School, was also the head baseball coach at Boardman for 12 years that included one State final, three Regional championships, and six District championships. Smerkcansky previously taught 19 years at Boardman.
Smercansky was a four-year starter at Youngstown State University, where he still holds records for career wins, career ERA, and season ERA. While a Penguin twirler, he caught the attention of scouts from the Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos and Baltimore Orioles organizations, and graduated with his B.S. in Education degree from YSU in 1981. He later received this MA in Secondary Education from YSU in 1993. Smercansky was inducted into the YSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995.
A scholastic standout at Poland Seminary High School, Smerkcansky served as the captain of the baseball squad in 1975 where he was an All-Mahoning Valley Conference selection. He tied or held no less than 15 pitching records upon graduation. Smerkcansky was inducted into the Poland Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. He is married to Mary Lynn.