Jamie Detillion Named GVSU Head Baseball Coach

Jamie Detillion Named GVSU Head Baseball Coach


Release courtesy of the GVSU Sports Information Department

Allendale, Mich. - Tim Selgo, the Director of Athletics at Grand Valley State University, announced today that Jamie Detillion has been named the eighth head coach of the Laker baseball program. Detillion replaces Steve Lyon who retired following the 2012 baseball season. Detillion most recently completed his 10th year as an assistant coach at GVSU, including the last three of which he has been the associate head coach. GVSU finished the 2012 season with a 43-16 record, captured its ninth GLIAC title in the last 10 years and advanced to the NCAA DII tournament for the 11th straight year.

"We are excited to have Jamie take over as our head coach and continue the successful tradition of GV baseball," said Selgo. "Jamie has been a winner at every step of the way throughout his career as a player and coach and has certainly proven himself as a coach and recruiter during his 10 years on our staff. In addition, Jamie has been our associate head coach for the last three years and we feel that has prepared him well to take the next step and I am confident he will have a long and successful career as a head coach."

A 10-year veteran of the GVSU coaching staff, Detillion has been a part of the most successful 10-year run in program history. The Lakers are 426-148-2 (.741) with 10 NCAA DII tournament appearances, five NCAA Midwest regional titles, five NCAA DII World Series appearances and nine GLIAC titles. In addition, GVSU played for the 2004 baseball National Championship. Detillion has been responsible for hitting and recruiting during his time as an assistant coach with the Lakers.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named the head baseball coach at Grand Valley State," said Detillion. "Steve (Lyon) did an incredible job the last 14 years of building a nationally known Division II baseball program that can compete on the national stage. I am thankful for the opportunity that Tim (Selgo) and the search committee gave me to lead and mentor our student-athletes. We have a wonderful support system through our administration and alums that is second to none and I am looking forward to building on the tradition already established," added Detillion.

Grand Valley State has been one of the top offensive teams in the country with Detillion as the hitting coach. The Lakers have ranked among the top 15 in the country in every key offensive statistical category and completely rewrote the Laker single-season and career record book the last 10 years.

Jamie was also a pitcher and first baseman from 1997-2000 at GLIAC rival Ashland University. He earned NCAA DII First-Team All-American honors as a junior first baseman and was a four time All-GLIAC recipient as a first baseman/pitcher. Detillion left Ashland holding 17 individual records, including career home runs (46), and RBI's (203), single season home runs (23), RBI's (89), total bases (162), single game home runs (4) and RBI's (8). The single-game four home runs and 16 total bases are NCAA post-season single-game records for all divisions. Detillion is also among the leaders in career innings pitched (333.0) and wins (30) for the Eagles. Jamie led Ashland to the NCAA DII World Series in Montgomery, Ala. in 1999 where he led the tournament in hitting (8 for 12, .667 avg). In October of 2010, Detillion was inducted into the Ashland University Hall of Fame for his accomplishments.

Following his college career Detillion pitched for three seasons in the Detroit Tigers' and Cincinnati Reds' organizations from 2000-2002. He began his professional baseball career with the Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League before signing with the Detroit Tigers. After playing for the Gulf Coast League Tigers, West Michigan Whitecaps and Lakeland Tigers in Detroits system, Jamie signed with Cincinnati and was assigned to the Dayton Dragons. In his three seasons of professional baseball Detillion was 12-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 6 saves in 145 innings.

Detillion received his bachelor's of science in education from Ashland University in 2000 and his masters of education from GVSU in 2010.

Jamie and his wife, Jill, are the proud parents of sons Cannon (2) and Crew (infant).
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