Head Coach Gregg Thompson
Head Coach Gregg Thompson enters his 24th season at the helm of the Fighting Muskies as Muskingum’s all-time career wins leader.
Thompson etched his name in the record book as the all-time career wins leader for the Muskie baseball program following the Muskies’ doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame College on March 6, 2007. With the pair of victories, Thompson passed his former mentor and late skipper Ron Mazeroski with 240 wins. Thompson now stands at 440 victories in only 23 seasons at the helm of the Black & Magenta.
Thompson has gained the reputation as one of the top offensive coaches in the game. Under Thompson’s tutelage, his players and teams have amassed a record of achievements.
In 2016, Coach Thompson continued to rack up wins reaching a 400 career win milestone.
In 2011, senior Erik Spitzer set the school record for career doubles. In 2010, Muskingum advanced to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament and notched its first OAC Tournament win since 1992. The squad was led by seniors Brock Whiteman and Wes Carder. Whiteman ended his career as the all-time career hits leader at Muskingum, while Carder ended his tenure as the all-time runs scored leader and was honored with a Gold Glove Award for being named the best defensive shortstop in the nation.
In 2009, Whiteman, Carder and Nathan VanMeter all garnered First Team All-OAC accolades. The Muskies led the OAC in team earned run average and ranked 16th in the nation. VanMeter ranked second in all of Division III with a 1.30 ERA. In 2008, he coached Brock Whiteman who led the league in batting average (.450), RBIs (51), slugging percentage (.785) and total bases (117). Whiteman, who was named All-American, was honored for his stellar season by becoming the first-ever Muskie to be named the Jack Rafeld Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
In 2007, Muskingum averaged 6.8 runs per game and batted over .300 as a team. Additionally, the Muskies set the school record with a 15-game winning streak, which also allowed the Black & Magenta to set the school mark for the best start of a season at 15-1. In 2006, the Black & Magenta led the nationally-ranked and powerful Ohio Athletic Conference in batting average and runs per game (7.02 rpg). Furthermore, the talented pitching staff was ranked fourth in the 10-team conference.
In 2005, Scott Ringhiser capped off his career as the all-time leader in career doubles (48) and second all-time in home runs (33) and RBI (158). Furthermore, Bill Rockwell led NCAA Division III in sacrifices per game. In 2004, Muskingum smashed 41 home runs which ranked 12th in the nation and had a team batting average of .320.
In 2003, Mike Van Schepen finished his career as the all-time leader in at-bats (591), hits (206), and doubles (44). The Muskies continued to show its offensive power in 2003 by hitting 41 home runs, scoring 264 runs (6.60 per game), and having a .328 team batting average. In 2001, first baseman Justin Shaw rewrote the record book with 77 hits, 68 runs batted in, and 124 total bases.
In 1999, catcher Brad Mercer broke numerous single-season records when he hit .486 with 69 hits, 59 runs scored, and 56 runs batted in. In 1998, Muskingum broke the OAC single-season record and ranked third in the nation in home runs with 72 (1.85 per game). The .372 team batting average in 1998 broke the school record for the highest batting average in a season.
During Thompson’s tenure, the Muskies have had numerous first-team All-OAC selections, both for athletic and academic accomplishments. Ryan Alexander became the second first-team Academic All-American under Thompson in 2003. The baseball program has also produced five Clyde Lamb nominees, the highest award given to a scholar-athlete in the OAC.
The 1992 graduate of the University of Delaware is also a lecturer in the Physical Education Department. Thompson and his wife, Heather, reside in New Concord and have three children, Gavin, Payton, and Gates.
Assistant Coach Jake Krupar
Jacob Krupar is entering his second year on the Muskingum baseball staff as an assistant coach.
Before arriving at Muskingum, Krupar served as an assistant coach at Baldwin Wallace University. While at Baldwin Wallace, he assisted in practices, recruiting, and coached the JV team. His duties also included: coaching outfielders, assisting with hitters, assisting with camps, and player development. Krupar also worked as an assistant coach with the Stark County Terriers Baseball team. In this role, he coached first and third base, outfield, and hitting.
Prior to coaching, Krupar was a four-year baseball letterwinner at the University of Toledo. While at Toledo, Krupar earned baseball Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2017 and the Scholar Baller Award from 2014-2017. Furthermore, Krupar worked within operations in Toledo’s athletic department where he assisted in maintaining the athletic facilities.
Krupar graduated from Toledo in 2017 with a B.S. in criminal justice.
Assistant Coach Dominick Winters
Dominick Winters enters his eighth season as an assistant coach for the Muskingum University baseball team.
Winters, a graduate of Marietta College and All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree, was a member of the Pioneers' 2006 National Championship team and 2007 Mid-East Champion and World Series squad. Over his 116-game career at Marietta, Winters batted .308 with 19 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 52 runs and 63 RBIs.
Prior to arriving in New Concord, Winters served as an assistant coach on the Marietta staff.
Winters graduated with a B.A. in management from Marietta in 2008.
Assistant Coach Frank Dickson
Frank Dickson enters his first season as assistant coach with the Muskingum baseball program.
Assistant Coach Michael Bucci
Michael Bucci is entering his first year as an assistant coach for the Muskingum University baseball team.
Before arriving at Muskingum, Bucci was the pitching coach for Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke, Cananda in 2018. While at Bishop Allen Academy, Bucci managed the pitching staff, incorporated analytics throughout the season for pitching, and organized high level practice plans based around throwing routines. Bucci also was the head pitching coach for Leaside Leafs Elite Baseball in Toronto, Ontario in 2017 where he assisted with the development of youth pitchers, planned personalized throwing progressions, and incorporated strength and agility work into post throwing routines.
As a player, Bucci was a gold medalists at the Canada Cup and member of Canadian Junior National Team in 2012, played for four years at Niagara University, WMBL Champion for the Medicine Hat Mavericks in 2013, player for the Okotoks Dawgs of the WMBL in 2015, the Brantford Red Sox of IBL in 2018, and the Utretch UVV of the KNBSB in 2019.
Bucci received his Bachelors in communication studies and minor in writing from Niagara University in 2017.