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Jan Weisberg
Jan Weisberg
Title: Head Baseball Coach
Phone: (205) 226-4797
Email: jweisber@bsc.edu

On August 15, 2006, Jan Weisberg was named as the 11th head baseball coach in school history.  He is entering his 10th season at the helm and coming off a third consecutive 35+ win season.  After the 2016 season, Weisberg has a 311-129-1 overall coaching record and has been 290-107-1 at Birmingham-Southern.

 

In 2016, he led the Panthers to a 39-13 overall record, the most program wins in 13 years, and a 17-4 record against Southern Athletic Association opponents.  The team captured the conference regular season and tournament titles and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation.  It marked their third straight regular season championship.  Weisberg earned SAA coach of the year honors while 10 Panthers picked up all-conference nods, including SAA Pitcher of the Year Ryan Gaines.  Gaines went on to earn all-region honors from D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association.  Four others were named to all-region teams between the two organizations and the Panthers concluded the season ranked No. 6 nationally.

 

2016 also saw Bruce Maxwell, the 2012 ABCA and D3baseball.com Division III baseball player of the year and All-American catcher under Weisberg, called up to the majors.  Maxwell appeared in 33 games for the Oakland Athletics after his debut on July 23.

 

In his first five seasons on the Hilltop, Weisberg posted an impressive 150-54 record after leading the Panther Baseball program through the transition to Division III. For his efforts, Weisberg was named 2010 Alabama College Coach of the Year by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Co-Coach of the Year.  In 2012, he was named the D3baseball.com South Region Coach of the Year

 

In Weisberg's time at BSC, the Panthers have won three regular season Southern Athletic Association titles (2014-16) and one SAA tournament championship (2016), four SCAC Eastern Division Championships (2009-12).  In 2012, they won the SCAC tournament championship and finished in the NCAA Central Regional Championship Game after earning the No. 1 ranking in the South Region with a 31-7 record in the regular season.  

 

From 2008-2012, 33 players earned all-conference honors under Weisberg's watch.  The accolades include three Panthers who were named freshman of the year in the SCAC (Sam Hill, 2008; Bruce Maxwell, 2010; and Blake Stevens, 2012).  Two players earned SCAC Player of the Year awards (Drew Leachman, 2011; Bruce Maxwell, 2012) and one earned SCAC Pitcher of the Year recognition (Clay Malcolm, 2011).

 

In addition to SCAC awards, 17 players earned all-south region awards.  This includes BSC's two south region player of the year recipients Drew Leachman (2011) and Bruce Maxwell (2012).

 

Six Players have received All-America recognition (Brandon Ricco, 2010; Drew Leachman, 2011; Bruce Maxwell, 2012; Miles Nordgren, 2012 and 2014; Blake Yance, 2012; Blake Stevens, 2014-15).  Maxwell was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 2nd Round of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft.  Maxwell joined Leachman as the 2nd player to be drafted in Weisberg's time at BSC.  Leachman was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2011.

 

Prior to coming to BSC, Weisberg led Transylvania University to a second-place regular-season finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the highest finish ever in school history, and to its first-ever conference tournament berth in 2006. He had seven players earn all-conference honors and implemented academic strategies which helped raise the team GPA from 2.83 to 2.95. Weisberg also created the first ever support group that raised over 15 percent of the 2006 budget and directed the school's first-ever summer baseball camps that had over 300 attendees.

 

Before Transylvania, Weisberg spent 1991-2005 as a player and coach at the University of Kentucky. He earned two varsity letters from 1991-92, helping the Wildcats to a then-school-record 41 wins and an NCAA Regional berth in 1991. In 1992, the team captain finished the year ranked fifth on the single-season RBI list. Weisberg played at San Jose City College from 1987-90 before signing with UK. He helped SJCC to a California Junior League Final Four appearance in 1989 and was voted team captain in 1990.

 

He moved into the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant from 1993-94 before moving up to full-time assistant from 1994-2005. Weisberg added the tag of recruiting coordinator in 1999, serving in that capacity until his departure in 2005. He had three top 25 recruiting classes and 60 percent of UK players earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher during that stint. He also coordinated the team offense, instructed hitters, catchers and infielders, and coached third base. In 2000, the UK offense set new school mark for slugging percentage.

 

He and his wife Alyssa have two sons, J.T. and Evan. Weisberg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Kentucky in 1993.