The Mount St. Joseph baseball program today mourns, as former pitching coach Mike Maundrell has passed away at the age of 71. Coach Maundrell served as the Mount St. Joseph pitching coach for six seasons under former head baseball coach Chuck Murray. During his tenure from 2003-2008 the Lions won four of the programs six Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. His pitching staffs were a big reason for that success.
During his tenure at The Mount his pitching staffs had unparalled success. They set and still hold school records as a team for ERA (2005), wins (2007), innings pitched (2006) and shutouts (2005). When he departed The Mount his pitching staffs also held the record for saves (2007 & 2008), and were second with a .267 batting average against (2007).
He coached numerous All-HCAC players during his time at The Mount, headlined by 2008 conference MVP, and D3 baseball All-American closer Steve Matre. When asked about his former coach Matre had this to say, "It's hard to put into words just how grateful I am for this man. Maundrell brought the competitor out in me. He taught me how to be a winner and a leader, on and off the field. He once told me to be at least 1% better each day, and I will be successful. Since that very day he said that, I lived off of that quote and it created a lot of great opportunities for me. I owe a lot of my success to him. He went above and beyond for me and I think every one of his former players would say the same. He didn't care about money, he loved the game and developing athletes to reach their full potential." He went on to say "Mike was my coach, my mentor, but more importantly he was my friend. And I will miss him tremendously."
Chris Waite '07 who pitched for coach Maundrell had this to say about his former coach. "Coach Maundrell was by far the best coach that I had the privilege to play for. He taught me so much about the art of pitching, how to carry myself on the field, how to win and gave me plenty of life advice that I use to this day. He loved baseball, he loved teaching and he loved winning. All you have to do is look at the years he was pitching coach and look at the teams records. He was a huge reason that during his tenure the school had its best season ever as well as some of the other top seasons in school history. One thing that I respect the most is that he was tremendously successful and plenty busy outside of baseball but he still found the time and energy to give us everything he knew about pitching and all the time we needed. He didn't do it for the money but he did it because he loved teaching and seeing us become successful players on and off the field. When I got the news of his passing it hit me pretty hard. I had to go outside, sit by myself and reflect on my years with him. He was a great coach and more importantly a great guy. He will be greatly missed!
"Mike Maundrell was a tremendous coach" Said Chuck Murray. "He was a part of four conference championships in his six seasons with us, and two teams that appeared in the NCAA tournament. He did a great job developing pitchers, and all of his pitchers loved to play for him."
Coach Maundrell's memorial service is being billed as his "Final Game". The service will take place on at one of the homes of Mount St. Joseph baseball Midland Field, on Sunday July 8th. Coach Maundrell's obituary can be found here.