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Jeff Nowaczyk
Assistant Coach

Now entering his fifth season as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the Timberwolves, Nowaczyk works closely with all position players both offensively & defensively.

Nowaczyk joined the Northwood baseball staff as a graduate assistant coach in September of 2008. After earning his Master’s Degree in December of 2009, Nowaczyk was hired as full-time coach.

In his first season with the program, Northwood  posted .543 winning percentage while having  one of its most memorable years to date. After getting picked to finish last in the GLIAC Preseason Poll, Northwood finished the regular season tied for third. The Timberwolves then made a run in their first-ever appearance in the GLIAC Tournament, reaching the finals before falling to eventual regional champion Grand Valley State.

Under Nowaczyk’s tutelage, catchers threw out 38 percent in 2010, and 45 percent in 2011 of would-be base stealers. Defensively, team errors have been reduced by more than 10 per season. Offensively, in 2009 the Northwood Baseball team set a school record for most doubles in a season with 88. Additionally, in 2010 the team posted a .323 batting average, which is second in the Northwood record books.

Prior to Nowaczyk’s arrival at Northwood, he coached the Central Michigan Stars 18u summer team. The state runner-up Stars had 12 players move on to the collegiate level, including three Division I student-athletes.

A 2003 graduate of Saginaw Swan Valley High School, Nowaczyk led the Vikings to the 2001 Div II State title. Following his high school career, he played one season at Kellogg Community College, winning a MCCAA title in 2005. Nowaczyk then transferred to Northwood University as a catcher, claiming NU’s Newcomer of the Year award. He then transferred to Central Michigan University as a Catcher/ Designated hitter to finish his collegiate career. In his senior season with the Chippewas, Nowaczyk batted .328  in conference play.

Nowaczyk graduated from CMU in 2008 with a degree in Sport Management. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the DeVos School of Management.

Jake Sabol
Pitching Coach

Jake Sabol enters his first season as the Timberwolves pitching coach after spending the 2012-2013 season as the pitching coach at Alma College. Working closely with the pitching staff, his other responsibilities will include recruiting, administrative responsibilities and player development.

A 2006 graduate of De La Salle High School in Warren, Sabol went on to play collegiately at Central Michigan University and became a four-year letter winner from 2007-2011. A weekend starter for two seasons, he helped lead the Chippewas to two MAC West Championships as well as a MAC Regular Season Championship in 2010.

Sabol’s best season came in 2011 as a senior, posting a 4-2 Mid-American Conference record with a 3.18 ERA. He was named MAC West Pitcher of the Week after tossing back-to-back complete game shutouts of Ohio and Akron in April 2011 and again in May after hurling a complete game victory over Eastern Michigan to clinch the MAC West Championship. He was also named CMU’s Scholar Athlete of the week in April 2011. After his senior season, he was the recipient of the Chippewa Award, symbolic of the player who best represents the Central Michigan University baseball program’s mission statement.

While playing collegiately, Sabol also played in numerous prestigious college baseball summer leagues beginning in 2008 with the Pittsfield Dukes of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. In 2009, he was named 1st team All-Jayhawk League with the El Dorado Broncos. He was then named to the NBC World Series All-American Team and World Series MVP in Wichita, KS as a member of the 2009 NBC World Series National Champion El Dorado Broncos.  Prior to senior year, he spent the summer of 2010 in the Alaska Baseball League with the Kenai Peninsula Oilers.

Following his college career, Sabol was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 MLB Draft.  He spent parts of two seasons in the Detroit farm system with the Gulf Coast League Tigers (Rookie) and the Connecticut Tigers (SS-A) in the New York Penn League. He went 3-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 13 games (10 starts) with the GCL Tigers in 2011. He finished 2012 as a member of the Frontier League’s Regular Season Champion Traverse City Beach Bums, and was named to the Frontier League All-Star game in 2013. In 30 career games for the Beach Bums, Sabol was 12-6 with a 2.86 ERA in 147.2 innings pitched.

Sabol graduated from CMU with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, finishing his career on the MAC Honor Roll. Currently, Jake is enrolled in Northwood University Devos Graduate school of Management and will be earning his Masters of Business Administration.

Judd Folske
JV Head Coach

Longtime collegiate baseball coach Judd Folske returns to the Northwood University baseball staff for the 2014 season. He will serve as the junior varsity coach for the upcoming season.

Folske brings 43 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Timberwolves this season. Folske has been a head coach at all three levels of NCAA baseball. He was the head coach at Ferris State from 1984-94, where he turned the Bulldogs into the best program in the GLIAC. In his 11 seasons at FSU, the Bulldogs won seven GLIAC Championships. He was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year seven times as well, guiding FSU to a 122-54 record in conference games (.693).

Folske then went on to be a head coach at both Central Michigan (1998-2002) and Alma College (2008-2012). While at CMU, Folske posted a record of 131-98 (.572). The Chippewas won the MAC West Division title in 2000 and reached the MAC Tournament three times.

Folske and his wife Monica have two suns: Brett and James.