Jake Sabol was named the eighth head coach in the 53-year history of the Northwood Baseball program in July on 2018.
"Jake is a proven winner, hard worker, and a high character person," said Northwood Athletic Director Dave Marsh. "He has been a success at all levels - as a Division I, drafted player at Central Michigan, as an assistant at Northwood, as a talent evaluator, and as a head coach at Alma.
Sabol brings a wealth of baseball experience in a variety of roles to Northwood. He spent the previous three seasons as the head coach at Alma College. In his three years with the Scots, Sabol led Alma to two of the three winningest seasons in the 118 year history of the program (28 – 2016, 24 – 2018). The Scots reached the MIAA Tournament twice under Sabol, marking the first time in program history the team qualified for the event. Alma won 67 games under Sabol and placed nine players on the All-MIAA team in Sabol's tenure. It was the second time in Sabol's career he worked at Alma – he served as the pitching coach for the 2013 season.
A familiar face at Northwood, Sabol spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Northwood (2014-15) following his first stint at Alma. He worked under both Joe Di Benedetto and Jordan Bischel in his time at Northwood.
Prior to taking over at Alma, Sabol was working as the director of scouting for Prep Baseball Report-Michigan as well as an associate scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Sabol had a distinguished collegiate career at Central Michigan University. A four-year letter winner (2007-11), he was a part of two Mid-American Conference West Championships as well as the MAC Championship in 2010. As a senior, Sabol went 4-3 with a 3.18 ERA and was named the Chippewa Award winner, which is given to the player who best represents the Central Michigan University baseball program's mission statement.
After his playing career, Sabol was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 draft. He spent two years in the minor leagues with the Tigers, going 3-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 10 starts in 2011 with the Gulf Coast League Tigers. In 2012, he joined the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League. Sabol was a key part of the regular season championship team in 2012 and was a Frontier League All-Star in 2013. He posted a 12-6 record with a 2.86 ERA in 30 career games for the Beach Bums.
Sabol graduated from Central Michigan in 2011 with a degree in Sports Management. He then earned his master's in Business Administration from the DeVos Graduate School of Management at Northwood in 2015.