The 2017 season will be Jordan Bischel's second as the head coach of the Northwood baseball program. He has a record of 53-47 at Northwood and an overall career record of 127-92 in four years as a head coach.
The seventh coach in the 50 year history of the program, Bischel guided Northwood to a strong first season. Northwood set a school-record for GLIAC wins in a season (20) while finishing with the best conference winning percentage in a year (.625). NU reached the GLIAC Tournament for the second time in school history, earning the No. 3 seed in the event.
The Timberwolves had another solid campaign in 2016, finishing the year with 25 wins overall and 14 victories in the GLIAC. NU narrowly missed out on the GLIAC Tournament.
Bischel comes to Northwood after a pair of highly successful seasons as head coach of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. Over the past two seasons, the Warriors registered 74 victories and a pair of appearances in the NAIA National Tournament. He guided Midland to an 18 win improvement from the 2012 to the 2013 season (13 to 31). In 2014 the Warriors went 43-19 overall (.694) and won the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament. The 43 victories were both Midland and GPAC records for wins in a season.
Bischel’s Midland teams quickly developed a knack for peaking at the right time, recording a 9-3 record in Conference Tournament play while making the championship game in back to back seasons. The 2014 Warriors re-wrote the program’s record books, setting 28 school records (including ERA, double, runs scored run differential, hits, total bases and winning streak). While the 2014 team boasted an impressive offense that ranked in the top 10 nationally in doubles, runs scored and runs batted in, Bischel’s program are built first on pitching and defense. His teams finished 1st in the GPAC in fielding percentage in 2013 and 2nd in 2014. More impressively, the team set back to back school records for ERA including ranking 8th nationally (2.81) in 2014. In just 129 games at Midland his teams fired an incredible 17 shutouts.
Prior to his arrival at Midland, Bischel had a great deal of success in a variety of coaching roles. He spent four seasons as the head coach of the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the prestigious summer collegiate Northwoods League. His 132 wins in the Northwoods League ranks 13th in league history and his 2011 team was one of just 4 teams in the 18 team league to qualify for the post-season. While in Green Bay, Bischel helped develop 43 future Major League Baseball Draft picks including 2 first round picks (Mitch Haniger – Milwaukee and Phil Ervin – Cincinnati) and a total of 12 players in the top 12 rounds of the draft. Four former players went on to play for Midland’s own Great Lakes Loons including Dodgers’ top prospects Scott Schebler and Mike Thomas as well as 2014 starting third baseman Paul Hoenecke. Impressively, Bischel has worked with 11 Draft Picks who did not play Division I baseball.
Bischel coached at three other schools before his time at Midland. He spent three seasons as the pitching coach at Northwest Missouri State. His 2011 staff registered the lowest ERA in the league (3.44) and helped guide the 2010 team to the Mid-America Athletics Association conference tournament. Prior to that, Bischel was an assistant at John Carroll and Saint Norbert College. While at Saint Norbert, the team won three straight division championships and earned its first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
A four-year letterwinner at St. Norbert from 2000-03, Bischel played first base and was a pitcher for the Green Knights. He led the team in innings twice and was an Academic All-Conference honoree all four years. During his senior campaign, Bischel was named a team captain and claimed All-Conference honors.
A Green Bay, Wisconsin native, Bischel was named to the Dean’s List all 8 semesters as a student at St. Norbert and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Accounting) and has a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration from Northwest Missouri St. University. While at Midland, Bischel also served as an Assistant Athletics Director; supervising in the financial aid process throughout athletics.
"I am thrilled to join such a tremendous institution," said Bischel. "Northwood and the Midland community will be an amazing spot for my wife, Katie, and I to settle. We are incredibly excited to join the Northwood family and I cannot wait to bring tremendous passion to building a championship baseball program."