Nat Richter begins his fifth season at Northwood University for the 2019 campaign working with the infielders and the hitters while also being heavily involved with recruiting.
The Timberwolves posted their second straight GLIAC and GLIAC Tournament Championship season in 2018, winning 38 games and 21 conference games. Those marks are the second-highest in school history, trailing only the 2017 season. Over the last two years, NU has won 84 games. Prior to Richter's arrival at Northwood, the previous best two-year win total for NU was 55 games.
Northwood had a year to remember in 2017, winning the first GLIAC Regular Season and GLIAC Tournament Championships in school history. Richter was a part of a staff that led the Timberwolves to 46 victories, 14 more than any other season in program history. Northwood reached the Midwest Regional final in it’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championships.
The Timberwolves set a school-record for GLIAC wins in a season (20) while finishing with the best conference winning percentage in a year (.625) in 2015. NU reached the GLIAC Tournament for the second time in school history, earning the No. 3 seed in the event. The Timberwolves then posted 25 wins in 2016 and narrowly missed out on making the GLIAC Tournament.
Richter spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at St. Norbert College prior to coming to Northwood. While at St. Norbert, Coach Richter helped the Green Knight baseball program re-write the team’s record books. During his time there, St. Norbert compiled a 192-105 record (.646 winning percentage) while recording six of the seven winningest seasons in school history. St. Norbert made NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in 2009, 2012 and 2014 and won the Midwest Conference North Division title five times.
A specialist in infield defense, St. Norbert finished in the top four in the Midwest Conference in fielding percentage in seven of his eight years. St. Norbert also led all of Division III baseball in double plays turned per game in 2009 while finishing fourth nationally in 2007.
During the summer of 2012, Richter assisted with the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League while helping in the development of 13 future Major League Baseball draft picks.
Richter had tremendous success as player at the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. A three-year starter at second base, the Pointers compiled a 124-59 record during Richter’s four seasons. A .295 career hitter, Richter slugged an impressive .487 over the course of his career.
Richter hit nine home runs and compiled 39 RBI in the 2005 season. An outstanding defender, Richter compiled a .948 career fielding percentage. Richter played in the 2006 NCAA Division III World Series and was a teammate of MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmerman.
Richter holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point and completed his master’s degree through St. Norbert College.
Doug Walters joined the Northwood University Baseball coaching staff in the fall of 2018. He works primarily with the catchers and the hitters while also being heavily involved with recruiting, player development, and administrative responsibilities.
Prior to Northwood, Walters was a member of the Alma College coaching staff under Jake Sabol for the past two seasons where he also worked with the catchers and the hitters. He was also an assistant coach for the North Adams SteepleCats, a member of the NECBL, during the summer of 2018.
Walters played collegiately at Alma College from 2012-2016. A four-year letter winner for the Scots, Walters helped lead Alma to one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2016, garnering 1st-Team All-MIAA honors as a senior, hitting .353 with 37 RBI, which is second most all-time in a single season at Alma. Walters also lead the Scots in hits with 48, while starting all 43 games behind the plate. After the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was awarded the Team Captain Award and the Team MVP Award, voted on by his teammates and coaches.
Following his junior season, Walters was named 2nd-Team All-MIAA with a .324 batting average. Doug was also awarded the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Award from the Alma College Athletic Department for his 2015 campaign.
Walters graduated from Alma College in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in English.
Baer spent the 2017-18 season on Jake Sabol’s staff at Alma College before joining him at Northwood. As an assistant at Alma, Baer primarily worked with the infielders and the catchers. Prior to Alma, Baer was the hitting and catching coach at Delta College for the 2016-17 season. Under Baer, the Pioneer offense had a .304 average, an on-base percentage of .402 while slugging .420. The offense went on to break multiple school records, including home runs and extra base hits. The offense was also first in the nation in sacrifice hits. In the super regional final, the offense rattled off 20 hits and secured Delta College’s first ever JUCO College World Series berth. Defensively, Baer’s catchers went on to throw out 33.3 percent of attempted base stealers. Baer also helped coach multiple All-MCCAA selections and Delta’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Baer played two seasons at Delta College, while also spending some time at both Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State. As a freshman, he led the team in RBIs with 25 while hitting .299. Baer also won Delta’s “Defensive Player of the Year” honor as a catcher. He was named All-MCCAA and won the Region XII Gold Glove for exemplifying defensive excellence as a catcher. As a sophomore, Baer hit .338 while hitting a team leading seven HRs with 40 RBIs while slugging .606. As a catcher, Baer threw out 55.2 percent of base stealers and once again won the Region XII Gold Glove. He was voted First Team All-MCCAA and was the first player in Delta history to be named First Team All-Region. After his Delta career, James won the Lynn Conway Award, which goes to a student-athlete who epitomizes the ideas personified by Mr. Lynn Conway. Student-athletes chosen for this award demonstrates leadership, skill, teamwork, integrity, sportsmanship and citizenship. James finished his career at SVSU after being named team captain in 2016.
Baer is a graduate of Clare High School where he was a three-year letter-winner in baseball and a letter-winner in football. He played for Clint Colosky and MHSBCA Hall of Fame coach, Marc Yenkel. James was a two-time First Team All-State catcher and helped lead Clare to multiple district and regional championships. He was also selected as conference player of the year twice, and also played in the East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park. Baer graduated from Saginaw Valley State with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Alex George joined the Northwood coaching staff in the fall of 2017 as a graduate assistant coach. George coached under Jordan Bischel for the 2017-18 season, and will continue with Coach Sabol for the 18-19 season, instructing outfielders and assisting with the hitters.
George played college baseball at Upper Iowa University as an outfielder for the Peacocks. While playing at Upper Iowa, George ended his career with the second highest hit total with 214 career hits.
In the summer of 2014 and 2015, Alex George had two stints in the Northwoods League with the Alexandria Blue Anchors and Thunder Bay Border Cats after his freshman and sophomore year.
A native of Bloomington, Minnesota, George graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2017 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law. He is currently working on earning his MBA from the DeVos Graduate School of Management.