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Nov. 01, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

ABCA elects SRU coach vice president

Jeff Messer, Slippery Rock University head baseball coach, has been elected as the fourth vice president of the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Messer, who will begin his 28th season as The Rock's head coach next spring, assumes his new role in early January at the conclusion of the ABCA's national convention in Chicago.

At that time, Messer will relinquish his duties as the ABCA's Division II chair and as a member of the association's board of directors, roles he has filled the last four seasons.

As fourth vice president, Messer will remain a member of the ABCA's executive committee. He will return to the board in January 2016 when he assumes the role of first vice president.

Messer will become the ABCA's president in January 2017.

The SRU coach has a long history of service to the ABCA. He is now serving for the 17th consecutive season as the regional chairperson and national poll voter for the ABCA's Division II rankings panel. He also served eight seasons on the NCAA Division II postseason selection committee.

Messer-coached Rock teams have claimed 15 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division titles, two PSAC tournament championships, two PSAC runner-up finishes, four regional championships and two regional runner-up honors. Under Messer's leadership, the Green and White have made four appearances in the NCAA Division II College World Series and recorded an average of 31 victories per season.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.