Mark "Lunch" McKenzie
Mark “Lunch” McKenzie concluded his 20th year as the head baseball coach at Concordia University, St. Paul in 2019 and will remain on the staff as an assistant coach.
COACHING TEAM SUCCESS FIRST
The 2005 NSIC Coach of the Year became the program's all-time wins leader in 2008 and carries a 456-361-1 overall career record, while leading the team to a 281-234 record in Northern Sun play. His 2009 team also holds the school wins record, finishing 35-18 overall while the 2014 and 2016 Golden Bears won a program record 20 Northern Sun games.
He guided the Golden Bears to NSIC Championships in the 2003 and 2008 seasons, winning the conference tournament each season while reaching the NCAA Central Region Tournament for the first time in school history. The program's 2003 NSIC Championship and 2008 NCAA Tournament appearance were the first men's teams in Concordia's Division II & NSIC history (1999-00 to present) to accomplish the feats for the athletic department. The Golden Bears again reached the NSIC Championship game in 2016 and 2018, falling to St. Cloud State in 2016 and Augustana in 2018.
DEVELOPING FUTURE STARS
McKenzie has had four Golden Bears drafted since 2009 with Jake Schmidt (41st round, Chicago Cubs) in 2009, Bryan Lippincott (19th round, Washington Nationals) in 2012, Gus Varland (14th Round, Oakland Athletics) and Louie Varland (15th Round, Minnesota Twins). Schmidt and Lippincott were both NCAA statistical champions as well, with Schmidt leading all Division II pitchers in strikeouts per game while Lippincott was the NCAA batting champion (all levels). While Lippincott won the national batting title, the program has also produced a pair of NCAA Central Region batting titles and three Northern Sun batting champions.
Schmidt, Lippincott, and Varland are three of Concordia baseball's seven All-Americans, as Brenden Furrow, Matt Borman, Chris Herbert and Kyle Dalton also received All-America recognition. Lippincott was also the two-time Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of baseball.
Major awards have been a part of the program under McKenzie, as the team has featured an NSIC Player of the Year (Lippincott), three NSIC Pitchers of the Year (Schmidt, Borman, Varland), four NSIC Newcomers of the Year and an NSIC Freshman of the Year along with three NSIC Tournament MVP awards.
McKenzie has also coached two Central Region Gold Glove winners, 67 All-Conference players and 152 NSIC All-Academic student-athletes.
In his time at Concordia, he's had 19 players with professional baseball experience on their resume's.
McKENZIE BRINGS MAJOR OUTSIDE EXPERIENCE TO THE PLATE
In 2010, McKenzie was recognized by Baseball Canada as the 2010 Cito Gaston Humanitarian Award winner which exemplifies commitment to furthering the development of baseball in Canada by a non-resident. Past winners of the award include MLB All-Stars Joe Carter, Jon Olerud and Moises Alou.
Kevin Walsh was named the pitching coach for the Golden Bears in the summer of 2019.
Walsh joins the Golden Bears after spending the past three seasons as the pitching coach at the University of Mary. In 2019, Walsh, along with former CSP pitching coach and current UMary head coach Mark Moriarty, guided the team to their best finish since the 2010 season as they tied for ninth in the conference. The pitching staff finished seventh in the NSIC in strikeouts with 338 while also ranking in the top-10 in the league in earned run average and opponent batting average.
Walsh began his college playing career at Gloucester County College and during his time at GCC, he became the closer for the Roadrunners and helped them achieve a second place finish in the NJCAA Division III World Series in 2011. During his sophomore season, Walsh pitched twelve scoreless innings helping the roadrunners amass a 46-3 record. During that season, he pitched the last inning to seal the victory for the Roadrunners in NJCAA Division III World Series in 2013.
The Magnolia, New Jersey native continued his baseball career playing in the Southwestern Athletic Conference at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. During his two-years there, the Golden Lions won back-to-back SWAC Western Conference Division titles in 2014 and 2015. Kevin received first Team All-Conference honors and was named SWAC Relief Pitcher of the Year for the Golden Lions in both 2014 and 2015. During his senior campaign, Kevin appeared in 23 games with a 4-2 record and an ERA of 1.70, striking out 60 hitters in 42 innings of work. Kevin also received national recognition with one of the top K/9 at 11.48.
Walsh was selected in the 21st Round of the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He finished the 2015 season with the GCL Phillies, compiling a 3.55 ERA over 12.2 innings before playing independent ball with the Southern Illinois Miners in the Frontier League in 2016.
As a coach, Walsh became a baseball instructor and AAU coach/pitching coordinator for TEAM COMBAT for Scanzano Sports in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Kevin has also been Head Coach for the Bismarck Senators, Assistant Coach for both the Bismarck Representatives and the Bismarck Governors, and the pitching coach for the Eden Prairie American Legion Eagles.
Kevin received his master's degree in physical education and athletic administration from the University of Mary and resides currently in Maple Grove with his wife, a former women's basketball standout at Winona State University, Kayla Timmerman.
Travis Wagers rejoins the Golden Bear coaching staff for the 2019 season.
Wagers originally joined the Concordia baseball coaching staff in the 2012-13 academic year as a graduate assistant before continuing on as an assistant through the 2017 season.
Wagers was a 4-year key contributor to the Concordia track & field and cross country programs as a collegiate student-athlete. The Moose Lake, Minn. native excelled in mid-distance events and relay teams. He is a member of the school record 4x880 yard relay and 4x1-mile relay teams, with the records set during his junior campaign.
In addition to being a leader on the track/cross country teams, Wagers was active in the athletic department as a marketing intern during his senior year along with being a valued student worker in various roles throughout his collegiate career.
His baseball background includes earning three letters as a prep player for Moose Lake High School as a three-time captain. He earned 11 total athletic letters at MLHS, adding five in cross country and three in basketball. He was team captain for all three of his prep sports team as a senior and was a two-time All-Conference prep runner.
Wagers graduated in 2012 with a degree in sports management and he has two sisters that were Division II student-athletes: Kim played basketball at Minnesota Duluth, while Courtney played volleyball at South Dakota.