2014 Baseball
Record: 13-13 Home: 4-0 Away: 8-10 Neutral: 1-3
2014 Baseball Coaches
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Ryan Chipka
Head Coach
1st Season

 

Coach Chipka joined the coaching ranks after a stellar career as a player at Rochester College.  Ryan was the only four-year captain in the history of Rochester College baseball. He was also spectacular in the classroom as a three-year Academic All-American.

Ryan helped lead the Rochester College baseball program to back-to-back Small College World Series appearances, including a third place finish in 2012. In his senior season, Ryan notched First Team All American Honors as the Warrior's shortstop. Ryan also holds RC records as the all time hits, assists, and consecutive starts leader. 

Before college, Ryan graduated from Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, OH where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He received post-season accolades in all three sports.

Ryan's coaching experience includes Armada Middle School football, Rochester High School football, Lake Orion High School football, Stoney Creek High School basketball, and Oakland Bulldogs baseball.

Ryan has experience as a baseball instructor at the Varsity Shop Training Center and as an associate scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Athletic Director Klint Pleasant on Ryan:

"I'm excited to watch Coach Chipka's coaching career unfold. I have been impressed with his energy, work ethic and positive attitude.  Most importantly, he was a very good student during his time at RC as an undergrad and understands our schools mission. I'm grateful he's a part of our staff and look forward to watching him lead our baseball program."

 
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Alex Hacias
Assistant Coach
1st Season

Coach Hacias is a familiar face in the Rochester College community. The RC alum starred for two years on the baseball diamond and spent last season as a fifth-year assistant baseball coach.

Alex was a member of two USCAA Small College World Series teams in 2011 and 2012. As a senior Alex hit .419 while driving in 41 runs and accumulating a single season school-record of 67 hits while splitting time between first and third base defensively. At the end of the season he took home first team USCAA All-American honors as the Warriors finished in third place at the USCAA World Series.

Before he finished his career with Rochester, Alex played two season at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. In his sophomore season, Hacias played in 34 games while hitting .472 and driving in 23 runs. At the conclusion of the season he was named Male Athlete of the Year and inducted into Macomb Community College's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Last season Hacias was a volunteer coach on both the varsity and junior varsity teams while finishing his degree in Business. This year, Hacias is the head JV coach as well as the hitting coach and corner infield coach for the Warriors varsity team.

Hacias is also involved in a few non-profit organizations with a focus in overseas missions.

Coach Chipka on Hacias:

"Alex is a tremendous addition to the staff. He is an RC alum that understands the history and mission of the school and baseball program. He played an indespensable role on back-to-back small college world series qualifying teams. He had incredible success playing because of a strong attitude and work ethic. He is taking that same passion into coaching and he will have a great impact on our program."

 

 
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Scott Nestor
Assistant Coach
1st Season

Coach Nestor joins the Warriors baseball program after spending two seasons coaching at Birmingham Seaholm. Nestor served as the junior varsity head coach where he went 31-11 during his time there.

Coach Nestor played four years of club baseball at Central Michigan University. As a part of the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA), the Chippewa’s won two Great Lakes North Conference Championships and two Great Lakes Regional Championships.  Making two NCBA World Series appearances in 2008 and 2010 the Chippewa’s finished with a ranking of 5th in the country in 2008 and 8th in the country in 2010.  Coach Nestor was a three year starter on the team and served as a captain in both his junior and senior seasons, acting as president of the club in 2010.  Between his sophomore and senior seasons he earned Conference Player of the Week honors three times. 

Coach Nestor hails from Rochester Hills, Mich. where he attended and played baseball at Rochester Adams High School. He was a contributing part of two district titles in 2005 and 2006 with a regional finals appearance in 2005. As a senior in 2006, he was a recipient of the Brown and Gold Award.

Coach Nestor has been an assistant and head coach with the Oakland Bulldogs Baseball organization since 2009.  He earned his degree in Sports Management and Leadership Studies from Central Michigan University in 2011 and also earned his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Coach from the International Fitness Professionals of America in 2012.  Currently, he provides baseball instruction at the Varsity Shop Training Center.

Coach Chipka on Nestor:

"I'm very excited to have Coach Nestor on staff at RC. Scott comes from a family that is deeply rooted in baseball and is a true student of the game. He displays a wealth of baseball knowledge, specifically in the areas of pitching, catching, and strength and conditioning. He was a tremendous worker and leader when he played and he has carried those same traits into coaching. I am confident that he will make an immediate impact on the team and pitching staff."

 
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Rick Desotell
Assistant Coach
5th Season
 
Rick Desotell is a well known name when it comes to coaching in southeastern Michigan. Rick has coached athletics at all levels including professional. Highlights of Desotell's coaching career are when he assisted De La Salle Collegiate to the State Football Championship and when he helped coach the former Saginaw Sting to a CIFL Chamionship. Along with an extensive coaching resume, Desotell has also acted in several TV shows including Days of Our Lives and Airwolf which have aired on National Television. As a youth, Desotell showed his versatility by making All-Star teams, playing all positions on the field.  As a coach, Desotell displayed that same versatility winning titles in golf, tennis, basketball, football, track, and baseball.  
 
Desotell resides in Rochester Hills with his wife Kimberly, son Josh, and daughter Kennedy.  
 
Coach Chipka on Desotell:
"Rick is a vital component of our program. Specializing in the mental edge of the game and life, his mentorship is essential to our program. Rick has experienced success at many levels and in many sports. He has been around the program for a number of years and I have had the opportunity to coach with him numerous times before RC. Each day that Rick is around our program we are that much better for it." 
 
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