Steve Sakosits: Earlham Baseball Can Compete at The National Level

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Steve Sakosits: Earlham Baseball Can Compete at The National Level

Steve Sakosits, Head Coach of the Earlham baseball program, used to take the team to the
movies and invite them over for dinners and Super Bowl parties. But this year, the baseball
team has 38 members, an increase from 25 members from two years ago. Team outings are no
longer practical.
The larger roster is partly a result of the team’s recent performance on the field. Earlham has
been to the playoffs three out of the last four years, including winning the Heartland Conference
championship two years ago.
The team also plays in one of the nicest stadiums in the conference. The stadium has an all-turf
field, a video board, and heated dugouts.
The stadium was built in 2013 with a $1 million donation from Randy R. Sandler, Earlham class
of ’73. Sakosits, who frequently reaches out to alumni to thank them for their support of the
program, had a role in Sandler’s decision to finance the new facility. Sakosits said, “The power
of thank you goes a long way.”
Sakosits started at Earlham as an assistant coach in 2008 and was promoted to head coach
during the 2011 season. In the season prior to him taking over as head coach, the team was 9-

  1. During his tenure, the team has gone 169-149. The team started to turn things around in
    2013, coach Sakosits said, when it went on a five-game winning streak. He was named coach
    of the year in 2017, the same year the team won the title.
    In practice, Sakosits walks among the players, giving them individual instructions. He also tries
    to meet with all of the players at least once during the semester to discuss their academic
    progress.
    “Every day is an opportunity to get one percent better than you were the day before,” he says.
    Sakosits has worked or played for seven different coaches over his career and has learned
    something from each of them.
    To increase Earlham’s recruiting reach, Sakosits said that he would like to see the college add
    other academic programs, such as engineering and criminal justice.
    Sakosits played for four years at Xavier University in Cincinnati. When he graduated, he was the
    No. 4 winningest pitcher in the school’s history.
    After graduation, he started coaching as an assistant at Defiance College. He went from there to
    Earlham. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Ashley, their three-month-old daughter, Adriana,
    and their husky, Karma.
    Sakosits believes that the Baseball program has not yet reached its potential and thinks that
    Earlham could one day compete at the national level.

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