(Canton, MO.) Waubonsee Community College's Brad Unger has been named the new head baseball coach at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri. Unger's hiring was announced earlier this week by Wildcats' Director of Athletics Pat Atwell. Unger joins Culver-Stockton's staff after leading Waubonsee's baseball program the last five years. He took over the reins from long-time Chiefs' coach Dave Randall in 2015, whom he played for in 2001. Waubonsee went 141-116-1 overall during Unger's tenure, an average of 28 wins per season.
"I am extremely blessed and thankful to President Kelly Thompson and Athletic Director Pat Atwell for giving me the opportunity to be the next baseball coach at Culver-Stockton College,' said Unger. "The moment I spoke to (Atwell) I knew this was going to be a great situation for myself and family. I'm excited to get started and build upon the rich tradition of the Wildcat baseball program."
Unger led the Chiefs to the 2016 NJCAA Division III World Series where they finished seventh nationally, and was subsequently named the Region IV Division III and NJCAA District B Coach of the Year. Waubonsee went 37-20 that season, establishing a Chiefs' record for best winning percentage in a season. During his 5-year tenure the Chiefs had 17 players earn All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) First Team honors, a dozen attained All-Region First Team status, while four were named NJCAA All-Americans. While at Waubonsee, Unger served as the Assistant Regional Director for the Great Lakes Region with USA Baseball in their National Team Identification Series program. He will remain with USA Baseball and will now serve as the Coordinator for the State of Missouri.
A Plainfield (IL) Central High School graduate, Unger played his freshman season at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He transferred to Waubonsee for his sophomore year in 2001 earning All-ISCC and All-Region honors. Unger then played two years at Elmhurst College where he was selected to the All-CCIW First Team and tabbed an NCAA Division III Second Team All-American his senior season.
Prior to coaching at Waubonsee, Unger coached 16 seasons in the Aurora American Legion League and was the head varsity baseball coach at Hinckley-Big Rock High School for three seasons, guiding the Royals to the Little Ten Conference title (2013) and the regional championship game in 2013 and 2014. Unger earned his associate degree from Waubonsee in 2001, his bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College in 2003, double majoring in business administration and marketing, and his master's degree from Concordia University-Irvine in 2015, majoring in Coaching and Athletic Administration: Exercise Sports Science.