Athletics

Men's Baseball

2017-2018 Coaches

Marcus Clapp

Head Baseball Coach

Email: marcusc@northeast.edu
Phone: (402) 844-7301

Head Coach Marcus ClappNortheast Community College has named Marcus Clapp to lead the Hawks baseball program.

Jacob Ripple, Northeast athletic director, announced in August that Northeast would add baseball to its line-up, bringing the number of athletic programs at the College to eight. “I’m very excited and honored to be the first head baseball coach at Northeast,” Clapp said. “I want to thank Mr. Ripple and the administration for their voice and support in bringing baseball to Northeast. My family and I are looking forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead.”

Ripple said, “I believe that we have found someone with the experience and passion that we are looking for to start our baseball program. The fact that Marcus not only has good ties within the state of Nebraska, but also experience with a high level National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II program makes him a perfect fit to start our program. We had a number of quality candidates for our position, but through the interview process Marcus really rose to the top of our pool.”

Clapp previously served as the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s top assistant baseball coach and as an event manager for the Loper Athletic Department. He was the pitching coach for the Lopers, where he cultivated a very solid pitching staff for the program, including developing a first team All-Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association pitcher during the 2016 season. Clapp’s entire staff at UNK had a strikeout to walk ratio of three-to-one. In 2015, six different UNK pitchers won at least three games and senior Aaron Smith earned All-MIAA honors, for a 7-2 record and three complete games. This past spring, senior John Watson posted a team-best 2.62 working as a starter and out of the pen. Senior Joe Smidt capped a record-breaking record by saving two more games and having a 3.55 ERA.

Before his work at UNK, Clapp was the assistant baseball coach at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) in Arizona for nine seasons. It was there he helped develop the Fighting Artichokes into an NJCAA Division II national power, including four trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013. He also served as assistant athletic director and as the interim athletic director for one year at SCC.

In his first year as the Artichokes pitching coach, the pitching staff set new school records for both ERA (3.46) and Strikeouts (417). In 2007 the pitching staff reset those records with a 2.92 ERA and 519 Strikeouts and sent two pitchers to the National Junior College All-Star Game. Clapp, in 2012, saw his closer record 17 saves and a nation-best 0.20 ERA. In 2013, Coach Clapp had two pitcher drafted in the 3rd and 21st rounds of the MLB draft. In addition, the staff had a 1st team All-American and 6 pitchers signed to four year universities. The 2013 staff also set school records in ERA (2.43) and Strikeouts (559). Eight school records have been set and been reset under Clapp and the eight lowest team ERA's in SCC history all came under Clapp.

During his tenure with SCC, 28 sophomore pitchers signed with four universities and twenty moved on to Division I baseball programs. Clapp also saw 9 of his arms drafted by MLB teams.

The draft picks were TJ Macy (Brewers), Brandon Pullen (Mariners), TJ Geith (Rays), Stephen Tarpley (Orioles), Scott Zuloaga and Sebastian Kessay (Astros), Bryan Sova and Josh Taylor (Phillies) and Colton Thomson (Cardinals).

Marcus pitched at Scottsdale CC in 1998 and 1999 earning All-Conference honors. After pitching at Scottsdale, he continued his playing career at Louisiana Tech University as a set-up/closer. Clapp still holds the second spot on the all-time single season appearances list at Tech.

Clapp started his coaching career at Louisiana Tech as a Graduate Assistant coach, where he earned his Master’s degree in Health and Exercise Science. After receiving his degree, Clapp moved to the University of Nebraska-Kearney to serve as pitching coach and lead assistant. In his 1st stint at UNK, three pitcher earned All Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors and Clapp help develop the forty-first pick by the Yankees Joba Chamerlain.

Coach Clapp also has coached summer league teams in the Northwoods and Coastal Plains Leagues.

Marcus was born in McCook, NE. and is married to Leesa and have 3 children, Wyatt, Myles and Lucy.

Brad Jarreau

Assistant Baseball Coach

Email: bradleyj@northeast.edu

Brad Jarreau is entering his first season as an assistant coach for the Hawks. Jarreau will work with the hitters and outfielders this season for the Hawks.

In the summer of 2017, Jarreau coached in the Coastal Plain league for the High Point-Thomasville Hi-toms. Jarreau worked with hitters and outfielders during his time with the Hi-toms.

Jarreau played at Middle Tennessee State University from 2014-2017 and received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from MTSU.

In 2017, Brad is eighth all-time in the Blue Raider record book with 128 consecutive games played. He finished his career tied for seventh in MT history with 177 singles over his four-year career and also finished his career with a .322 batting average. In 2017, Jarreau had a career-best .340 batting average, with six home runs, and .488 slugging percentage and career-best with 31 RBI. He also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 108 chances in center field. Brad had 18 multi-hit games in just 37 games played and was named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll as well as a Top 30 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award!

In 2016, Jarreau made the preseason All-Conference USA selection and was second on the team with .298 batting average while starting in all 55 games in center field, making just one error in 143 chances.

In 2015, Jarreau earned second-team All C-USA honors as an outfielder starting in all 59 games in right field with a batting avg. of .338 with 81 hits and 45 runs.

In 2014, Brad was on the 2014 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll while appearing in 18 games, starting in 12 as a freshman. He started the last 12 games of the year and hit .286 with 11 runs scored.

Jarreau also played in three different summer baseball leagues playing for the Dodge City A’s (Jayhawk League), the Staunton Braves (Valley Baseball League), and the High Point-Thomasville Hi-toms (Coastal Plain League).

Brad Jarreau is from Joelton, TN.

 

Bladen Bales

Assistant Baseball Coach

Email: bladen@northeast.edu

Bladen Bales is entering his first season as an assistant coach for Northeast. Bales will handle the infielders, while helping with the hitters, along with coordinating Northeast recruiting efforts. ‪Bales comes to Northeast from Nebraska City High School in Nebraska City, NE, where he served as an assistant coach under his father, coach Tom Bales.

Bladen received his first head coaching job in the summer of 2017 when he took over the Nebraska City Junior Legion program. In his first stint as head coach, he took the Juniors to the State Tournament while posting a regular season record of 27-2. Coach Bales also helped lead the Nebraska City Seniors team to a State Tournament, including a 2017 Runner-up finish. ‬‬ ‪Bales played collegiately at McCook Community College.

After finishing up his associates degree, Bales transferred to play and continue his education at Nebraska Wesleyan University.