Drew Patton - Pitching Coach
Drew Patton is entering his fourth season as the pitching coach at Tiffin University and his 21st overall at the collegiate level.
Patton spent the previous 12 years as the pitching coach at GLIAC opponent, Ashland University. His pitching staffs compiled a team record of 436-228 (.656%). During that time, he guided Ashland pitching staffs to the 2006 and 2008 NCAA Division II World Series and 8 NCAA Regional appearances. His tenure included 1 ABCA All-American Pitcher, 3 Daktronics All-American Pitchers, 4 NCBWA All-American Pitchers, 9 ABCA All-Regional Pitchers, 3 GLIAC Pitchers of the Year, and 13 First Team All-GLIAC Pitchers. Among his pitchers, Ajay Meyer was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award (NCAA Division II player of the year) in 2011 and Josh Davidson led the nation in victories with 14 in 2006.
Under Coach Patton’s tutelage, Ashland set a number of single season team records including: most innings pitched, most strikeouts, most shutouts, most consecutive wins, most GLIAC wins, and most consecutive GLIAC wins. In addition to the team accomplishments, he helped pitchers set individual career records including: wins (37), saves (14), strikeouts (second, 313), innings pitched (second, 344), and appearances (second, 79).
Patton coached ten pitchers who went on to pitch professionally, including one at the Major League level. Two of Patton’s pitchers were drafted in the top ten rounds of the MLB draft: Mike Birkbeck, 4th round to the Milwaukee Brewers (1983) and Logan Sendelbach, 10th round to the Pittsburgh Pirates (2015). Sendelbach was the first student-athlete to be drafted from Tiffin.
Three of his former pitchers are currently college pitching coaches: Cody Castle at Marietta College, Mike Birkbeck at Kent State University, and Aaron Hilt at Ashland University.
In three years at Tiffin, Patton has guided his pitching staffs to three of the top four single season strikeout totals since moving to the NCAA Division II level (332 in 2017, 316 in 2015, and 270 in 2016). Additionally, Tiffin pitchers have set or tied a number of single season records under Patton’s guidance: Kevin Borst now owns the single season (13, 2017) and career (14, 2016-2017) marks for saves. Borst led the GLIAC in saves and finished tied for third most saves in the country. Luke Fraley and Michael Boswell tied the single season record for wins (6, 2017). As a staff, Tiffin set the single season records for wins (32) and GLIAC wins (21), and innings pitched (417) en route to finishing third in the regular season and GLIAC conference tournament runners up in 2017.
Rick Hubbard - Assistant Coach / Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Rick Hubbard enters his 1st season as assistant strength and conditioning coach and his 2nd as assistant baseball coach with the Dragons. Hubbard’s responsibilities include designing and implementing training programs for the Dragons as well as assisting with the daily operations of the baseball program. He holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is certified in various areas by the American Red Cross.
His responsibilities with baseball include designing the arm strength, recovery and rehabilitation programs for the Dragon’s pitchers as well as helping Coach Patton with daily development of the pitching staff.
Prior to arriving at Tiffin, Hubbard spent the 2014-2016 seasons assisting the Georgia Tech Strength and Conditioning Program. At Tech, Hubbard assisted in all aspects of player development with the baseball team while also being involved with football’s strength and conditioning program.
While at Tech, Hubbard helped the development of 8 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft selections and 3 National Football League (NFL) draft selections.
Hubbard attended and was a pitcher for the Canisius College Golden Griffins, before continuing to East Carolina University where he completed his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a specialty as an Exercise Specialist and Physiologist. He is currently working towards his Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Sports Management.
A native of Angola, New York, Hubbard graduated from Lake Shore High School where he was a three sport captain and letter winner for the baseball, basketball, and football teams. He is the son of Rick and Paolina Hubbard, and has one older sister, Kaileigh.
Brandon Cantrill- Assistant Coach
Brandon Cantrill returns to Tiffin after spending the past year as assistant baseball coach at Marietta College. He will serve as the program's recruiting coordinator, hitting coach, and infield coach.
During his stint at Marietta, a Division III member of the Ohio Athletic Conference, Brandon worked with the Pioneer catchers and hitters, while serving as the Don Schaly Stadium Supervisor. He helped mentor Senior catch Eric White to a 1st Team All-OAC selection during his single season at Marietta.
Prior to Marietta, Cantrill spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Tiffin University. He worked with the Dragon infielders and hitters, while also serving as the first base coach and camp coordinator.
Prior to Tiffin, Cantrill spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Oberlin College, an NCAA Division III member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. A standout catcher for the Yeomen in his playing day, Cantrill worked with Oberlin’s catchers, infielders and hitters, as well as coaching first base.
In addition to his on field duties, Cantrill created the off-season strength and conditioning program for the Yeomen. He also assisted in recruiting and fundraising, helping Oberlin raise nearly $500,000 for facility improvements.
During the summer of 2016 Cantrill served as an assistant coach and hitting instructor for the Kokomo Jackrabbits of the Prospect League. In previous summers, he was the head coach of the Lake Erie Warhawks 18U and 16U teams. Cantrill has worked as a summer baseball camp instructor at Mississippi State University, Florida State University, Duke University and the University of Mississippi.
Cantrill was a four-year starter for the Yeomen primarily as a catcher. He also saw time on the mound at Oberlin. Currently, Cantrill is tenth on Oberlin’s all-time list with 129 career base hits.
Cantrill graduated from Oberlin College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He completed a Master of Business Administration degree at Tiffin University in 2016.