Mike Deegan returns for his sixth season as the head baseball coach at Denison in 2018.
In five seasons at Denison, Deegan has guided his teams to three North Coast Athletic Conference West Division Championships and four appearances in the NCAC Championship Tournament in Chillicothe.
In 2017, the Big Red were ranked nationally for the majority of the season, marking a return to the top-25 for the first time since 2004. The Big Red finished the season with a record of 29-12, marking the third-highest win total in program history which dates back more than 120 years. In five seasons as the Denison head coach, Deegan boasts a record of 121-83 (.593). On March 22, 2017 he earned career victory No. 100 by defeating his alma mater, Marietta, 6-2 in Marietta, Ohio.
The success of the 2017 season came on the heels of a 27-14 campaign in 2016 that saw Denison earn a regional ranking throughout the season.
In his first two seasons with the Big Red, Deegan guided his squads to back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference West Division championships and consecutive 20+ win seasons. In 2014, Deegan was named the NCAC Coach of the Year after posting a 14-5 record in conference play.
In 2013, Deegan guided his squad to a 25-16 record and a division championship. Denison's 25 victories marked the third-most in a single season in school history at the time. Denison landed three players on the All-NCAC first-team list and nine players overall were honored in the league's post-season awards.
Prior to coming to Denison, Deegan spent nine seasons on the Marietta coaching staff, helping guide the Pioneers to three NCAA Division III national championships (2006, 2011, 2012), six NCAA regional berths, and four Division III championship appearances.
In 2012 the Pioneers captured the program's sixth national championship in school history after posting a 48-8 record. This season's national championship campaign came after a record-setting 2011 season which saw Marietta go 47-4, and once again, win the national championship.
In nine seasons with Deegan on staff, Marietta won 30 or more games eight times, and they posted an overall record of 326-111 (.745).
Deegan served as the recruiting coordinator at Marietta and was the team's hitting instructor. In 2012 the Pioneers hit .331 as a team with a .414 on-base percentage. Marietta outscored its opponents 419-152 last season.
In addition to his responsibilities with the baseball program, he served as a special assistant to the athletics director and was the Marietta Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor.
Deegan spent 2007 serving as the head coach of the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. That season Deegan led the Copperheads to the most wins in franchise history (25), and the best postseason finish in franchise history. He was named the GLSCL Manager of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
A 2001 graduate of Marietta, Deegan was a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection in 1999 and 2001. He was a major contributor on four OAC Championship teams, two NCAA Mideast Regional championships and two NCAA Division III Championship appearances. In his senior season, he started all 58 games, hit .393 with 46 RBI, seven home runs and a team-high 17 doubles. That season the Pioneers advanced to the national championship game.
Prior to his graduation, he was awarded the Way-Weigelt Award which goes to the top senior male student-athlete at Marietta. The award is based on scholarship, leadership, character and sportsmanship. Deegan received his bachelor's in management, and in 2006 he earned his master's degree in education from Marietta.
Deegan and his wife, Lowrie have four children and reside in Granville.
What they're saying about Mike Deegan...
"As sorry as we are to see Coach Deegan leave Marietta, we are equally as proud. Coach Deegan has been an essential part of our success over the last nine years and we feel confident his successes will continue at Denison. Mike is one of the best young coaches in the country and the Big Red are fortunate to have him leading their program."
- Marietta Head Baseball Coach, Brian Brewer
"I think a lot of Mike Deegan as a person, mentor, teacher and coach. He is a person of character and represents values that supersede winning baseball games. He has made a tremendous impact helping Coach Brewer maintain a championship culture at Marietta over the last few years. We who know him are appreciative of Denison for giving him this wonderful opportunity to coach and teach baseball at a tremendous academic academic university."
- Vanderbilt Head Baseball Coach, Tim Corbin