Mike Deegan returns for his eighth season as the head baseball coach at Denison in 2020. In his short time in Granville, Deegan has established Denison baseball as one of the top programs in the mid-east region and a contender on the national stage. This began with a breakthrough 2018 season that saw the Big Red set a new program record for wins (32) while advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Deegan was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the second time and senior centerfielder Tanner Johnson was named the NCAC Player of the Year.
In 2019, Denison shattered the records set the previous season by going 39-9 and advancing to another NCAA Regional. The Big Red won a school-record 17-straight games while capturing the program's first-ever NCAC Tournament Championship. The team advanced to the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament for the second time in school history, capturing its first postseason victory against La Roche. Junior first baseman Will Krushena was named to the ABCA Division III All-American team.
In seven seasons at Denison, Deegan has guided his teams to one NCAC Tournament title, three West Division Championships and six appearances in the NCAC Championship Tournament in Chillicothe while posting a .653 winning percentage (192-102) which is tops in the 125+ year history of Denison baseball. In 2019, Deegan became the program's career leader in victories.
The successes of Denison baseball has been a gradual climb that culminated with the NCAA South Region berth in 2018 in Holly Springs, North Carolina. DU completed the 2018 season with a 32-12 record. Six players were named to the all-conference team and DU swept the conference awards with Johnson taking Player of the Year accolades and Perley Provost earning Pitcher of the Year. Provost, Johnson, Sam Frazen and Mikey Rivera earned all-region honors and Johnson became Denison's sixth ABCA All-American.
In 2017, the Big Red was 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. 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 was inducted into the Marietta Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Pennsylvania Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
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 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 university." - - - Vanderbilt Head Baseball Coach, Tim Corbin