GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Denison head baseball coach Mike Deegan was inducted into the Washington-Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on June 14 in Meadow Lands, Pennsylvania.
This caps a busy 12 months on the awards circuit for Deegan. He was also inducted into the Marietta College Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall.
A native of Washington, Pennsylvania, Deegan was a standout high school baseball and basketball player at Trinity High School. In basketball, he was a four-year starter and the team's leading scorer in three seasons. He graduated as Trinity's all-time leading scorer with 1,296 points. In baseball, Deegan was a three-year starter at shortstop who helped lead Trinity to the WPIAL playoffs in three consecutive seasons.
Deegan played college baseball at Marietta where he was a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection and an All-Mideast region selection in 2001. Deegan helped lead Marietta to four-straight OAC Championships, two NCAA Division III World Series appearances and a national runner-up finish in 2001.
In seven seasons as the head baseball coach at Denison, Deegan has established Denison baseball as one of the top programs in the Mideast 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.
Since 2013, 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.