Nick Schnabel enters his third season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan baseball program. Schnabel is the recruiting coordinator for the Maize and Blue as well as working with the Wolverine infielders.
Schnabel helped the Wolverines garner the 20th-best recruiting class in 2013, according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He also coached shortstop Travis Maezes, who was named an All-Big Ten third team selection in 2014 and earned Big Ten All-Freshman team honors as a rookie.
Schnabel was East Carolina's hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons. During his three years with the Pirates, Schnabel mentored six Conference USA selections, including John Wooten and Zach Wright in 2012, and four All-C-USA All-Freshman team members. Four players also earned all-regional honors during his three years at ECU. Off the field, his recruiting efforts helped garner three consecutive Top 50 designations from Collegiate Baseball and a No. 28 ranking by PG Crosschecker in 2011. This past season, Schnabel directed an offense that ranked among Conference USA leaders in hits (626, 1st), batting average (.295, 2nd), RBI (300, 4th), runs (342, 4th), total bases (810, 4th) and home runs (30, 5th). Schnabel also has had six players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft sign with their respective clubs.
Prior to his appointment at ECU, Schnabel served for two seasons as the hitting instructor, recruiting coordinator and third base coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. While he was at Liberty, the Flames compiled a 68-47-1 overall record and a pair of Big South Conference championship game appearances. Liberty reached the 30-plus win plateau both seasons Schnabel was in Lynchburg. He also coached Tyler Bream, who was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2009. In Schnabel's first season at Liberty, the Flames set a school record with 155 doubles, ranking fifth in the country and ranked 23rd in the nation with 60 double plays turned.
Schnabel spent two seasons at the U.S. Military Academy, serving as Army's hitting instructor while working with their infielders and overseeing the club's defensive alignment. In 2006, Schnabel's first season at West Point, the Black Knights posted their third consecutive 30-plus win season and in 2007, Army advanced to its third Patriot League title game in four years. He coached Milan Dinga, who was named to the Pro-Line Cap All-America team presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2006, and Cole White, who was the Patriot League's Player of the Year and an American Baseball Coaches Association Northeast Region first team selection in 2007.
Schnabel was at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., in 2005 as the assistant coach in charge of infield instruction, the assistant hitting instructor and academic monitor. The Indians captured the Panhandle Conference Championship and went on to finish second in the state of Florida, reaching the state championship game.
He started his college coaching career as a volunteer coach at East Carolina in 2004. That season, ECU won a school-record 51 games and competed in the NCAA Super Regional in Columbia, S.C. The Pirates finished the season eighth in the country with a .975 fielding percentage and posted a .318 team batting average.
Schnabel played with Bakich at East Carolina in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He was a first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and the CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and helped the Pirates to consecutive league championships and No. 1 NCAA Regional seeds in 1999 and 2000. Schnabel began his collegiate career at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif., where he was a first team all-conference performer and preseason junior college All-American.
Following graduation, Schnabel spent four years in the Montreal Expos organization (2000-03) in five levels of the farm system.
Schnabel, a 2003 graduate of East Carolina, is married to the former Emily Gail Cox. The couple has two children, Cal and Caroline.
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