Gordie Theisen is the "father" portion of the father-son combination guiding the Hillsdale College baseball program. Together, Gordie and his son Eric, led the Charger baseball team to new heights in recent years.
In 2016, the Chargers set a program record with 32 wins while qualifying for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time. Two years later, Theisen groomed a deep and tough pitching staff that ended up winning the 2018 G-MAC Tournament title, earning the Chargers a second trip to the postseason in three years. Theisen enters his seventh season as the program's pitching coach in 2019-20.
“It’s exciting, we have always talked about how cool it would be to some day have the opportunity to coach together,” Eric Theisen said. “We’re fortunate to not only have the opportunity, but have it come so soon.
“On top of having similar philosophies of pitching and running a ball club, he brings some valuable experience to our staff. Most importantly, his expectations match the increasing expectations of this program. There is no one I trust more to take the reins of this talented pitching staff.”
Gordie enjoyed a successful tenure with the Bulldogs, where he helped lead the program to the NCAA Division III national playoffs on multiple occasions. He coached three straight MIAA Pitchers of the Year, from 2010-12, and Adrian had a staff earned run average of 2.56 in 2011, which ranked second in all of NCAA Division III.
Prior to his stint at Adrian, Gordie was the head baseball coach at Siena Heights University from 1987-2003, racking up 341 career victories. During his head coaching career, Gordie produced three players who were drafted by Major League Baseball clubs, and three more who signed professional baseball contracts.
“Everything I know about pitching, I learned from my dad,” Eric says. “I grew up in a dugout. To have this opportunity to coach with him is a thrill for me.”
Aside from his baseball coaching career, he owns GT Athletic Consulting and Baseball Instruction in Adrian.