Illinois Institute of Technology Athletic Director Joe Hakes announced the hiring of Ed Zeifert as the university’s new head baseball coach. Zeifert, who previously served as a top assistant at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, will begin his new position immediately.
“We had an exceptionally strong group of finalists, but Ed really stood out with his preparation for the interview,” said Hakes. “His knowledge of the Division III landscape in the Midwest, along with his perception of the potential for the Illinois Tech program, brought him to the front. We look forward to a bright future for Scarlet Hawk baseball.”
Zeifert, who joined the Benedictine University Eagles in 2008, was the infield/hitting coach and organized all fall, pre-season, and regular season practices. He also played a large role in recruitment and scouting, and was an integral part of in-game management. Zeifert served under Division III coaching legend John Ostrowski, who won 990 contests in 43 seasons at Benedictine. The Eagles were successful during Zeifert’s time with the team, posting a 191-148 (.563) record and coaching 19 All-Conference athletes; eight All-Region players; three Co-SIDA Academic All-Americans; a NACC Freshman, Hitter, and Pitcher of the Year; and an NCAA Division III All-American. In 2013, Benedictine reached the NCAA Division III Tournament and finished with a 32-12 record.
Prior to Benedictine University, Zeifert served as head coach at the College of Lake County (CLC) for two seasons. He posted a record of 56-47 at the helm, producing 15 All-Skyway Conference and two All-Region selections. CLC earned a No. 4 regional seed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II playoffs in 2006.
Zeifert served as an assistant coach at several camps and clinics, as well as with CLC and the DuPage Dragons of the Central Illinois Collegiate League. He also was an assistant at his alma mater, Clarke College, for the 2003-04 season. Zeifert was a four-year letter winner at Clarke, where he made the Dean’s List all eight semesters while earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 2003.
“I am humbled and honored to accept the head coaching position at Illinois Tech,” said Zeifert. “The academic environment, coupled with the strong athletic department leadership and an energetic staff, made coming to Illinois Tech an easy decision.”
“I would like to thank Joe Hakes and his staff for the opportunity to lead the Scarlet Hawks baseball program and for the confidence he has shown in me,” Zeifert continued. “I look forward to creating the best student-athlete experience in the country and a winning tradition at Illinois Tech.”
Zeifert will also oversee the athletic department’s event management department in addition to his baseball duties. Illinois Tech baseball will resume play in the spring of 2017.