Jamie Sheetz returns to Missouri State for his third stint on the Bears' coaching staff in 2012, after previously serving as the program's volunteer assistant from 1999 through 2001, as well as during the 2008 season. In this capacity, Sheetz serves as a hitting instructor and works with the MSU infielders.
No stranger to the local baseball scene, Sheetz brings a wealth of experience to the MSU staff, including nearly two decades as an amateur instructor. He served as an assistant coach for the prestigious Midwest Nationals Baseball Organization for four seasons (2004-06 and 2009-10), seeing 12 of his former players taken in the MLB Draft or go on to sign professional contracts and a total of 30 players ink letters of intent with NCAA Division I programs.
Sheetz also spent two seasons on the baseball staff at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., serving as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Vikings in 2007 and 2009, helping the program to a pair of conference titles, as well as a regional championship. In between his two stops at Jefferson, Sheets made his way back to Springfield to help guide one of the strongest MSU squads in recent history. The 2008 Bears went 40-17 and finished second in the MVC. Ultimately, five players off of that team were drafted and/or signed professional contracts.
Sheetz also experience success on the prep coaching level, working four seasons as head coach at Springfield Catholic High School (2002-05). He compiled an overall record of 71-34 (.676) with the Fightin' Irish, leading Catholic to a pair of district titles and two state semifinal appearances, while six of his players earned all-state honors and a total of 11 went on to play at the collegiate level.
In his first stint with the Bears (1998-2001), Sheetz helped guide Missouri State to an NCAA Regional appearance in 1999 and the program's first regular-season MVC crown in 2001. He also mentored 23 players who were either drafted or signed professional contracts, including four All-Americans, 22 all-conference players and two USA National Team members. Five of those former Bears became major leaguers including Ryan Howard, the 2005 National League Rookie of the Year and 2006 N.L. Most Valuable Player.
Before his time at MSU, Sheetz served as vice president of marketing and instruction at Dick Birmingham Sports from 1995-98. He started his coaching career at Miamisburg (Ohio) High (1993-95) before moving on to Springfield's Parkview High (1995-96) He also helped guide the American Legion programs at Parkview and Willard in the summer months, in addition to helping lead U.S. Delegate baseball teams to the Bahamas and Aruba.
Additionally, Sheetz has spent time on the coaching staff of the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2008, and worked as an associate scout for both the Washington Nationals and Chicago White Sox.
Sheetz graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 1993 and completed his master's degree in education at Missouri State in 2006.