JAKE WALTERS | ASSISTANT COACH/RECRUITING COORDINATOR
Maryville University Head Baseball Coach Pat Evers has announced that Jake Walters has joined the Saints coaching staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Walters replaces Geoff Jimenez, who has accepted a position as an outfield and baserunning coach with the Philadelphia Phillies. Jimenez will be assigned to one of the Phillies minor league organizations.
Walters comes to Maryville after being a graduate assistant at Quincy University. He assisted with hitting and infield instruction and oversaw both the Varsity and Junior Varsity programs for the Hawks. Walters also was responsible for creating practice plans, game-day strategies, and scouting reports on upcoming opponents. He also was a part of the recruitment of potential student-athletes.
Walters also was the head assistant coach for the Hannibal Hoots of the Midwest Prospect League. He ran the offense and defense for the college summer baseball squad. Walters implemented video analysis to improve hitting and field for the team.
Walters is a 2017 graduate of Quincy University and was a two-year starter for the Hawks. He was named to the All-GLVC and All-Region second teams in his junior season and earned first team All-GLVC and All-Region honors in his senior campaign. Walters also garnered second team All-American honors in 2017.
DAVE OSTER | ASSISTANT COACH
Dave Oster comes to Maryville University after over 30+ years serving as both Head Coach and Assistant Coach at Jefferson College. Oster was a standout middle infielder on the 1968 and 1969 Viking teams and has the distinction of being the first scholarship baseball player for Jefferson College. After graduating from Jefferson, he attended New Mexico Highland University where he was a pre-season All-American his senior year.
In 1980, he was named the sixth head baseball coach at Jefferson and he quickly molded the Vikings into one of the more prominent programs in the nation. Oster’s teams won 12 conference titles, three NJCAA Regional titles, and, in 2002, participated in the NJCAA World Series. One of his strengths was recognizing and developing talent: 41 of his recruits signed professional baseball contracts after playing at Jefferson, with five players, Mike Henneman-(Detroit Tiger, Houston Astros, Texas Ranger), Donnie Wall-(San Diego Padres), Cliff Politte-(St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox), Mark Buehrle-(Chicago White Sox) and Steve Bieser-(New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals) making it to the Major Leagues.
He retired in 2006 as Jefferson College’s most successful baseball coach, with 936 team victories. He rejoined the coaching staff in 2008 as assistant coach working primarily with infielders. He has also been inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
JUSTIN PAULSEN | ASSISTANT COACH
Justin Paulsen comes to Maryville after serving as a student assistant last spring at Missouri State. Paulsen graduated from Christian Brothers High School in St. Louis and attended Jefferson College for a year before heading to Springfield, Mo. to play for Missouri State. He helped the Bears to two NCAA Super Regional appearances and a Missouri Valley Conference championship in 2015. Paulsen garnered numerous honors in a Bear uniform, including All-MVC Honorable Mention his senior season, All-MVC second team and NCAA All-Regional team in his junior campaign. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 39thround in 2017 and played for two seasons in the Padres organization. Paulsen will be working with the Saints hitters and infielders this coming season.