AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union head baseball coach Paul Hesse has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Coach of the Year.
It is the first time he as won the honor after the 17-year manager led the Purple Raiders to their second-ever OAC Tournament title and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Hesse was an assistant coach for the Purple Raiders for three seasons before taking over in 1997 and has posted a career record of 338-307-3 (.526), placing him first in wins and games coached (648) and behind only long-time Raider head coachJack Rafeld (1954-79) in winning percentage. Hesse is one of only 10 coaches in the history of the OAC to have won more than 300 games.
As head coach, Hesse has led the Raiders to nine conference tournament appearances including the 2013 title with championship game appearances in 1999 and 2002.
Hesse began his coaching career during the summer of 1971 with the Suffield Warriors in the Portage County League. He continued his coaching career at various levels throughout the Akron, Canton and Alliance areas. He was active at his alma mater, Field High School, where he worked as an assistant from 1972-78 and head coach from 1981-83.
In addition to coaching, Hesse is involved with many organizations in the collegiate ranks. He currently represents the Mideast Region on the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III All-American & the Coach of the Year Committee where he has served as the national chair since 2002.
Hesse has also served as a high school basketball official for 21 years with the Ohio High School Basketball Officials Association. In the summer of 2007, Hesse was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition for his over 40 years of coaching and contributions to the high school summer league and collegiate programs. Hesse earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1982 and received a master's degree in sport administration in 1986 from Kent State University.
In addition to coaching baseball, Hesse serves as as an assistant to the athletic director and has been a class lecturer. He is a native of Suffield, Ohio, and currently resides in Alliance.