Alma Mater: University of Akron
Drew Patton is in his fifth season as the pitching coach at Tiffin University. He has 19 years of college coaching experience.
Patton spent the previous 12 years as the pitching coach at GLIAC opponent, Ashland University. His pitching staffs compiled a team record of 436-228 (.656%). During that time, he guided Ashland pitching staffs to the 2006 and 2008 NCAA Division II World Series and 8 NCAA Regional appearances. His tenure included 1 ABCA All-American Pitcher, 3 Daktronics All-American Pitchers, 4 NCBWA All-American Pitchers, 9 ABCA All-Regional Pitchers, 3 GLIAC Pitchers of the Year, and 13 First Team All-GLIAC Pitchers. Among his pitchers, Ajay Meyer was a finalist for the Tino Martinez Award (NCAA Division II player of the year) in 2011 and Josh Davidson led the nation in victories with 14 in 2006.
Under Coach Patton’s tutelage, Ashland set a number of single season team records including: most innings pitched, most strikeouts, most shutouts, most consecutive wins, most GLIAC wins, and most consecutive GLIAC wins. In addition to the team accomplishments, he helped pitchers set individual career records including: wins (37), saves (14), strikeouts (second, 313), innings pitched (second, 344), and appearances (second, 79).
Patton coached ten pitchers who went on to pitch professionally, including one at the Major League level. Two of Patton’s pitchers were drafted in the top ten rounds of the MLB draft: Mike Birkbeck, 4th round to the Milwaukee Brewers (1983) and Logan Sendelbach, 10th round to the Pittsburgh Pirates (2015). Sendelbach was the first student-athlete to be drafted from Tiffin.
Three of his former pitchers are currently college pitching coaches: Cody Castle at Marietta College, Mike Birkbeck at Kent State University, and Aaron Hilt at Ashland University.
In three years at Tiffin, Patton has guided his pitching staffs to three of the top four single season strikeout totals since moving to the NCAA Division II level (332 in 2017, 316 in 2015, and 270 in 2016). Additionally, Tiffin pitchers have set or tied a number of single season records under Patton’s guidance: Kevin Borst now owns the single season (13, 2017) and career (14, 2016-2017) marks for saves. Borst led the GLIAC in saves and finished tied for third most saves in the country. Luke Fraley and Michael Boswell tied the single season record for wins (6, 2017). As a staff, Tiffin set the single season records for wins (32) and GLIAC wins (21), and innings pitched (417) en route to finishing third in the regular season and GLIAC conference tournament runners up in 2017.
Individually, Kevin Borst was named the 2017 GLIAC Commission’s Award winner. Michael Boswell was named the 2017 GLIAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year. Luke Fraley was named to the 2017 GLIAC All-Second Team.
Patton was a four year letter winner at the University of Akron, a two time co-captain, and was named the 1978 University of Akron Pitcher of the Year. After his playing career came to a close, he spent five years at the University of Akron as an assistant coach under the guidance of Head Coach Dave Fross. He graduated from Akron with a BSEd in Physical Education.
A native of Amherst, Ohio, Patton resides in Ashland, Ohio with his wife, Beth, who is an associate professor at Ashland University. They have two grown children: their son, Matt and his wife Lauren live in Omaha, Nebraska and their daughter, Molly and her husband Tyler live in Fairlawn, Ohio.