John McEachern- Head Baseball Coach
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Coach John McEachern came to Missouri Valley from public school administration in 2011. He attended and is a graduate of Marshall High School, in Marshall, Texas. In high school Coach McEachern was the baseball team captain and made the all-district team his junior and senior seasons, when his baseball team won the state championship and took fifth in the national tournament. John took over the interim head coaching duties in September of 2012 and took over head coaching duties in the spring of 2013.
McEachern attended East Texas Baptist University where he graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. While at ETBU, he lettered in baseball four years, was a four-year team captain and was named an all-conference pitcher his final two seasons. After graduation, Coach McEachern spent 17 years coaching football and baseball at Orange Grove (2), Gregory-Portland (6), Donna (2), San Marcos (2), and Quinlan (5) all high schools in Texas. McEachern coached several all-American baseball players.
In 1994 Coach McEachern tried-out and was chosen to play on the Corpus Christi Barracudas Independent League baseball team in 1994. The team won the league championship that year with McEachern as one of the starting pitchers. McEachern earned his master’s degree in education administration and his specialist degree from Texas A&M Commerce.
He and his wife of 21 years, Shelley, live in Slater with their daughter, Kaylee who is a freshman nursing student at Missouri Valley College, and son Braiden who is in seventh grade.
Matt Dwyer-Assistant Baseball Coach
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Coach Matt Dwyer begins his coaching career at Missouri Valley with the 2013 season. Coach Dwyer was a four year letter winner at Ripon (Wis.) College, where he served as team captain his senior season, along with receiving an all-conference selection as a pitcher. Coach Dwyer played the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the Northwoods League following his junior year at Ripon College, and played after college with the Fargo-Moorehead Redhawks of the Frontier League.
Coach Dwyer also has experience coaching baseball, spending two seasons as a coach with Ripon College.
Coach Dwyer is originally from Stoughton, Wis., and is a graduate of Stoughton High School, where he served as captain of the baseball team his senior season. While at Ripon College, Coach Dwyer studied Excersice Science and Health, and will study Educational Administration at Missouri Valley College.
Weston Loftin-Graduate Assistant
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Weston continues his work with the Missouri Valley College baseball staff after four succesful seasons as a player for the program, and serving as a student assistant coach during the 2013 season. Coach Loftin was a four-year member of the varsity team serving as team captain in 2012.
He was a two-time Academic all-American, and a 2012 Heart of America Athletic Conference all-Conference honorable mention pitcher.
Coach Loftin received his degree at Missouri Valley in physical education, and is currently pursuing his Master's in physical education from Lindenwood University. Coach Loftin is from Ava, Mo.