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. The program has improved from a 3-35 record in 2013 to a 29-16 record in 2015 that included a Heart Eastern Division championship and one game away from a berth into the NAIA National postseason tournament.
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 23 years, Shelley, live in Slater with their daughter, Kaylee who is a junior nursing student at Missouri Valley College, and son Braiden who is in ninth grade.
Matt Dwyer-Assistant Baseball Coach
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Coach Matt Dwyer began his coaching career at Missouri Valley with the 2013 season as a graduate assistant. Dwyer moved to a full-time assistant coach for the 2014-2015 athletic year. Since arriving at Missouri Valley, the baseball program has improved from a 3-35 record in 2013 to a 29-16 record and Heart Eastern Division championship in 2015. The program has also received 16 all-conference selections and one conference gold glove selection since 2013. The program has also produced four Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athletes. As hitting coach, the Vikings batted .311 during the 2015 season, the program's highest average since 2007.
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 graduated with a degree in excersice science and health. Dwyer also obtained his Master's degree in educational administration from Lindenwood (Mo.) University. He and his fiance Aimee reside in Marshall, Mo.
Brady Nowak-Graduate Assistant
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Coach Brady Nowak entered Missouri Valley College as a graduate assistant in the fall of 2015. He also helped out as a student assistant coach in 2014. He began his playing career at Truman State University where he also played football. He then transferred to Southwestern Illinois College before coming to Missouri Valley College. He was a pitcher on the Missouri Valley College baseball team for the 2013-2014 seasons.
Coach Nowak is from Belleville, Illinois and is a graduate from Althoff Catholic High School, where he was a two-year captain on the baseball team. Coach Nowak graduated from Missouri Valley College with bachelor’s degrees in exercise science and psychology. He is currently working on his master’s degree in exercise science at the University of Central Missouri.