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#9 Jeremy Ison
Position: Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Alma Mater: Miami University
Graduating Year: 2001
Experience: 9 Years
Phone: 513-529-7293
Email: isonjs1@miamioh.edu

Follow Coach Ison on Twitter: @JeremyIson9

The senior most member of the coaching staff, Jeremy Ison has spent the past nine seasons developing the Miami hitters. After having been a member of Miami’s coaching staff for eight seasons under Dan Simonds, Ison was retained and promoted to associate head coach by new head coach Danny Hayden in August of 2013.

“I could not be happier that we were able to keep Jeremy on staff,” Hayden said upon his hire. “Having worked with him at Miami previously, I know he is a great teacher of baseball and a tireless worker. He has also helped build an amazing alumni presence that is very valuable to this program. I am eager to work with Jeremy on returning this program to where it should be.”

Ison was a standout infielder at Miami from 1998-2001. After starting with the RedHawks as a volunteer assistant coach in 2006, Ison was elevated to a full-time assistant coach in 2007, instructing Miami’s infielders and helping develop the offensive game plan. He coached with Hayden at Miami during the 2009 and 2010 seasons when Hayden was the director of baseball operations and volunteer assistant coach.

In addition to coaching the team, Ison serves as the recruiting coordinator for the RedHawks. Ison has also worked closely with Miami Baseball alumni, helping increase alumni donations each of his first five years on the job. In doing so, he assisted in raising money for the Legacy Project, which will build a new locker room and coaches offices as part of McKie Field at Hayden Park.

Working with Miami’s hitters, the RedHawks increased their offensive production each of Ison’s first four years on staff. Beginning in 2006, Miami improved its team batting average, runs scored and home runs each of the next three seasons, peaking with a .310 team batting average, 431 runs scored and a whopping 67 home runs in 2009.

While recent changes in the bats have curtailed some of the lofty offensive numbers across the country, the RedHawks have remained a potent lineup in recent seasons. As a team, Miami has hit .284 or higher in each of the past three seasons. The 2014 RedHawks boasted eight regulars who batted .284 or higher, including five with a .305 average or greater.

Ison has developed plenty of individual talent with the RedHawks as well, highlighted by Adam Eaton (2008-10), who currently plays for the Chicago White Sox. Eaton is one of seven RedHawk hitters under Ison’s watch to be drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft from 2007-14, all seven of whom went undrafted coming out of high school. A total of 15 position players have earned All-Mid-American Conference honors with Ison’s help, including Eaton and Matt Honchel, the 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year. Ison also developed the 2013 MAC Freshman of the Year in Jake Romano, while Romano, Honchel and Steve Sada each collected Freshman All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Under Ison’s guidance, four RedHawks finished their careers ranked in Miami’s all-time top 10 in multiple offensive statistical categories, led by Eaton, who is listed in the top 10 in four categories, including holding the school’s career record for triples (18). The other three include Jordan Petraitis (2006-09), Tommy Nurre (2006-09) and Chris Nadeau (2006-09). Petraitis ranks in the top three in five categories, including first in career doubles (55), while Nurre is second in batting average and fifth in home runs, and Nadeau cracks Miami’s top 10 in RBIs and hits. Along with his ability to teach hitters, Ison has helped Miami rank in the top 30 nationally in fielding percentage multiple times during his tenure.

As a player, Ison spent four seasons as Miami's starting shortstop, appearing in 241 games and belting 38 home runs, which rank him second on Miami's career list. He appears among the top five on four other career lists at Miami as well, ranking second in runs batted in (175), third in total bases (387), fifth in hits (237) and fifth in runs scored (162), while ranking seventh in doubles (47). As a junior, Ison hit a career-high 15 home runs on his way to earning Second-Team All-MAC honors and helping the RedHawks advance to the NCAA Tournament with the program's first Mid-American Conference Tournament title since 1983.

Ison, a native of Hudson, Ohio, earned his degree in sport organization from Miami in 2001. He then signed as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox and spent five seasons playing various levels of professional baseball, including a stint as a player/coach with the Florence Freedom of the independent Frontier League.