LINDSBORG — Greg May has been named as an assistant baseball coach at Bethany College.
“I could not be happier to have Greg join the staff at Bethany," Swede coach Andrew Bartman said. "I know from working together previously that Greg will bring a professional approach as a proven pitching coach and recruiter to our program. Our pitchers will get a very well-rounded approach to their craft, incorporating many traditional and non-traditional methods to assist them in reaching their full potential."
May comes to Bethany with two years of coaching experience at the collegiate level and six at the high school level. He specializes in pitching, with more than seven years of experience teaching, developing, and training effective pitchers for various college and high school programs.
"I cannot contain my excitement in accepting the assistant coaching position with Swedes caseball and coach Bartman," May said. "It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the Bethany College Department of Athletics and aid in its continued growth and success."
In summer 2014, May served as the head coach of the Cheyenne Grizzlies, a summer team affiliated with the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. He recruited, signed, and created summer rosters, hired and managed coaching staff, and dealt with practice planning, training and management of the pitching staff. Two current Bethany College baseball players played for May on the Cheyenne Grizzlies this past summer, Clayton Cozzitorto and Andrew Gomez. The previous summer, May was the assistant coach of the Grizzlies.
In 2013, May worked as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Pomona College. He was responsible for creating preseason strength and conditioning manuals for both pitchers and position players as well as the training, practice plans, video analysis, statistical analysis, and in-season preparation of the pitching staff.
From 2012-2013, May was the assistant coach at MacMurray College from 2012-2013, working under Bartman. While at MacMurray, May helped improve the strikeout to walk ratio by 50 percent, reduced the number of earned runs by 19 percent, reduced the pitching staff's earned run average by 20 percent, and reduced the batting average against the staff by 10 percent. May helped coordinate recruiting efforts, worked as the strength and conditioning coordinator and speed coach for the entire roster, and was the head coach of the junior varsity team.
In addition to his coaching experience, May brings a plethora of playing experience to the table. After playing for the NCAA Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball team, May played for the Dordrecht Hawks, a Netherlands semi-professional team. He played for the senior team, coached the junior team, and taught baseball skills to the boys and girls in their youth league. May also played for the Palm Springs Chill in 2008, a member of the Arizona Winter League, and was a two-time participant in the International Baseball/Softball Tournament in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, winning the 2004 Championship and finishing third in 2005 while serving as team captain.
May is the Sales and Product Development Representative of Mayday Publishing, Inc., a family owned business that develops and sells products to baseball and softball coaches. Under the brand name More Than ERA, the business sells a pitching performance system combined of proprietary pitching performance software and pitching charts. Founded in 2002, Mayday Publishing has approximately 300 college and high school clients as well as a small number of professional team clients.
May holds a Master of Arts degree in management from University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College.