COLCHESTER, Vt. - Jim Neidlinger, a Vermont-based college and travel baseball coach for more than two decades and former professional pitcher, was named head coach of the Saint Michael's College baseball team on Wednesday, as announced by Associate Director of Athletics Meggan Dulude '07. Neidlinger begins his duties on Monday, with the position recently being elevated to full-time status.
Since 2010, Neidlinger has been owner and director of baseball operations for the Bases Loaded Baseball & Softball Academy in Williston, with the facility named among the top 25 baseball academies in the country in 2017. He has also been a head coach with the Bases Loaded Bulldogs travel organization, which fields six teams, since 2016. Through his academy and travel teams, Neidlinger works with players of various ages and skill levels, supervises nearly a dozen instructors, recruits players and hires coaches, and plays a hand in aiding players' college recruitment.
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Chris Kenny '86 and the search committee," said Neidlinger. "I'm very excited that I have this opportunity within my own community, and I look forward to the challenge of building the Saint Michael's program in the very strong Division II Northeast-10 Conference."
Neidlinger brings prior experience as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I University of Vermont and Division III Middlebury College. He served as assistant coach for a decade at Middlebury, aiding in the recruitment and instruction of student-athletes between 2007 and 2016. The Panthers registered 118 victories, including 45 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
"Jim is an incredible asset in the Vermont baseball community, and we are fortunate to have him take the reins of our program," said Dulude. "His work ethic and sincere appreciation for what the game has given him serve as a model for how we hope our student-athletes approach their experience as Purple Knights."
Neidlinger was head coach of the S.D. Ireland American Legion Baseball program between 2005 and 2015 after serving as pitching coach at UVM from 1995 to 1997. The Catamounts were 66-58-1 overall and 38-30 in the America East Conference, making postseason runs in his first and last seasons.
A righthanded pitcher, Neidlinger played 11 seasons of professional baseball, debuting in 1984 before reaching Triple-A as soon as two years later, when he was a combined 14-8 with a 2.63 earned run average between two stops in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. In 1990, Neidlinger was called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 12 games, all starts, picking up his first win against Hall of Famer Tom Glavine and the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 12. He retired in 1994 after four more seasons in Triple-A.