Indiana State announced Thursday that it has hired Mitch Hannahs as its head coach, replacing Rick Heller, who left for Iowa.
Hannahs, a Sycamore standout from 1986-89, is a member of the school’s athletics hall of fame. He was a BA All-American in 1989 and went on to play three seasons in the Brewers system. He spent time as an assistant under former Indiana State coach Bob Warn from 1995-99 and again in 2001, then spent nine seasons as the head coach at Lincoln Trail (Ill.) CC, where he led the Statesmen to conference titles in 2006 and 2007. His son, Derek Hannahs, is a rising junior for the Sycamores.
“Mitch is an amazing professional that has accomplished much in his personal and professional career,” ISU director of athletics Ron Prettyman said. “He brings us a high level of administrative experience as well as a broad base of knowledge in professional and collegiate baseball.”
“There’s no question that it’s special to become the head coach at a place where you were a player and worked as an assistant coach,” Hannahs said. “With so many connections to former players and within the community, this makes it a very special homecoming.”