Feb. 27, 2014
GALESBURG—Jake Tenhouse, who has nearly a decade of experience as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, has been hired as the head baseball coach at Carl Sandburg College. Tenhouse’s hiring was approved during the College’s regular Board of Trustees meeting Thursday evening.
A graduate of Camp Point Central High School, Tenhouse has had several successful stints as an assistant. He comes to Sandburg after spending last season at Quincy University, where he also was a three-year letter-winner as a catcher during his playing career. He was part of Hawks teams that were ranked in the NCAA Division II top 25 in 2001 and 2002.
“I’m very grateful and thrilled for this opportunity,” said Tenhouse, who also will serve as an admissions recruiter for the College. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the team, helping them become better players and having a successful season.”
Tenhouse spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and in 2011 the Bison set a school record with 42 wins — a 17-win improvement from the previous year — and made their first NCAA Division II tournament appearance.
Prior to his tenure at Harding, Tenhouse spent two seasons as an assistant at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he earned his bachelor's in business administration. As catching coach, he was closely involved in the development of catcher Mike Pericht, who was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 16th round of the 2009 MLB draft.
Tenhouse has spent two seasons as the head coach of collegiate summer league teams. In 2009, he managed the Wilmington (N.C.) Sharks of the Coastal Plain League. His squad included players from 20 NCAA Division I schools, and he worked extensively with Jesse Bosnik, a 13th-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2010. In 2008, he managed the Hornell Dodgers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League to the Western Division regular-season title, and he was named the NYCBL Coach of the Year after leading the team to a league-best 32-10 record.
Tenhouse spent the 2008 season as an assistant with Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis, and his first collegiate coaching position came as an assistant during the 2007 season with Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. That spring, the Lions compiled a 47-20 record and won the Mid-South Super Regional to qualify for the NAIA World Series.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome Coach Tenhouse to Sandburg, and we think he’ll be a great fit for our student-athletes and our baseball program,” Sandburg athletic director Mike Bailey said. “Success seems to follow him everywhere he’s gone, and we hope that trend continues here.”
Tenhouse takes over a Chargers team that last spring won nine of its final 10 games in the regular season and finished 25-25 overall and 11-9 in the Arrowhead Conference. Sandburg will open its 2014 season with its Spring Break trip March 8-12 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Chargers’ first game is 3 p.m. March 8 against Morris (N.J.).