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Head Coach Paul Hesse
Paul Hesse is in his 22nd season as head baseball coach at Mount Union and is the winningest coach in program history.
Since taking over in 1997, Hesse has posted a career record of 451-382-4 (.539), placing him first in wins and games coached at Mount Union and is one of only eight coaches in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference to have won more than 400 games.
In 2017, Hesse led the Purple Raiders to their first OAC regular season title since 1970 and hosted the conference tournament for the first time in program history.
In 2013, the Raiders claimed their first OAC Tourament title and advanced to the NCAA Tourament for the first time in school history.
During Hesse’s tenure, eight school records have been either tied or broken. In 1999, the Raiders set season records in team batting average (.357), hits (503) and runs (384). They also set a school record for fielding percentage (.963). In 2000, the team record for home runs in a season was broken as they belted 33. The stolen bases record was broken in 2017 as the Raiders shattered the previous record of 86 with 114 in '17. The previous school mark of 28 wins in 2012, was shattered with 31 wins in 2017.
Since the OAC went to the current four-team playoff format in 1985, the Raiders have made 14 appearances. As head coach, Hesse has led the Raiders to 10 appearances with championship game appearances in 1999, 2002, 2013 and 2017. During the Raiders’ three-year tournament run from 1993-95, Hesse served as an assistant coach under Bill Ek.
Hesse began his coaching career during the summer of 1971 with the Suffield Warriors in the Portage County League. He continued his coaching career at various levels throughout the Akron, Canton and Alliance areas until the summer of 1996 when he took over the Raiders. He was active at his alma mater, Field High School, where he worked as an assistant from 1972-78 and head coach from 1981-83.
In addition to coaching, Hesse is involved with many organizations in the collegiate ranks. He currently represents the Mid-East Region on the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III All-American & the Coach of the Year Committee (2001-08). He has served as the national chair since 2002. Hesse also served as a high school basketball official for 21 years with the Ohio High School Basketball Officials Association.
In the summer of 2007, Hesse was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition for his years of coaching and contributions to the high school summer league and collegiate programs.
Hesse earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1982 and received a master’s degree in sport administration with a collegiate focus in 1986 from Kent State University. In addition to coaching baseball, Hesse serves as an assistant to the athletic director as well as a class lecturer at Mount Union. He is a native of Suffield, Ohio and currently resides in Alliance.