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Heath Schesser
16  Heath Schesser
Hometown:
Manhattan, Kan.

High School:
Manhattan (Kan.)

Last College:
Kansas State, '01

Position:
Volunteer Assistant Coach

One of the most decorated baseball players in Kansas State history, Heath Schesser returns to his alma mater in 2003 to serve as a volunteer assistant coach for his college coach Mike Clark. A third team All-American at shortstop in 1997, Schesser ranks among the school?s career top 10 in nine offensive categories, while he still owns six single-season marks all accomplished during his All-American season.

In his capacity as volunteer assistant, Schesser?s primary responsibilities include helping assistant Steve Miller with the Wildcat hitters and baserunners and serving as first base coach.

One of the greatest players to don the uniform at Kansas State, Schesser was one of 21 former Wildcats named to the All-Century baseball team in 2000. A three-year starter at shortstop for the Wildcats from 1995-97, he currently ranks among K-State?s top 10 in seven career categories, including fifth in RBIs (170), sixth in runs scored (163), extra-base hits (79), doubles (45), triples (12) and total bases (350), seventh in hits (215), ninth in singles (136) and 10th in home runs (22). He also started 161 games during his career, which ranks eighth all-time. During his sensational junior season in 1997, he broke school single-season marks for at-bats (237), hits (97), runs scored (70), RBIs (85), home runs (16) and total bases (181). He also paced the squad in games played (56), batting average (.409), doubles (20), triples (nine), on-base percentage (.486) and slugging percentage (.764). He ranked among the top 10 players in the NCAA in RBIs/game (1.52) and triples/game (0.14) during the season. He is still tied for the seventh-longest hitting streak in school history with a 16-game streak in 1997.

Schesser became the Wildcats? first All-American in five years when he was named a third team selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers in 1997. He was also selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Midwest team and was the school?s first All-Big 12 first team honoree. He was also an honorable mention All-Big Eight pick in 1996. He capped his junior season by becoming the highest draft pick in Mike Clark?s 16-year tenure at Kansas State when he was chosen in the fifth round by the Detroit Tigers.

During his stint with the Tigers, he played with the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers of the New York-Penn League (short-season Class A) in 1997 and the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League (Class A) in 1998. He had the game-winning home run in the Whitecaps? win over the Rockford Cubs in the league championship. While playing at Kansas State, Schesser distinguished himself on the field during the critical summer playing period. In the summer of 1996, he played in the prestigious Cape Cod League, which is widely-regarded as the nation?s premier summer wood-bat league. While playing for the Falmouth (Mass.) Commodores, he made the league all-star team and was named team most valuable player. Some of his Commodore teammates included future and current Major League players Eric Milton, Adam Kennedy and Scott Strickland. Prior to his sophomore season, he was named a National Baseball Congress (NBC) All-American, while playing for the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos.

A native of Manhattan, Kan., Schesser earned his bachelor?s degree in golf course management from Kansas State in 2001. He is currently pursuing his master?s degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Kansas State. A 1994 graduate of Manhattan High School, Schesser, 27, is single and resides in Manhattan.