|Howie Krause, Head Coach | Baseball|
The 2014 season marks Coach Krauseís 13th year leading the Lakeland baseball program. A three-time Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) coach of the year (2004, 2005, 2013), Krause has guided the Lakers to five conference championships since taking the head coaching reigns in 2002. Additionally, five student-athletes have earned All-American honors from the NJCAA including a pair of first team selections during his tenure. Prior to his appointment he spent one year as an assistant with the program under Chris Mongiardo.
In 2013, the Lakers claimed the collegeís first conference title since 2008 and earned an automatic bid to the Region XII tournament as the top seed from in the south district. Lakeland swept the OCCAC postseason awards including the Coach, Player (Wil Shortreed), and Pitcher (Brandon Easton) of the Year. Three members of that team were also named to the OCCAC All-Academic Team for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
An Eastlake North High School graduate, Krause played under head coach Spark Sankal. He played collegiate baseball at Florida Southern where he helped the Moccasins win the 1995 NCAA Division II National Championship. He also helped FSC finish as the national runner-up in 1994. Following his collegiate career, Krause spent two seasons in the minor leagues with the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins organizations.
His biggest success has been placing his players into high profile four-year programs when their time at Lakeland is finished. He and his wife Colleen reside in Concord Township.
Conference Championships: Five
Aaron Cone, First Team, 2003
Chris Steinborn, First Team, 2002
Wil Shortreed, Second Team, 2013
Kyle Shaffer, Third Team, 2008
Brad Coon, Third Team, 2003
|Greg Gerland, Assistant Coach | Baseball|
The 2014 season marks Greg Gerlandís tenth year on the Lakeland coaching staff. Since 2005, Gerland has helped the Lakers claim four Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) championships while serving as the pitching coach. In 2013, Gerlandís staff posted a conference-best 4.65 ERA to help Lakeland claim a share of the regular season title. Freshman Brandon Easton was named OCCAC Pitcher of the Year at seasonís end before being selected in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins organization.
A Euclid High School graduate, Gerland played collegiate baseball at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. In his three years with the Bulldogs, Gerland went 24-11 from the mound and helped the Bulldogs claim three conference championships (1992, 1994, 1995). CU also made two trips to the NAIA World Series where it finished as national runner-up in 1994 and third in 1995. He is tied for fifth in school history in career wins with 24 in three seasons and holds the single-season shutout record with four as a senior. He ranks eighth in career strikeouts (171) and fifth in innings pitched (235.2) in his three years with the program.
Upon graduating from Cumberland with a bachelorís degree in education he spent one year with the Atlanta Braves organization during the 1995-96 season.
Gerland, a Corporate Sales Auditor for Progressive Insurance, currently resides in Euclid.