Mike Dooley
Mike Dooley Image
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 20th Season

Dooley has been leading the Saint Xavier University baseball program since 1993 and has been associated with the team for over 30 years.  Under his guidance, the Cougars have compiled a 727-431-3 overall record, a .627 winning percentage.  Dooley has not just created strong teams, he has built a strong program, which has averaged nearly 39 wins each season and sent 20 players on to professional careers since he has been at the helm.

in 2009, Saint Xavier University won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with a 25-5 mark and advanced to the NAIA Opening Round Tournament finishing second behind only No. 4 ranked and World Series qualifier Berry College (Ga.).  Following the season, Dooley was named the 2009 CCAC Coach of the Year.  In 2006, SXU took the titles for the CCAC, NAIA Region VII Tournament and the NAIA Region VII-VIII Super Regional, which advanced them to the NAIA World Series for the first time since 1988.  Dooley was named the 2006 NAIA Region VII Baseball Coach of the Year as well as the 2006 CCAC Baseball Coach of the Year.

Dooley does not just create success on the baseball field, though; he also creates success in the classroom.  Since he was named head coach, 17 Saint Xavier University baseball players have been named NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes.  As an instructor in the physical education department at SXU, Dooley is committed to teaching and to the values of higher education.

Following the 2002 season, Dooley was honored as the CCAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career after the Cougars finished their conference slate with a 19-3 record and earned the No. 1 seed in the NAIA Region VII Regional Tournament.  In 1999, SXU won the CCAC regular-season championship with a 17-1 record and finished with the best overall regular-season winning percentage in school history at .753 (52-17).  After his second season as head coach (1994), Dooley received the NAIA District 20 and Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year award and was one of eight finalists for the NAIA National Coach of the Year award after his squad won the conference and district championships and finished second at the Great Lakes Regional.

In addition to his duties as head baseball coach at Saint Xavier University, Dooley is also Assistant Athletics Director for Cougar Athletics.  He oversees the seven varsity men's teams at SXU, including the recently formed men's volleyball team.  He also handles Athletics Hall of Fame duties for the University, including all inductions and ceremony preparation.

Dooley earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Lewis University (Ill.) in 1972 and completed his master's degree in physical education at Eastern Illinois University.  He resides with his wife, Barbara, in Palos Heights, Ill. They have one son, Kevin.

Roster for 2012 Baseball Team
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Dan WetzelFRIF/PR/R6-0150Tinley Park, Ill.Providence Catholic
2Tom SimekSR2BR/R5-7160New Lenox, Ill.St. Laurence
6Austin LehmannSRP/SSR/R6-0180Shorewood, Ill.Minooka
7Lucas FritschJRPR/R6-2200Orland Park, Ill.Sandburg
8Andy KovarikFR3B/PR/R6-3205Crystal Lake, Ill.Prairie Ridge
9Adam KoglinSRIFR/R5-11185Henderson, Nev.UNLV/Silverado
10David GunstFRIFR/R5-11170New Palestine, Ind.New Palestine
11Mike PokersJR3BR/R6-2190Lansing, Ill.Andrean
14Tyler PeperFRCFR/L5-10150New Palestine, Ind.New Palestine
18Marcos SotoFRCR/R5-8190Chicago, Ill.Lincoln-Way East
19Brad MyjakSOOFL/R6-1210Tinley Park, Ill.Mount Carmel
20Chris KleinSOOF/PR/R6-1200Huntley, Ill.Huntley
21Jim PipoloSRCR/R6-2225Orland Park, Ill.Sandburg
22Thomas KeatingSO1BR/R6-3215Chicago, Ill.Joliet JC/St. Laurence
24Dan MatonSOPR/R6-3185Plainfield, Ill.Plainfield North
25Bryan VillanovaFRCL/R5-11215Chicago, Ill.St. Laurence
27Michael GaffiganSRPL/L6-4185Orland Park, Ill.Western Carolina/Triton CC/Sandburg
30Mike KlettJRPL/L6-4215Plainfield, Ill.Western Michigan/Plainfield North
31Mike StirlingJRPR/R6-1185Thornton, Ill.Mount Carmel
33Tony O'SheaJRC/OFL/R5-10170Valparaiso, Ind.Mount Carmel
44Scott VachonSOP/DHR/R6-6240Plainfield, Ill.Plainfield North
Mike Dooley Image
Head Coach
20th season
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Assistant Coach
14th season
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8th season
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