Mark DeMichael
Mark DeMichael
Achievement Award

After graduating from ENC in 1988, Mark DeMichael moved to San Bernardino, CA, where he taught physical education and coached baseball. He returned to ENC in 1994 with his wife, Kim (Cubie, 85) DeMichael, to join the ENC faculty. Serving as ENC’s baseball coach for three years, he was named CCC Coach of the Year twice and led the Crusaders to their first-ever conference championship game in 1997.

Mark was hired as the baseball coach of Indiana Wesleyan University’s Wildcats in 1997. During his 11 years as head coach, the Wildcats advanced to seven NCCAA World Series, finishing third on three separate occasions, and runner-up for the National Championship in 2008. Three of Mark’s players signed professionally, including current Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy.

In 2008, Mark became IWU’s first full-time athletic director. His five years in that position have seen a renewed emphasis on athletics as a tool for bringing Christ to the world. Implementation of this mission has included starting a Student Athlete Commissioning Service, an annual Student Athlete Leadership Summit, and an Athletic Department Sports Mission Trip to Auckland, New Zealand.

Under Mark’s leadership, IWU Athletics has become one of the premier Christian college athletic departments in the nation. IWU Athletics has won the Conference All-Sports Trophy and finished in the top 25 of the National Director’s Cup standings out of 290 NAIA athletic programs in all five years of Mark’s athletic directorship. In 2012, Mark was named the NAIA MCC Athletic Director of the Year.

Mark lives in Marion, IN with his wife Kim, who is the director of secondary education at IWU, and daughters Ashley and Kasey.