Justin Hauer enters his first season as the pitching coach for the Heartland Community College Baseball program.
Hauer comes to HCC from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois, where he served as the Braves pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for 2013-14.
Prior to his time with the Braves, Hauer spent the previous year at Illinois State University as the undergraduate assistant for Head Coach Mark Kingston. Hauer’s assigned duties while at ISU were to assist Pitching Coach Billy Mohl.
As a player, Hauer played collegiately at ISU during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In both years, he led the Redbird pitching staff in appearances while earning All-Missouri Valley Conference Honors. In 2011, Hauer appeared in 28 games going 3-0, all in relief, while posting an impressive 1.41 earned run average (ERA). He struck out 41 batter while only allowing 10 walks, and limited opponents to a .203 batting average (B/AVG) against him (24 hits). In 2012, Hauer continued his bullpen duties as the set-up man appearing in 32 games, which still stands as the single season record for the Redbirds. In those 32 appearances, Hauer went 3-1, posting a 2.88 ERA, and struck out 35 batters while only walking 13, and limited opponents to a .193 B/AVG (27 hits).
Before playing at Illinois State, Hauer played two years at Black Hawk College for Head Coach Arnie Chavera in 2009 and 2010. In both seasons, he served as a starting pitcher and second baseman, and was named team captain in 2010. During that season, Hauer earned second team All-Region 4 honors as a starting pitcher posting a 9-1 record with a 3.33 ERA. He was named the All-Arrowhead Conference Most Valuable Player, the team MVP, and was awarded the 3D Award which represents desire, dedication, and discipline to the program.
As a prep star, Hauer was a two-time All-Conference award winner for Alleman High School (IL). In 2008, he was awarded honorable mention All-State honors.
The Rock Island, Illinois native graduated from Black Hawk College (Moline, IL) in 2010 with an Associate of Arts Degree and also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Illinois State in 2013.
Justin has two siblings, Jeremy and Jared. His older brother Jeremy played collegiately at Indian Hills Community College (Centerville, IA), and then Creighton University (Omaha, NE). Jeremy then continued his baseball career for two seasons of independent professional baseball. His younger brother Jared chose to play college football. Jared continued his football career at Harper College (Palatine, IL) for two seasons and then transferred to play at Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL).
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