Stanford D. Hyman
September 26, 1958 - September 5, 2009
University and the Leatherneck baseball program was dealt a tragic blow
when head baseball coach Stan Hyman passed away on Sept. 5, 2009 after a
three month battle with leukemia. Hyman served as the head coach of the
Leathernecks for eight seasons. Under his guidance, the Western
Illinois baseball program soared to new heights. During Hyman’s tenure
at Western the Leathernnecks defeated nationally-ranked opponents such
as Long Beach State, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Texas Tech,
Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan State, Illinois-Chicago, and Oral Roberts
2007, Coach Hyman led Western to its first winning season since 1989.
In addition, the Leathernecks recorded the first winning record on the
road in school history.
The Leathernecks finished in
second-place during the regular season in the Mid-Continent Conference.
2007 saw Hyman bring home his second Mid-Con Coach of the Year award.
Hyman also coached Western’s first Mid-Con Player of the Year since
1990, as Travis Check brought home the honor.
The 2006 campaign
saw Hyman guide Western to a school-record 32 victories, a third
consecutive second-place conference finish, and a runner-up finish in
the Mid-Con tournament. In the championship game of the tournament, the
Leathernecks dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Oral Roberts. The
team garnered national recognition winning 20 of its last 26 games (10
in a row from May 7-25), while they also set 14 team records.
also set a milestone with his 300th career win in the team’s final
victory of the season. The 48-year-old New York native had a flair for
recording memorable wins. Hyman’s 300th win was against Oakland (12-5)
in the Mid-Con Tournament in Tulsa, Okla.
Prior to the 2006
season, Hyman was instrumental in the building of a new baseball stadium
by helping to solicit funding and donors for various parts of the
In 2005, Hyman guided the Leathernecks to 14 conference
wins, the most of any Western team. Hyman also led the Leathernecks to
the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the third straight season.
Western defeated two Big Ten teams in Michigan State (3-0) and Iowa
(4-1), along with Texas Tech (6-1) of the Big 12.
In 2004, the
Leathernecks recorded 29 wins, the most since becoming a Division I
program in 1982. The 2004 season also included several other milestones,
including Western Illinois’ first-ever win over a top-20 opponent, and a
victory against the Big Ten that snapped a 10-year drought.
in 2004, Hyman produced Western’s first player to sign a Major League
Baseball contract since 1994. The Mid-Con’s 2003 Newcomer of the Year,
Blake Schultz, became the first Leatherneck to go pro since Rick Short
(Baltimore Orioles) and Jason Walker (Colorado Rockies) signed pro
contracts in 1994. Schultz signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in June.
the 2003 season, Western doubled its win total from the previous
season, winning 25 games for the first time since 1985, finishing third
in the conference, and reaching the playoffs for the first time in three
In his first season at Western, 2002, Hyman guided the
Leathernecks to two of college baseball’s biggest upsets, against Big 12
teams Kansas State and Missouri.
In his last season at the
Division III level, Hyman led Rutgers University at Newark to a
12th-place national ranking. His 2001 Rutgers-Newark team posted the
longest winning streak in any NCAA division after starting the season
with 17 consecutive victories, and defeated defending Division III
national champion Montclair State.
Prior to his three years at
Rutgers-Newark, Hyman became the all-time winningest coach at Albright
(Penn.) College, recording a 116-59-1 (.662) mark from 1994-98.
of Hyman’s former players have been drafted professionally or have
signed free agent contracts, including two third-round picks in the
Major League Baseball draft.
Three times in his 15-year head
coaching tenure Hyman was selected as coach of the year. Hyman came to
Western as the 39th winningest active coach in NCAA Division III, with
an overall record of 178-106-1 (.624).
Prior to his coaching
career, Hyman was a press agent from 1982-85, representing professional
athletes such as boxer Roberto Duran and football great Bubba Smith. As
president of the Los Angeles-based Hyman & Associates, he also
represented recording artists, including Al Jarreau and Kim Carnes.
former sportswriter and music columnist, Hyman’s work appeared in such
publications as Rolling Stone, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe,
Chicago Sun-Times, Interview, and Dallas Morning News. Hyman is survived
by his wife Robin, his daughter (Cara) and two sons (Mychal and
January 19, 1989 - May 4, 2010
Devin VanBrooker (Plymouth, Ill./Southeastern HS/College of Lake County), a
member of the Western Illinois University baseball team, died from injuries
sustained in a motorcycle accident Tuesday night (May 4) in Macomb.
VanBrooker was 21 years old.
Born on January 19, 1989, VanBrooker was the son of Daniel
and Susan VanBrooker, with one brother, Tony. He signed with the Fighting
Leathernecks baseball team last summer after playing his first two years at the
College of Lake County.
2009 (Junior): Appeared
in 11 games and made nine starts... all but one start came during
weekend series... recorded 40 strikeouts and walked just 12 batters in
54.2 innings... ranked 33rd nationally in walks per nine innings in
early April... picked up the win against NDSU on April 10 (7.2 IP, 8 H, 3
R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO) and set career highs in innings pitched and
strikeouts in the performance... went 3-4 with an 8.07 ERA on the
season... five of his nine starts lasted at least six innings... struck
out five or more batters on five separate ocassions.
AT COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY: Appeared in 19
games... finished 11-3 with a 2.07 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 91.0 innings... allowed
just 82 hits while walking only 14 batters in two seasons... posted a 1.07 ERA in
2009, the top mark among Division II Junior College pitchers and the fourth
best at any level.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a 2007 all-state selection.
PERSONAL: Son of Susan and Daniel VanBrooker...
born Jan. 19, 1989.
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