Steele resigns as Wichita State pitching coach

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WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE) Wichita State University baseball pitching coach Mike Steele has resigned from his coaching position, head coach Todd Butler announced on Thursday, Jan. 3.

"We are extremely appreciative to Coach Mike Steele and his tremendous contributions to Shocker baseball," Butler said. "We wish Mike nothing but the best in all of his future endeavors. We will begin a search for the next Shocker pitching coach immediately."

Steele recently completed his second season as the program's pitching coach in 2018.

During his two seasons with Wichita State, he helped the Shockers lower their team ERA over two points, going from 5.97 in 2016 to 3.91 last season.

In 2018, he assisted WSU to a 35-21-1 overall record, including a 23-8-1 mark at home and a 25-5 tally in non-conference play.

He coached five pitchers who were drafted in the 2018 MLB Draft, including Codi Heuer and Chandler Sanburn, who were both taken in the first 10 rounds of the draft.

Steele also instructed right-hander Liam Eddy, who was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball last season.

A search for the next Wichita State pitching coach will begin immediately.