Jason Immekus enters his sixth season as the pitching coach for the Lions after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at Jefferson College, a junior college in St. Louis.
Immekus helped coach three All-MIAA pitchers in 2014 as David Reese earned second-team honors and both Payton Walker and Stephen Vaughn were named honorable mention selections. Reese ranked 14th nationally in strikeout to walk ratio (74 k's - 12 bb's) and he finished second in the MIAA in strikeouts with 74 while led the league in strikeouts looking with 25. He was second in the league with a 2.55 ERA and finished his career ranked second in single-season and career appearances in MSSU history, while ranking fifth in career strikeouts. Vaughn had a record-setting two-year career for the Lions as the team's closer. In 2014, he appeared in 30 games, setting a new single-season record at MSSU. The righty was sixth in the MIAA in saves with six, while posting a 2.88 ERA and a 3-3 record in 40.2 innings pitched. He struck out 37 and walked just 15, limiting opposing hitters to a .188 average. Walker ranked sixth in the MIAA in both strikeouts and ERA. The staff, as a whole, finished the season with an MIAA league-leading 3.86 ERA.
The Lions finished 2013 with a 3.74 team ERA and senior pitcher Cody Griebling was named a first-team All-MIAA selection and a second team All-Region pick after going 9-4 with 74 strikeouts and a 3.19 ERA. David Reese was named honorable mention All-MIAA. Griebling kept his high going as he signed a professional contract to play baseball with the Schaumburg Boomers of the independent Frontier League.
In 2011, Immekus helped newcomers Brett Abell and Cody Griebling to All-MIAA performances on the mound. Abell led the team with an 8-6 record on the mound and ranked second in the MIAA in strikeouts, while leading the MIAA in innings pitched and games started. Griebling was 7-5 and proved to be the Lions top starter down the stretch. He was tied for third in the MIAA in wins and had the MIAA's third-lowest opponent batting average at .240.
In his first season with the Lions, he had three starters earn six wins or more, including CJ Matthews who went 7-5 and signed a professional contract with the Oakland County (Mich.) Cruisers in the Independent Frontier League.
While at Jeffco, Immekus was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Vikings. He helped the program to four-straight conference championships, as the team was nationally ranked in each year, reaching as high as No. 4 nationally. Prior to Jeffco, Immekus served in the same capacity for three years at Crowder College.
Immekus serves as the manager of the Joplin Outlawas and is in his second season in that capacity after serving as the team's pitching coach.
A native of Carthage, Immekus' college baseball playing career began at Independence Community College (Kansas) before transferring to Washburn. An all-conference pitcher in each of his four seasons, Immekus went on to sign a free agent contract with the Richmond Roosters in the independent Frontier League and played there for two seasons. He then spent the following season with the Kalamazoo Kings in the same league.