Ted Mahan enters his 10th season as the Spartans head coach and his 14th season with Michigan State after serving four years (1992-1995) as an assistant coach.
The Davison, Mich., native continues to coach winning teams at MSU as three of his last four Spartan teams have produced winning seasons. Last season, Mahan coached four players to All-Big Ten honors and had one player receive second-team All-Mideast Region honors. His 2004 squad posted 33 victories, finished in a tie for third place in the Big Ten, and won a game at the Big Ten Tournament.
During Mahan's tenure, over 55 Michigan State players have signed professional baseball contracts, as eight have gone on to careers in the Major Leagues. He has coached four Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans (Sean Walker- 2004, Tim Day- 2002, Bryan Gale, 2001 and Bob Malek- 2000) over the past five seasons at MSU.
Before coming to MSU, Mahan served as an assistant coach at Michigan from 1988-91 and was a graduate assistant for the Wolverines from 1987-88. While at Michigan, he helped the Wolverines to an overall mark of 164-82-1, including NCAA Tournament berths in 1988 and 1989.
Mahan is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association. He was a member of the Junior Olympic North team selection committee from 1987-91.
Before beginning his collegiate coaching career, Mahan was the head coach at Davison High School (1983-87) where he led the program to three conference crowns (1983, `85, `86), one district title (1985), and an overall record of 127-56. He was also the head coach of the Grossi Connie Mack Baseball Club in Flint (1981-87) where he compiled an impressive record of 257-98. Over 100 players from his Grossi teams went on to play in the college ranks while seven signed professional contracts.
Mahan has not only known success as a coach, but also as a player. Mahan earned four varsity letters at Michigan (1974-77) as a catcher playing under Moby Benedict. He helped the Wolverines to capture two Big Ten titles in 1975 and 1976, and three NCAA Tournament appearances in '75, '76, and '77. Mahan was honored in postseason play when he earned a spot on the NCAA All-Mideast Region Team in 1975. He also received third-team All-Big Ten honors three times and shared the 1977 Michigan MVP Award with Rick Leach.
Mahan, 49, earned his bachelor's degree in education from Michigan in 1977 and obtained his master's degree in American culture from UM in 1991. He and his wife, Jayne, reside in Okemos with their son, Drew (19) and daughter, Jillian (13). Mahan's brother, George, was a pitcher for MSU from 1975-76 and played professionally for the Cleveland Indians.