Coaching Staff

Baseball Head Coach Kip McWilliams
Kip McWilliams
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Office Phone: (260) 422-5561 x2313
Cell Phone: (260) 602-3795

Get to know Coach McWilliams

In July of 2007, Indiana Tech announced Kip McWilliams as the Head Baseball Coach. Kip is entering his seventh season as head coach at Indiana Tech. Coach McWilliams has an overall record of 204-143, with six appearances in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship game and NAIA National Tournament. After winning the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 WHAC Tournament Championships the Warriors received an automatic bid to the Opening Round of Nationals.

Yearly Breakdown

  • 2008 - 29-29, .500, WHAC Runner-up, Region VIII Appearance
  • 2009 - 31-26, .556, WHAC Tournament Champions, 4th Place Opening Round (Cleveland, TN)
  • 2010 - 34-28, .548, WHAC Tournament Champions, 4th Place Opening Round (Columbus, GA)
  • 2011 - 37-20, .633, WHAC Tournament Champions, Runner-up Opening Round (Cleveland, TN)
  • 2012 - 40-22, .645, WHAC Regular Season Champions, 3rd Place Opening Round (Kingsport, TN)
  • 2013 - 33-18, .647, WHAC Tournament Champions, 3rd Place Opening Round (Montgomery, Ala.)

Coach McWilliams has been very fortunate to coach wonderful athletes at Indiana Tech. In his five seasons, Indiana Tech has produced 19 WHAC All-Conference players, as well as two WHAC Player's of the Year (Will Richards and Justin Medeiros), one WHAC Pitcher of the Year (Brandon Alger), 21 WHAC Honorable Mention All-Conference, 11 WHAC Gold Glove athletes, and 23 WHAC Players of the Week. Nationally in the past four seasons the Warriors have had one All-Region, two Honorable Mention All-Americans, one Pre-Season All-American, and one NAIA National Player of the Week.

What McWilliams is most proud of is the academic excellence his athletes produce in the classroom. In five seasons, the Warrior baseball teams have had 59 WHAC All-Academic players and 23 NAIA All-America Scholar Athletes. The 2012 team produced a team grade point average of 3.05. The 2010, 2011, and 2012 teams have achieved NAIA Scholar-Team status recognized by the NAIA

Being born and raised in Bloomington, Ind., McWilliams was a two sport athlete at Bloomington South High School in baseball and football. Even though he was an All-State football player, his love was in the game of baseball.

After graduation, McWilliams played football and baseball at Franklin College for two seasons. Transferring to IUPUI gave him the opportunity to coach at the Division I level for two seasons. During his stint at IUPUI he was in charge recruiting and working with the catchers. For eight seasons, Coach McWilliams was the assistant coach for Marian University. During his stint at Marian, the Knights tallied 230 victories and 170 losses. Marian won five Mid-Central College Conference titles, as well had six Regional appearances.

Coach McWilliams has his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Indiana University. Kip and his wife, formerly Melissa Fadley from Upper Sandusky, Ohio are newlyweds and reside in Fort Wayne.

Assistant Coaches

J.T. Thompson

Assistant Coach
Phone: (260) 422-5561 x2313

J.T. Thompson is entering his first year as an assistant coach for the Indiana Tech baseball program.

A native of Clayton, Ohio, Thompson was a four-year starter at Wittenberg University (Ohio), serving as a team captain his senior season. Playing shortstop and outfield, Thompson batted .302 during the 2009 season with two home runs, 20 runs scored and 20 RBIs.

Prior to coming to Indiana Tech, Thompson was a graduate assistant at Union College where he was the head JV coach, first base coach for the Varsity team and the Varsity outfield and hitting coach. During his three seasons at Union, the Bulldogs went 122-51 while winning the 2011 AAC Conference Crown.

Thompson also served as the head coach for the Northmont High School varsity summer baseball program in Clayton, Ohio from 2005-08. During the three-year span at the helm, Thompson posted an 83-18 record and won the 2009 State ACME Championship.

Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Accounting from Wittenberg in 2009 and earned a Master's in Education from Union College in 2012

Brandon Paletta

Assistant Coach
Phone: (260) 422-5561 x2313

Brandon Paletta is entering his second year as a graduate assistant coach for the Indiana Tech baseball program.

In his two seasons with the Warriors, Paletta played in 103 games and had a career batting average of .291. In 2012, he was among the team leaders with a .303 average and finished the season with 38 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, and 30 RBI. Paletta also earned a WHAC Gold Glove award for his outstanding defensive play.

In addition to his success on the field, Paletta excelled in the classroom earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors as well as a WHAC All-Academic Team selection. He was also inducted into NCAHS Chi Alpha Sigma.

Paletta, a native of Dallas, Texas, obtained his Bachelor's in Business Administration-Management and is currently pursuing a Master's in Marketing and Human Resources.

Gordon Turner

Assistant Coach
Phone: (260) 422-5561 x2313

Gordon Turner is entering his fifth year as an assistant coach for the Indiana Tech baseball program.

Turner played for the Warriors in 2009 as a shortstop and hit .667. Injuries cut his playing days short and he has moved to coaching for Tech, heading the JV team for the past three seasons with a 35-33 record. He assists with infielders and hitters.

Turner received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana Tech in 2012.

Reinaldo Scott

Assistant Coach
Phone: (260) 422-5561 x2313

Reinald Scott is entering his first year as an assistant coach for the Indiana Tech baseball program.

During his two-year career (2011-12) with the Warriors, Scott hit .237 in 85 games, scoring 58 runs and driving in 35 with five doubles, four triples and four home runs. Scott was 9-for-14 on the bases and have a career .945 fielding percentage in 148 chances.

Eric Wald

Assistant Coach
Phone: (260) 422-5561 x2313

Eric Wald is entering his first year as an assistant coach for the Indiana Tech baseball program.

During his two-year career with the Warriors, Wald hit .291 in 110 games. Wald scored 69 runs and drove in 80 runs in his two years while hitting 19 doubles, three triples and nine home runs. He finished his career with a .437 slugging percentage and was 9-for-10 on the base paths.

In 2012, Wald was a WHAC Gold Glove recipient and First Team All-Conference performer.

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