Aaron Meade enters his second year with the Pittsburg State University baseball program. He begins his first season as the program’s Recruiting Coordinator and Dugout Coach, after assisting with pitchers in 2016.
Meade came to Pitt State after one season as an assistant coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., where he helped the Cardinals to 38 wins and the program’s first NCAA Regional berth in 2015.
Prior to his coaching stint at Jewell, Meade served one season as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Missouri State University, in 2014. He helped the Bears reach the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Tournament that year.
In the summer of 2014, Meade served as pitching coach for the Morehead City Marlins Coastal Plain League baseball team in Morehead City, N.C.
The Kansas City, Mo., native pitched three seasons at Missouri State (2008-10) before being selected in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the California Angels.
Meade earned first-team All-MVC honors as a sophomore in 2009, posting a 9-2 record with a 3.39 ERA. He received an All-Star nod in the Cape Cod League that summer for the Harwich Mariners. Meade was a two-time All-MVC performer for the Bears (2009-10).
Meade was one of the Angels’ top minor league pitching prospects in a pitching rich organization. In 2010, he was the Angels’ instructional league pitcher of the year. Meade spent 2012 pitching in the Midwest League for the Angels’ A ball affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and finished with a call-up to the Angels’ High A affiliate, the San Bernardino 66’ers.
Meade earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality and restaurant administration from Missouri State in December 2014.
Assistant Coach (Pitching)
Jason Immekus begins his first season as an assistant baseball coach at Pittsburg State University. Immekus will serve as the Gorillas’ pitching coach. He joins the Pitt State staff after working for the Major League Scouting Bureau.
Prior to working for the Scouting Bureau, Immekus served six seasons as the pitching coach at MIAA rival Missouri Southern State University (2010-15).
During his tenure at MSSU, he coached an MIAA Pitcher of the Year and six All-MIAA players. His pitching staffs were among the top 3 in the MIAA four of those years, including leading the league in pitching back-to-back seasons in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to his time in Joplin, Immekus was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Jefferson College Vikings for four years. 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.
Immekus began his coaching career at Crowder College in 2000 where he served under Andy Summers for three years as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Immekus has also spent a nine summers coaching in some of the country’s premier collegiate summer leagues. He spent two years with the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League. There he helped guide the Mallards to a South Division title in 2009 and was selected as the pitching coach for the South Division in the NWL All Star game. He also spent four years in the Coastal Plains League (New Bern, N.C. and Wilson N.C.) as a pitching coach. Immekus was also the manager of the Joplin Outlaws of the MINK league where he managed the team that set a team record for wins and qualified for the NBC tournament for the first time in the organization's history.
Throughout his sixteen-year coaching career he has coached twenty five pitchers who have reached the professional level, including seven who have reached the Major League. Tom Koehler (Miami Marlins), Adam Warren (New York Yankees), Chad Girardo (Toronto Blue Jays), Matt Stites (Arizona Diamondbacks), Danny Burawa (New York Yankees), J.R. Graham (Minnesota Twins) and Jacob Esch (Miami Marlins).
A native of Carthage, Mo., Immekus' college baseball playing career began at Independence Community College before transferring to Washburn University. An all-conference pitcher in each of his four seasons, Immekus went on to sign a free agent contract with the Richmond Roosters of the independent Frontier League and played there for two seasons. He then spent the following season with the Kalamazoo Kings in the same league. He was recently inducted to the Crowder College baseball hall of fame.
Immekus resides in Joplin with his fiancé Kathleen Corbett and her two children Cassie and Kirk.