Michael Yeager

Assistant Baseball Coach
4th Year

Following a stellar playing career at Johnson County Community College and Missouri Western State University, Michael Yeager enters his fourth season as an assistant coach to the Cavaliers baseball program.

Last year, the Cavaliers finished 38-23, tied for third in the conference and reached the semifinals of the Region VI Tournament. Johnson County also finished among the top hitting teams in the conference and NJCAA. The team led the conference and ranked ninth nationally with 506 RBIs. The also ranked second and eighth respectively with 665 hits, sixth and 28th with 119 doubles, fifth and ninth with 33 triples, fourth and 19th with 78 home runs, second and ninth with 550 runs and fourth and 21st with a team batting average of .340. The 506 total RBIs and 550 runs scored are a new team record, and their totals for hits and home runs are second-most in team history. Yeager also assisted in coaching third-team All-American and first-team all-region and all-conference first-baseman Malik Williams, and four other all-conference performers.

His first season on staff, the Cavaliers finished 46-19 overall and appeared in the NJCAA national ranking is six of the seven polls. The Cavaliers were again among the top hitting team nationally. Johnson County ranked 17th in hits, 21st in doubles and 27th in home runs. Additionally, 10 players received All-East Jayhawk Conference recognition.

Off the field, JCCC has produced one of, if not the, highest team grade point average in the athletic department. Last year, 81 percent posted a grade points of 3.0 or better, and a total of 13 players have been recognized by the NJCAA for academic success during his two seasons on staff.

In his two seasons as a player at Johnson County, Yeager split time behind the plate and at first base.  He was a .357 hitter over his career (82-for-230) with nine doubles, a triple, 40 runs and 34 RBI. He recorded 24 multiple-hit games and eight multiple-RBI games.

His freshman campaign in 2012, Yeager garnered All-East Jayhawk Conference honorable mention honors at first bast after hitting .417 (43-for-103). He also had four doubles, scored 26 times and drove in 14. His 11 multi-hit and five multi-RBI games ranked second on the team. The following season Yeager batted .307 (39-for-127) with five doubles, a triple, 14 runs and 20 RBI. He ranked second on the squad in average, RBI and multiple-hit games.

Yeager continued his playing career at Missouri Western State University. As a junior, he played in 14 games, six as a starer. He made 24 plate appearances and collected two hits, including a home run, and four RBI.

Yeager became a regular in the lineup his senior year, making 33 starts. He hit .270 (24-for-89) with two doubles, two homers, 19 runs and 12 RBI. He had multiple-hit games, including three hits against Nebraska-Kearny (4-11-15). A week earlier, Yeager belted a three run home run against Truman State (4-7-15). He also posted a fielding percentage of .995, committing just one error in 187 fielding chances.

Yeager played his prep baseball at Staley High School, in Kansas City, Mo. He was a three-time letter winner for coach Dave Wilson. Yeager twice was selected by the Missouri High School Baseball coaches Association as a Class 4 All-State performer. He earned second-team as a junior and first-team accolades his senior year. He also garnered second-team All-State by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association his senior year.

Yeager also was a three-time Small Suburban Six conference performers and twice named All-Northland. His senior year, Yeager was selected second-team All-Metro by the Kansas City Star and was selected to the Missouri All-Star team for the MO-Kan All-Star Games in 2011.  In his high school career, Yeager collected 94 hits, including 22 doubles, and drove in 68 runs.

Yeager’s older brother, Mitchell, also played and coached at Johnson County.