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Image of head men's baseball coach Terry Edwards.Terry Edwards
Head Baseball Coach

Coach Edwards enters his sixth season as head coach of the University's Cardinal baseball program.

Edwards, 56, has spent the last 25 years as a teacher and coach at Wheeling Central Catholic High School. As head baseball coach since 1984, his teams have won over 325 games. He has been recognized by the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club (1999), named conference baseball coach of the year twice (1988 & 1998), and honored as OVAC Coach of the Year in 2000. The Central baseball programs have won 11 sectional titles in addition to 8 regional championships. Coach Edwards’s teams have played in the WV State tournament on 8 occasions including 4 of the last 5 years for the championship. The “Knights” finished runner-up twice (1998 & 2003). Highlighting the program were back-to-back state championships in 1999 & 2000.

In addition to his head coaching duties, Edwards serves as assistant athletic director. Edwards is actively involved in the Wheeling community, having directed or worked numerous baseball camps and clinics as well as served as a board member for the OVAC baseball committee and American Legion Baseball Association.

Edwards received his bachelor’s degree from West Liberty State College in 1976. He resides in Wheeling with his wife Chrystal, and their two sons, Justin (26), and Josh (20).

Image of Brian Dennison.Brian Dennison
Assistant Baseball Coach

 

Brian Dennison is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Cardinals.

Dennison joined the Cardinal baseball program shortly after the team’s inception and has been instrumental in helping to build the program from the ground up.  On the field, he is an infield and hitting instructor, as well as first base coach.  His off-field duties include performing the bulk of the administrative work for the program, including making travel and meal arrangements and obtaining and maintaining scouting reports of Wheeling Jesuit opponents.

Before joining the coaching staff at WJU, Dennison played collegiately at West Liberty State College, where he garnered starting time at both third base and second base during his four seasons with the Hilltoppers.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Liberty in 2004 with a dual major of business management and sports management.  Following his graduation, he began his post-playing career by helping out with the 2005 West Liberty baseball team.

 

Image of Greg Bamberger.Greg Bamberger
Assistant Baseball Coach

Coach Bamberger enters his sixth year as pitching coach for the Cardinal baseball program.

Image of Lucas Taylor.Lucas Taylor
Assistant Baseball Coach

Lucas Taylor joins the WJU coaching staff as a graduate assistant for the 2010-11 season. 

Taylor attended Potomac St College, Davis and Elkins College, and graduated from Shepherd University.  Between the three schools he played four years of collegiate baseball. 

After his college career, Lucas played seven years of minor league baseball for various independent league teams in the Atlantic, Frontier, and Can-Am leagues.  His primary responsibilities will be with the Cardinal outfielders, along with assisting with hitting and base running.  He will also help out with the day to day operations of the WJU program.

Image of Keith Pealer.Keith Pealer
Assistant Baseball Coach

Joining the Cardinals for the 2010-2011 season is Graduate Assistant Keith Pealer.

Keith Pealer is a 2005 graduate of West Liberty State College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Twenty years personnel playing experience from northeastern Ohio, Great South League, and WVIAC drive him for excellence.  While achieving his degree he was an active player during the 2000-2005 collegiate seasons under Coach McConnaughy of the WVIAC.

Coach Pealer will be working offensive strategy, base running, and individual player development with infielders.  His season goal is to have the Cardinal’s reach post season play for the first time in program history.


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