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Jon Martin was appointed the 22nd head coach in Bates baseball history on August 24, 2016. In his first season at the helm of the Bates baseball team, he led the Bobcats to their third-ever appearance in the four-team NESCAC Tournament, and a 16-18 overall record. He followed that up with another appearance in the NESCAC Tournament in 2018.
The all-time winningest baseball coach in Vassar's history, Martin brings a wealth of experience and expertise and a reputation as an outstanding recruiter to the position.
Promoted from a two-year stint as assistant coach at Vassar, Martin elevated the Brewers from a 3-9 conference record in 2005 to their first-ever appearances in the Liberty League Tournament and first-ever postseason victories in 2013 and 2014, including a 19-14 overall record and 13-7 league record in 2014. Over 12 seasons he coached 12 All-New York Region and 40 All-Liberty League selections, including one Liberty League Player of the Year and one Liberty League Pitcher of the Year.
"I am excited and honored to become the next head baseball coach at Bates College," Martin said upon his hiring. "After visiting campus and meeting the people at Bates, I felt this would be a great place for me to work with first-class student-athletes and be a part of a thriving athletics department. There is a solid foundation for baseball at Bates and I look to continue pushing this program to compete in New England and the NESCAC. We will play the game with intensity and focus, and always strive to put the best product on the field each day."
At Vassar, Martin expanded the program's database to a national level, covering 50 states. He also helped design and facilitate construction of an on-campus baseball training facility in 2007. Martin has additionally served as athletic facilities coordinator at Vassar since 2008.
Martin has also coached teams representing the United States over multiple years. With USA Athletes International, he led U.S. teams that competed in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain and Japan. With Planet Baseball, he was an assistant coach for a U.S. team that played tournaments in Germany and Puerto Rico. From 2004 to 2005, he was an assistant coach in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with the Mill City All-Americans in Lowell, Massachusetts, coaching 11 players who were selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. On an annual basis, he has served as an instructor at numerous summer baseball camps at such institutions as Tufts, Davidson, Brown and Columbia.
Martin has also been involved in the sport as the American Baseball Coaches Association's Division III Executive Committee from 2009 to 2015, as well as the NCAA Division III Baseball Committee's New York Region Chair since 2014.
Martin earned a bachelor's degree in health and movement science in 2001 from Lynchburg College, where he was named the baseball team's one-time captain and pitcher of the year. After graduation, he began his coaching career as an assistant at Lynchburg while working toward a master's degree in educational leadership, which he earned in 2003.
While at Vassar, Martin was also involved in local service organizations such as the American Heart Association and Habitat For Humanity.
"I look forward to meeting everyone from colleagues to students," he said. "I really feel like the campus community is a great place to be involved and I can't wait to start the next chapter of my career at Bates.
Tony Deshler enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Bates baseball program in 2019. He previously served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Elmira College from 2014-2016 where he earned his Master's Degree in General Education.
As the first assistant baseball coach in Elmira College's history, Deshler organized and maintained a national recruiting database while also running the school's youth baseball camps. Deshler monitored both the academic and athletic progress of the Elmira baseball players. He helped the school double its win total in the second year of the program's history.
For the past three summers, Deshler has served as the head coach of the Murells Inlet Longboards of the Beach Collegiate Baseball League. For the Longboards he recruits talent from all across the country and oversees all baseball operations.
Prior to joining Elmira College, Deshler served as an assistant baseball coach at MIT from 2012-2014. He traveled the country for MIT recruiting student athletes and organized and help run all practices. Deshler helped lead MIT to its first ever NEWMAC title and back-to-back NCAA regional appearances.
Deshler is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and a Minor in Business. He served as the baseball team's captain his senior year.
Jeff Benson enters his eighth season as an assistant coach in the Bates College baseball program in 2019, working with the team’s outfielders and hitters.
A 1979 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Benson played baseball for the Beavers. He served as an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s College of Maine from 1987-90 and worked as an umpire through Maine’s chapter of the Collegiate Baseball Umpires Assigning Organization for 15 years.
The former athletic director at Oxford Hills and Edward Little High Schools, Benson resides in Auburn with his wife Jody.