Coach Bartman has served as the head baseball coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., for the past two years. He inherited a program with four returning players and a 3-30 record the previous year. Bartman went on to lead the Highlanders to the best two year stretch in over a decade. He increased roster size, lowered pitching staff ERA, and increased playing field safety and aesthetics. Bartman also created youth camps, performed community service and hosted alumni events for baseball players.
"I am very excited to begin my time as the Head Baseball Coach at Bethany College," says Bartman. "There are many positive aspects about Bethany that drew me to Lindsborg including the fine academic reputation, beautiful campus, and chance to work with Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich once again. After being on campus and meeting some of those who are working to move Bethany forward and shared a positive vision for the college, I was hooked. I look forward to building on the recent success of the baseball program while instilling some new ideas that will hopefully move the Swedes to the front of the KCAC as well as the nation."
Before coaching at MacMurray College, Bartman was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. He successfully recruited 14 new players to the team in the first year. His first recruiting class as freshman set program firsts of receiving national poll votes, best start in conference through 12 games, best overall start through 15 games and highest conference finish in 15 years. Bartman played baseball for Lincoln College as a catcher and first baseman and earned his associate of arts degree in May 2003.
Prior to Lincoln College, Bartman was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill., for three years. While at Wabash Valley, Bartman had the opportunity to recruit and coach over a dozen players that signed professional contracts, including current St. Louis Cardinals reliever Keith Butler. He created throwing schedules, created and implemented conditioning programs, called pitches, implemented training aids, and was responsible for daily motivation to achieve goals. In addition, he was the assistant dorm director and intramural director. He organized all aspects of the annual golf outing, managed all camp activities, coordinated recruiting efforts and maintained the team website.
Bartman has also served as the tournament director for Diamond Sports Promotions, Inc., for four years in addition to being asked to speak at various camps and clinics around the country including University of Kentucky, Notre Dame, Indiana State University, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, College Coaches Skills Camps, Purdue University and Top 96.
Bartman earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from MacMurray College and his Master of Science degree in sports management from American Public University.
Bartman is married to the former Nicole Tucker and the couple welcomed their daughter, Kendall Jean, on February 24, 2013. He is a native of New Holland, Ill.