Lincoln Trail College : Coaching Staff

Kevin Bowers-Head Coach

   This is Coach Bowers 3rd year as Head Coach and 11th year overall at LTC. Bowers had previously served as pitching coach and Associate Head Coach. In that time the Statesmen have never had an ERA above 3.65. The 2007 staff allowed a stingy 3.17 earned runs a game in route to the GRAC and Region XXIV championships. The 2009 staff had an overall era of 3.19 including a conference era of 2.69. He has coached two Conference Pitchers of the Year, 12 ALL-Conference pitchers, placing 3 of those on the NJCAA All Region Teams. The 2009 staff included the POY and 2 members on the NJCAA All Region Team.

    Coach Bowers also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Statesmen. In that time he has quickly established himself as one of the finer recruiters in the Midwest, seeing his classes achieve success both on and off the field.

    Since 2003, Bowers has had over 85 of his recruits moving on to NCAA D-1 institutions, seeing 9 sign professional contracts and 2 named NJCAA-All Americans. These recruiting classes have won 2 NJCAA Region XXIV Titles and two GRAC titles.

    In the classroom these teams have never gotten below a 3.0 team GPA, and the 2006 team was named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. On four other occasions teams have been on the top 15 in the nation in team GPA.

    Previously he spent 2 years at UW-Platteville where he served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. The 2001-02 Platteville team established school records in hits, runs, rbi's and doubles, while posting its best record in 10 years.

    Coach Bowers graduated from UW-Parkside and was an assistant there for 5 years before moving on to Indiana State for the 1999-2000 season. In 2001 he received a Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Phone: 618-544-5299 x-1208
Fax: 618-544-5937

Max Hutson-Assistant Coach

The 2012-2013 season will be Pitching Coach Max Hutson’s first year at Lincoln Trail. Hutson will coordinate the pitching staff for the Statesmen. He will also assume recruiting duties and oversee the strength and conditioning and academic programs.
Hutson returns to the area coming from Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas. Hutson was hired in January 2012 as the Recruiting Coordinator and Pitching Coach for the Larks.
Previously, Hutson spent his time on the bench at Indiana State University assisting Pitching Coach Tyler Herbst. While working at Indiana State, Hutson helped coach six professional ballplayers, four of them pitchers.
Hutson has had had two stints in summer college baseball, one in 2009 and the other in 2012. In 2009 Hutson was the Pitching Coach for the Wichita Sluggers of the Walter Johnson League. He helped lead the Sluggers to a National Baseball Congress World Series appearance. Hutson was the Pitching Coach for the Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Hutson guided the Mohawks pitching staff to best league marks in wins, ERA, and strikeouts, while having league low marks in base on balls and hits.
As a player, Hutson was a part of a very successful run in Wichita State University history. From 2005-2009, the Shockers made a regional every year, hosted a regional in 2007, and a super regional in 2007, and went to one more super regional in 2008. The Shockers won the regular season Missouri Valley title in 2007 and 2008 while winning the conference tournament in 2005, 2008, and 2009. Hutson played with current Major Leaguers Mike Pelfrey of the New York Mets and Andy Dirks of the Detroit Tigers.
Hutson earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Wichita State University in 2009. Hutson also earned his Master’s of Science in Recreation and Sports Management from Indiana State University in 2011.
A native of Terre Haute, IN, Hutson is the son of Kevin and Susan and has one sibling, Kylie, who is a professional women’s Pole Vauter for Nike. She was the outdoor USA Track and Field Women’s Pole Vault Champion in 2011.
618-544-5299 x 1201

Bob Boyll-Assistant Coach

Dick Bollinger- Assistant Coach

Forever a Statesmen--Coach Bollinger passed away in the fall of 2011 but his memory and impact on the LTC baseball family will be here forever. Coach B has served as the manager of the Robinson, IL Legion program since 1983. Dick had seen many of his players go on to play college ball, and provided a wealth of experience for both the coaching staff and players. BOO YAH!!!!