Head Assistant Coach
Cory Bigler enters his 16th season as an assistant at his alma mater. Bigler serves as Milwaukee’s head assistant coach as well as pitching coach. He also assists with recruiting.
Bigler saw his staff lead the Horizon League in strikeouts in 2018, finishing just off the school record with 436. He helped Austin Schulfer get drafted in the 19th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, following a season in which Schulfer broke the career record for strikeouts and also set a new game mark with 15 K's against Northern Kentucky in April.
Bigler added another First-Team All-Horizon League selection to his resume in 2017, with Jay Peters finishing second in the league in strikeouts, innings pitched and victories, while also becoming the first UWM hurler in program history to throw four complete games in a row. In addition, the staff broke the school record for most strikeouts in a game, recoding 17 against Oakland April 23.
Bigler mentored the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year in 2016, with Brian Keller becoming the first-ever Panther to win 10 games in a season while also setting season and career records for strikeouts and innings pitched. The staff reset the season strikeout record for the second year in a row, tied the all-time mark for shutouts and posted the second-most saves in program history. Keller went on to be selected by the New York Yankees in the MLB Draft.
The 2015 season saw a pair of pitchers selected as First-Team All-Horizon League members, marking a first-ever for the Milwaukee program. The team earned run average of 3.93 was just the second sub-4.00 mark and finished second all-time. In fact, each of the top four ERA season marks have come in the past six years. In addition to Justin Langley and Joe Pavlovich earning first-team honors, Langley was selected by the Miami Marlins in the MLB Draft and the program witnessed its first no-hitter in school history.
The 2013 campaign continued a recent trend, as the team was second in the Horizon League in ERA (first in league-only games), making the past three seasons the top three-lowest ERA’s in UWM program history. Bigler mentored the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year in Jake Long, who led the league in victories and also in ERA at 1.73 - the lowest in the league by over a run and the lowest ERA by a starter in program history.
Following the season, Josh Uhen was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth round, making him the highest-drafted player in program history and the fourth UWM pitcher to be taken in the MLB Draft in the past three years.
The pitching staff continued its dominance in 2012, setting a program record for the second-straight year in the ERA category, with the 3.73 ERA bettering the previous mark by nearly half a run. The staff had the top two leaders in strikeouts and three of the top seven in ERA, with first-team all-league selection Cale Tassi leading the Horizon League at 2.74 - the second-lowest for a starter in program history. In addition, two players - Jordan Guth (Philadelphia Phillies; ninth round) and Eric Semmelhack (Milwaukee Brewers; 12th round) - were selected in the 2012 MLB Draft with Kaleb Engelke also signing a professional contract.
Milwaukee finished second in the league in ERA and was first in strikeouts in 2011, with Chad Pierce earning Horizon League Pitcher of the Year honors. He went on to be selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2011 MLB Draft. It was a record-breaking season overall for the staff, as the team ERA was the lowest in program history to that point. The strikeout total broke the school record, as did the six shutouts that were thrown in 2011. In addition, the .258 opponent average was the second-lowest in team history, just off the program record of .256.
The Panthers led the Horizon League in ERA in 2010 and went 4-1 in the league tournament, riding strong pitching to the championship. The team recorded a 2.66 ERA in the five games, limiting opponents to just a .247 batting average.
In 2007, Robert Michalkiewicz earned second team all-league honors, leading the conference in shutouts and complete games while setting UWM records for career games started, innings pitched and with his streak of 22.1 consecutive scoreless innings. The staff also posted the first one-hitter since April 2003.
Rick Cavaiani recorded the best winning percentage in school history in 2006, going 8-2 with seven-consecutive wins at one point in earning all-league honors. Jed Dolske finished with a 2.33 ERA and seven saves, setting the school record for career saves while becoming just the second-ever Panther to pitch in more than 100 games. Aaron Sorenson earned Horizon League Newcomer of the Year honors in 2005. The junior hurler tied the school record with nine victories and also tied school records for strikeouts in a game with 13 against Butler and consecutive wins in one season with seven straight.
A three-year letterwinner from 1993-95, Bigler transferred to Milwaukee from UW-Oshkosh, where he played in 1992. At UWM, the righthander posted an 11-8 record, pitching 136.0 innings in 21 starts. Bigler’s best season came in 1994 when he posted a staff-best 4.26 ERA to go along with a team-high 47 strikeouts. Following that season, Bigler was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Bigler played two seasons of professional baseball.
In addition to his credentials as a pitching coach, Bigler has also served as the coordinator and instructor of the Bigler Baseball Summer Camps each of the last 10 years. The Bigler Summer Camps feature instruction on all aspects of the game.
Bigler and his wife, Marci, reside in Brookfield with their three children: daughters Emery and Peyton, and son Brooks.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Shaun Wegner was named the assistant coach for the Milwaukee baseball team in August of 2017.
“After an extensive search for an assistant coach, we were fortunate to be able to bring Shaun back home,” head coach Scott Doffek said. “Since leaving Milwaukee, he has gone out and made coaching his passion and has proven to be a very successful coach in all aspects. He is an exceptional recruiter with a great feel for the landscape and a relentless approach. He has tireless work ethic and a true love for the profession. We are absolutely thrilled to have Shaun back in the Black and Gold.”
Wegner comes to Milwaukee after spending the past five seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The NCAA Division III powerhouse claimed Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships in four of his seasons on staff, compiling an impressive 184-53 overall win-loss record (.776 winning percentage), which included an 88-22 mark (.800) in league play.
Wegner worked as UWW’s hitting coach, catching coach, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator during his tenure with the Warhawks. Included in that span was an appearance in the College World Series in 2015 and the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2014. Each of his seasons at Whitewater culminated with postseason appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
After graduating from UWM in 2010, Wegner served as graduate assistant coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato for two years. He earned an award for the highest GPA in MSU history. During Wegner's two seasons on staff, the Mavericks posted a combined record of 91-24 (.791 winning percentage) and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament twice, including a trip to the 2012 Division II College World Series, which yielded a third-place finish.
Wegner played baseball at Milwaukee from 2006-10, capping his time with the Panthers by helping the team to the Horizon League Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament his senior season. He batted .300 that campaign, scoring 26 runs and knocking in 29 more. Wegner was named Second Team All-Horizon League as a sophomore, batting .329 overall and .389 in league play. A team captain for two seasons, Wegner was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team as a freshman and went on to lead the conference in runners thrown out and runners picked off each of his final three years. In 180 career games at UWM, he finished with a .286 average, 87 runs batted in, 101 runs scored and 162 hits.
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Wegner also has coaching experience in the Northwoods League. He was an assistant with the Lakeshore Chinooks in 2012, the team’s inaugural season. In addition to his summer with the Chinooks, Wegner served as the field manager and an administrator for the Sheboygan A's, who play in the Wisconsin State League, Northeastern Wisconsin League and the Langsdorf League of Southeastern Wisconsin.
Wegner graduated in 2010 with degrees in communications and economics from Milwaukee. He earned his master’s degree in sports management in May 2012 from Minnesota State-Mankato.
Wegner is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Drew Pearson was named volunteer assistant coach with the Milwaukee baseball team in September of 2017.
Pearson comes to Milwaukee after a very successful year at Concordia University Wisconsin. In his one season on staff, CUW went 28-13 overall, setting a program record for most victories, including one over No. 3 Whitewater. The Falcons went 15-5 in conference play and finished runner-up at the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament. The season ended with six players earning NACC all-league honors and the team finishing seventh in the final Midwest Regional poll.
“We are extremely excited to announce the addition of Drew Pearson to our staff,” head coach Scott Doffek said at the time. “Drew has spent the past few years honing his craft at Minnesota State and Concordia University. He has also spent a time coaching in the Northwoods League, where he was with some of the best NCAA DI college baseball players from all over the country.”
Prior to his time with the Falcons, Pearson spent two years on the staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato. At Mankato, Pearson helped coach the Mavericks to back-to-back NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances. In 2015, Mankato finished the season with a 43-9 record, while also recording the highest batting average in Division II Baseball.
“He has a true passion for coaching and his love and energy for the game is infectious,” Doffek said. “He will be working with our outfielders and baserunners as well as overall player development. Drew is a high-character man and the type of person we want around our athletes every day.”
Pearson spent his first year as an outfield and assistant hitting coach, while working with both infielders and outfielders, as well as serving as the hitting coach in his second season.
In addition to coaching at Mankato, Pearson has spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach with the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League. His duties included serving as the third-base coach and the team advanced to the Northwoods League Championship that summer.
He has also worked at the Hitters Baseball Academy in Racine, serving as the marketing coordinator for six years.
Pearson played for the Panthers from 2010-2013, helping the team advance to the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2010. In 103 career games, he recorded 50 hits, scored 30 runs, hit six home runs and drove in 40. He graduated from UW-Milwaukee in May of 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance & Marketing and also holds a Master's Degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Director of Operations
Mike Goetz returns to the UWM coaching staff for his 10th season in 2019. Goetz will again serve as the Director of Baseball Operations following two seasons as the volunteer assistant and his first three years as an assistant coach, where he worked as first base coach as well as with the outfielders and baserunning.
Goetz officially retired as a player in 2009, spending his final season with the Frontier League’s Rockford (Ill.) RiverHawks. He spent three additional years in professional baseball prior to that tenure in Rockford.
The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him after he became UWM’s first-ever All-American in 2005, leading the nation with a .493 average. He spent the 2006 season with the Arizona League Brewers, batting .289 and leading the league with 31 stolen bases.
Next, he batted .318 for the Helena Brewers in 2007 and was called up to the Hunstville Stars at the end of the season. He spent the majority of the 2008 season with the Traverse City Beach Bums before he was signed midseason by the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. Goetz carried a batting average of over .400 into mid-June and led the team with 22 multi-hit games.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Chad Henneberry is the athletic trainer assigned to baseball, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's indoor track & field. He started as an assistant athletic trainer at UWM in 2007 after graduating from Milwaukee's Athletic Training Education Program.
Henneberry joined the staff after serving as an intern with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2006-07 season. Prior to that, he was an athletic training student with the Panthers.
Henneberry also attended UW-Whitewater, where he earned business administration degree in business in 1999. At UWW, he double-majored in marketing and sports management while also playing tennis for the Warhawks.