Staff
Head Baseball Coach
Jim Chester

The 2016 season will mark the second for Jim Chester as the head coach of the Bald Eagles.

Chester was hired to take over the program in August 2014 and is coming off his first season as the helm of the program.

In 2015, after being picked to finish last in the PSAC East, the Bald Eagle finished tied for fifth. The Bald Eagles narrowly missed the PSAC Tournament in the final weekend, while winning their second series of the season versus Kutztown. The fifth-place finish was the highest finish since their last PSAC playoff berth in 2009.

Three Bald Eagles landed on the 2015 All-PSAC East squad, while Freshman Justin Sleigh was recognized on the ABCA All-Region Team.

In July, 2015, Chester traveled to Cambodia with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, helping to organize and run baseball clinics.

Chester came to LHU after a sensational coaching stint at Penn State University Greater Allegany in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, bringing with him a noted history of success and strong recruiting ties.

In seven seasons at Penn State Greater Allegheny, Chester amassed an impressive 234-129-1 (.644 winning percentage) record. His teams went 122-28 (.813 winning percentage) in Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) play.

Chester led Penn State Greater Allegheny to four PSUAC League championships (2010, '11, '13 & '14) and three PSUAC Tournament titles (2011, '13 & '14). He was named the conference's coach of the year three times (2010, '11 & '14) and Chester was named the 2011 Chuck Tanner Collegiate Manager of the Year alongside, former Major League manager Jim Leyland. In 2013 Greater Allegheny advanced to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) World Series, where it finished as national runner-up.

During his time at Penn State Greater Allegheny, Chester guided 37 players to All-Conference honors and 24 players to All-American status. Over the last eight seasons, 56 Penn State Greater Allegheny players have earned PSUAC All-Academic honors and 11 players have earned National All-Academic status.

While at Penn State Greater Allegheny, Chester also served as the Director of Athletics, where he oversaw 10 intercollegiate programs and 123 student-athletes. Chester was in charge of academics, facilities, sports information, game management and summer camps. He played a vital role in the planning that led to the addition of women's basketball, men's & women's cross country, men's & women's soccer and wrestling at PSUGA.

Chester is an active member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He is a 2003 graduate of Thiel College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Chester earned a master's degree in Business Administration in 2005 from Seton Hill University.

Chester was a four-year letterman at Thiel, earning All-Region status in 2003.

Assistant Coach
Heath Stover

Heath “Smokey” Stover is entering his 18th season (2016 season) as the Bald Eagles assistant baseball coach.

Stover assists the program in all phases of its operation, including recruiting, scouting, game preparation and works directly with all Haven pitchers.

In 2015, Stover and Jim Chester teamed up in Chester’s first year to guide the Bald Eagles to a successful season.

In 2015, after being picked to finish last in the PSAC East, the Bald Eagle finished tied for fifth. The Bald Eagles narrowly missed the PSAC Tournament in the final weekend, while winning their second series of the season versus Kutztown. The fifth-place finish was the highest finish since their last PSAC playoff berth in 2009.

Three Bald Eagles landed on the 2015 All-PSAC East squad, while Freshman Justin Sleigh was recognized on the ABCA All-Region Team.

Stover has also served as featured guest clinician at a number of prestigious local and regional baseball camps, and clinics in recent years.

Prior to joining the staff as an assistant coach, Stover served as a student-assistant coach in the 1997 season. In that year, Stover helped guide the Bald Eagles to an impressive 27-15-2 overall record and 13-7-0 mark in the PSAC West.

Stover is familiar with the baseball tradition at The Haven not only as a coach but also as a Bald Eagle.

Stover played for LHU from 1993-96. He appeared in 150 games while starting 146. His career batting average was .298 (129-433) with 86 RBI and 79 runs scored. He racked up 27 doubles, four triples and 12 homeruns over his four year career. His 72 career walks still ranks him number one in the Lock Haven record books. His legacy is evident in Lock Haven history as he is still ranked in four statistical categories in the batting and fielding record books.

Heath Stover resides in Jersey Shore, Pa. with his wife and three daughters.

Assistant Coach
Matt McCamley

Matt McCamley enters his second year with the Lock Haven University baseball program.

McCamley competed for the Bald Eagle baseball team from 2007-2011. He was a four year starter for the Bald Eagles and was a member of the latest team to make it to the PSAC tournament in 2009.

McCamley’s name is littered throughout the LHU baseball record books. He is in the Top 10 all-time in nine of the career batting categories including, Games Played 7th (171), Games Started 8th (156), Hits 7th (152), Total Bases 7th (231), Walks 10th (58), At-bats 8th (498), Home Runs 5th (16), Sac Flies 1st (12) and RBI’s 1st (128).

McCamley was also named to the All-PSAC 2nd team for the utility position in 2010, as well as receiving honors for all region teams including, Daktronics Inc. All-Atlantic Region 1st team utility player and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Atlantic Region 1st team utility player.

McCamley is a recent, 2011 graduate of LHU earning a bachelor’s of science degree in Health and Physical Education. He now works as an admissions counselor for the Lock Haven University admissions office.