A former Madonna University baseball assistant coach Ted Falkner was named the third head coach in the program's 28-year history on January 16, 2017.
A Highland, Mich. native, Falkner left Madonna in 2014 to take over as the head coach at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wis. Under his direction the V-Hawks saw five players earn All-Conference honors, four earn All-Academic honors, two earn Scholar-Athlete awards and one named Academic All-District.
Prior to his time with Viterbo, Falkner spent the better part of 10 season coaching in the NAIA. He spent five years with the Crusaders as the hitting coach from 2007-10 and 2012-14. Under his tutelage MU won 190 games, hit .300 three times and won four Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships.
In 2011 and 2012 Falkner was the assistant at Ashford University where he helped the Saints to 43 wins and earned a Master's degree in Organizational Management with an emphasis on Leadership. His coaching career began at his alma mater, Concordia (Mich.), in 2003 where he spent four seasons.
In addition to his experience at the collegiate level, Falkner has worked with a plethora of other programs. In the summer of 2004, he was assistant coach in charge of hitting for the Lake Erie Monarchs, a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Then in 2010, Falkner spent the summer working as an assistant coach for infielders for the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the Northwoods Collegiate League.
Falkner is a 2003 graduate of Concordia University Ann Arbor where he spent three years as a Cardinals' infielder and earned his Bachelor's degree in Social Studies with a history minor. He earned two all-conference awards as a third baseman and in 2002 was named a member of the NCCAA All-Midwest team in addition to being voted by his teammates the Cardinals' Most Valuable Player.
Falkner will be joined in Michigan with his wife Katie and their sons Jackson (4) and Miles (1).
Mike George returns for his 19th season overall and his 10th as an assistant coach in 2016-17. George will work with the catchers and oversee the team's base running.
Crusader catchers have consistently led the conference in allowing the fewest passed balls and throwing out potential base stealers. MU had just eight passed balls during 2012 and ranked 29th nationally in runners caught stealing (30) while sitting 33rd nationall in runners thrown out per game (.536)
After coaching baseball at Bishop Borgess High School, George started the Madonna University baseball program from scratch in 1989 and was the head coach through the 1996 season.
In his eight years at the helm of the Crusaders, George won 251 games while leading Madonna to the post-season in 1993, '94, ‘95 and '96. The Crusaders captured the Great Lakes Sectional title in both 1993 and 1995.
During the summer of 2010, George skippered the Coach's Corner/Canton Sports team to the Livonia Collegiate League championship and a trip to the AAABA World Series in Johnstown, Pa.
Heavily involved in the Livonia community, George sponsors numerous youth sports teams and is the owner and operator of both Coach's Corner Bar and Grill of Livonia, and George Murphy's at the Creek.