On June 5th, 2012, Jamie Detillion was named the eighth head coach of the Laker baseball program, replacing Steve Lyon after his retirement following the 2012 season. Previously, Detillion had completed 10 seasons as an assistant coach at GVSU, including the last three of which he had been the associate head coach.
Detillion is entering his fifth season as head coach of the Lakers. In his first four years at the helm, GVSU has compiled a 147-68-1 overall record and a 89-32 mark in GLIAC play.
Detillion recently completed his fourth year at the helm for the Lakers in the spring of 2016, guiding the team to a 36-18-1 record, a share of the GLIAC regular season title and their 11th GLIAC Tournament title. The Lakers advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament, defeating Hillsdale College in the opening round before bowing out of the tournament. As a team, the Lakers were fourth in the GLIAC in runs scored (329), third in hits (556), fourth in runs batted in (304) and fifth in team batting average (.305).
Detillion’s fourth year saw the emergence of closer Matt Williams, who tied the NCAA Division II saves record for a season with 20, and was named to the CCA, NCBWA and ABCA All-American Teams, as well as being an All-GLIAC First Team selection, a HERO sports All-American honoree and a finalist for the 2016 Brett Tomko and Josh Willingham awards. Williams set a new single season GVSU record for saves by converting 20 of 22 save opportunities.
Aside from Williams, a total of five Lakers earned All-GLIAC honors. Senior Tim Tarter joined Williams on the First Team, Alex Young and Kyle Lawson were both named to the Second Team, and senior Jason Ribecky joined Anthony Villar as Honorable Mentions.
Williams and Tarter were both recognized on the NCBWA Midwest Region Team as well, earning First and Second Team honors, respectively.
Detillion's second year saw GVSU post a 39-13 overall record, claim its fourth consecutive GLIAC regular season title with a 24-6 record in league play, and the 2014 GLIAC Tournament crown. For his outstanding efforts, Detillion was recognized as the GLIAC Coach of the Year for the second time in as many seasons. GVSU's 2014 campaign eventually came to an end in the semifinals of the Midwest Regional Tournament, which was hosted by eventual national champion Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. In its season-opening series at Southern Indiana, the Lakers took two of the three games, making it the second consecutive campaign in which they defeated the eventual national champion. As a team, the Lakers were tied for eighth among Division II clubs in on-base percentage (.415) and ranked 17th in home runs per game (0.79), 19th in slugging percentage (.453) and 24th in batting average (.319). At season's end, two Lakers garnered American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-American Honors. Giancarlo Brugnoni, who was also named the Daktronics, Inc. Player of the Year and finished second in the Tino Martinez Award voting, garnered a first-team laurel. Jamie Potts was chosen to the third team. Both were voted onto the same teams by the National College Baseball Writers Association, while Kevin Zak and Evan Nietfeldt were honorable mentions. Nietfeldt was also named GLIAC Pitcher of the Year.
In 2013, his first season as a head coach, Detillion led the Lakers to their sixth NCAA Division II College World Series appearance and finished third, the second-highest finish in the program's history. GVSU finished with an overall record of 38-19 and defeated top-ranked and eventual national champion Tampa in the quarterfinals of the College World Series. GVSU was the runner-up in the GLIAC Tournament and won the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship. Three victories in the College World Series matched the program's best total, equaling the 2004 team, which finished as national runner-up. GVSU finished the season ranked #3 in the ABCA poll. Earlier in the season, the Lakers throttled eventual national runner-up Minnesota State 12-0 (March 11). The GVSU pitching staff turned in one of the best seasons in school history, finishing fourth in the country in earned run average (2.68), fifth in walks/hits allowed per inning (1.17) and seventh in hits allowed per nine innings (7.75). Following the season, Detillion was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year and Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
An 12-year veteran of the GVSU coaching staff, Detillion has been a part of the most successful 12-year run in program history. The Lakers are 503-165-2 (.752) with 12 NCAA DII tournament appearances, six NCAA Midwest regional titles, six NCAA DII World Series appearances (2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013) and 10 GLIAC titles. In addition, GVSU played for the 2004 baseball National Championship. Detillion was responsible for hitting and recruiting during his time as an assistant coach with the Lakers. Grand Valley State has been one of the top offensive teams in the country with Detillion as the hitting coach.
The Lakers' 2013 World Series appearance marked Detillion's seventh trip to the Division II World Series as he made the trip in 1999 as a player at Ashland University. The Lakers have also held weekly rankings in the NCAA Division II top 10 each of the past eight seasons, including GVSU's first-ever national #1 ranking in 2009 and multiple weeks at #1 in 2011. GVSU has been ranked as high as #3 in each of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons as well as a national runner-up finish in 2004.
Detillion spent 10 years with the Grand Valley State University baseball program as an assistant coach, including three as the associate head coach. In addition to his duties as the the Lakers' hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, Detillion handled responsibilities such as camp coordinator, strength and conditioning, third base coach and assisting in all daily operations within the program. In 2012, the Laker offense finished 12th in the country with a .329 batting average and was 15th in hits (584). In 2011, with new less-explosive bats, the Lakers tied for first in the country with 462 runs scored, seventh in batting average (.338), and 12th in scoring (8.1 runs/game) and hits (580). GVSU finished the 2010 season ranked 8th in NCAA Division II in hitting at a .363 clip. In the 2009 campaign the Lakers had a team batting average of .344, ranking 14th in Division II. The 2009 team also finished 9th in Division II in total hits with 687. The 2008 Lakers hit .347, which ranked 13th in Division II, while the 2007 lineup ranked third among all divisions with a .370 batting average. In 2006 GVSU hit .345, ranking 15th in NCAA Division II.
In 12 seasons, 79 Laker position players have been named All-GLIAC and 63 have been named to postseason all-tournament teams. In addition, GVSU has set virtually every individual single-season and career record. Several GVSU team records have also been broken over the last seven seasons, including batting average, hits, runs, doubles, triples, RBIs, total bases and on-base percentage.
Detillion served as pitching coach at Ashland University and assistant baseball coach at Tiffin Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio prior to leaving for minor league spring training. Detillion pitched for three seasons in the Detroit Tigers' and Cincinnati Reds' organizations. He began as a professional with the Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League before signing with the Detroit Tigers.
Jamie was also a pitcher and first baseman from 1997-2000 at Ashland University. He earned NCAA DII first team All-American honors as a junior first baseman and was a four time All-GLIAC recipient as a first baseman/pitcher. Detillion left Ashland holding 17 individual records, including career home runs (46), and RBI's (203), single season home runs (23), RBI's (89), total bases (162), single game home runs (4) and RBI's (8). Detillion is also among the leaders in career innings pitched (333.0) and wins (30) for the Eagles. His 46 home runs were a GLIAC record until Brugnoni broke it with a three-run homer on May 10, 2014. Jamie led Ashland to the NCAA DII World Series in Montgomery, Ala. in 1999 where he led the tournament in hitting (8 for 12, .667 avg). In October of 2010, Detillion was inducted into the Ashland University Hall of Fame for his accomplishments.
Detillion received his bachelor's of science in education from Ashland University in 2000 and his masters of education from GVSU in 2010.
Jamie and his wife, Jill, are the proud parents of sons, Cannon (6), Crew (4) and daughter Cambry (2).