Mike Sansing: Kennesaw State University

Mike Sansing

Mike Sansing is the architect of Kennesaw State’s highly successful baseball program. Since taking over in 1991, he is the winningest head coach in the school’s rich baseball history, leading the Owls to seven national tournaments, including a pair of national titles. He won the NAIA title in 1994 and the 1996 NCAA Division II crown.

After 25 seasons at Kennesaw State, Sansing’s career record is 1,044-547 for a .656 winning percentage in 28 years of collegiate coaching, which included a three-year stint as the head coach at Shorter College from 1989-91 where he won 102 games. He also has compiled a 942-519 (.644) overall record at Kennesaw State since his arrival.

In 2014, Sansing led the Owls to a slew of firsts, bringing home the first Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in program history with a 7-1 victory over Lipscomb, taking the school's first ever NCAA Division I Regional title and a trip to the Super Regional round in Louisville.

In addition to the two national championships, Sansing has also led the Owls to a pair of national runner-up finishes, five regional titles, four conference regular season championships, three conference tournament championships, one district regular-season title and one district championship.

A plethora of accolades have been bestowed upon Sansing since his arrival at Kennesaw State in 1992. In January of 2009, Sansing was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame.

After the championship season of 1996, he was named the NCAA Division II National Coach-Of-The-Year. The 1994 crown earned Sansing the NAIA National Coach of the Year and the Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year honor.

Sansing has also won the South Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year award three consecutive years from 1996 through 1998. He was named Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 1995 and again in 1998.

The longtime coach began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the State University of West Georgia from 1985-86 before moving to Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta from 1987-88.

Sansing had a stellar career as a player for both Gordon Junior College and West Georgia. He garnered all-conference honors in each of his four seasons as well as being named a three-time team Most Valuable Player. In his senior season at West Georgia, Sansing had a career year while being the Braves' Triple Crown leader. Sansing finished his final year with a .406 batting average, eight home runs and 34 RBIs.

Information from ksuowls.com was used in this article.