Zack Getsee enters his fourth season as head coach of the Transylvania baseball team in the 2020 season.
Since his arrival to Transylvania, Getsee has reconstructed a Transylvania baseball squad with a blueprint focused towards not only contending on an annual basis for the HCAC crown but a national championship.
For the first time in three seasons, the Pioneers under the instruction of Getsee, returned to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in 2019 to certify the latest step in the program’s resurgence. Transylvania’s berth in the HCAC playoffs capped off a milestone year for the Pioneers which witnessed the team defeating a top 25 team in Webster University during the opening weekend of the season, sophomore infielder Hudson Chastain writing the new program record for single-season hits with 66 in the regular season, a four-game improvement in conference play from the previous season, and furnished the conference leader in batting average as Chastain produced a .410 BA.
Under Getsee, the Pioneers ranked second in the HCAC in stolen bases (90), third in batting average (.293), third in hits (404), and third in total bases (525). Getsee’s battery also made marked improvements as sophomore pitcher Caleb Neal emerged second all-time on the Pioneer program single-season record list for most strikeouts per nine innings (10.1).
After an initial 13-24 run in the 2017 season, Getsee’s second season in Transylvania brought about a four-game improvement as he restocked the pitching corps and engineered a six-game winning streak at the midpoints of the 2018 campaign. Getsee’s second year at the helm for the Pioneers witnessed a number of unique achievements, including wins against rival Centre, and junior outfielder Isaac Taylor setting a new Division III single-game record for steals in a game with eight. Under Getsee’s guidance, Taylor earned All-HCAC Second Team honors for 2018 along with a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team distinctions. Freshman infielder Hudson Chastain also earned All-HCAC Honorable Mention honors to cap off a productive 2018 season.
Getsee came to Lexington in the summer of 2016 after spending the previous five years as the head assistant coach at Division III Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
During Getsee’s tenure as assistant coach at Webster, the Gorloks amassed an overall record of 171-61 (.737). Playing in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Webster captured five regular-season titles, advancing to the Division III College World Series in three of those runs.
While at Webster, Getsee had an integral role in an offense which finished in the top-10 nationally in stolen bases in three of his final four seasons in St. Louis; in 2015 and 2016 the Gorloks ranked in the top-10 nationally in doubles and home runs.
Serving as the top assistant under Bill Kurich at Webster, Getsee was part of a staff that guided the Gorloks to a school record for most wins with 37 in both 2013 and 2014. The Gorloks finished the 2014 regular season ranked #1 overall in the D3Baseball.com poll, and #2 nationally in the ABCA coaches’ poll. In 2012 and 2013, Webster recorded fifth-place finishes at the Division III College World Series, and in the process, became the first school out of the state of Missouri to ever win a game at the D-III World Series.
Serving in roles of both catching coach and hitting coach, Getsee has coached five ABCA Rawlings All-Americans. Webster also had success off the field as Getsee helped engineer an academic study system that resulted in a team of 35 players achieving a cumulative grade-point average of better than 3.0.
In addition to his works at Webster, Getsee spent the summer of 2016 as head coach of the Quincy Gems of the Central Illinois Collegiate League.
Getsee has participated as a camp instructor at DeMarini Top 96 camps in Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, Kansas, and Alabama. He has also participated in The Complete Showcase, a premier prospect camp for college coaches.
As a player, Getsee was a two-year starter at Southwestern Illinois College in Indiana, where he served as a team captain during that span. Getsee completed his collegiate playing career at NCAA Division II Saint Joseph’s College, playing for head coach Rick O’Dette; Getsee also served as team captain for two years at Saint Joseph’s, and was named to the 2011 Preseason All-American Watch List.
Following his graduation from Saint Joseph’s College in 2011, Getsee played a season of professional baseball for the Lake County Fielders of the North American League.
Getsee maintains a professional membership with the American Baseball Coaches Association and has been a member since 2011.