Justin Huisman has been the head coach of the baseball program for the past eight seasons after serving as an assistant coach for two years. In his eight years at the helm he has posted a 215-201-1 overall record. In the 2016 season the team set a school record for most season wins with a 37-24-1 finish. Last season the team was 35-23 overall and 18-21 in the conference.
For five seasons, Huisman has led the team to the conference tournament and to national tournament appearances. In 2018 they were the CCAC Tournament Champions for the first time in the program’s history. They advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The program’s first NAIA appearance was in the 2013 season. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 the team earned a bid to the NCCAA National Championship. In 2016 they were the NCCAA North Central Region Champions.
Huisman entered the coaching realm after spending eight seasons pitching in the professional system from 2000-2007. In the 2005-06 off-season he served as an assistant coach at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, while continuing to work out himself. In 2008 Huisman sustained an injury that prevented him from continuing his playing career and allowed him to join the coaching staff at Trinity.
Huisman played at the University of Mississippi from 1997 to 2000, where he earned honors as an infielder and a closer. At Ole Miss he broke the single-season saves record in his sophomore year and surpassed his own mark the next year. He also broke the career saves records. Huisman earned All-American honorable mention honors as a third baseman in his freshman year.
After his junior year at Ole Miss, Huisman was drafted in the 15th round of the 2000 amateur draft by Colorado. In four seasons and jumping four levels with the Rockies, he put up an ERA of 1.86, 1.70, 1.57, and 1.75, respectively. Huisman notched 30 saves in Low-A, 22 saves in High-A, and 26 saves in AA (a new Tulsa record). For those years he made the All-Star team for the South Atlantic, Carolina, and Texas Leagues. In 2003 Baseball America added him to their All-Star team for all of the AA levels, thus leading him to be traded to Kansas City in 2004. Though starting out in AAA Omaha for the Royals, Huisman was quickly called up to the big leagues and made his major league debut on April 25th. He went on to pitch 25 innings for Kansas City that season. Before his injury, Huisman posted three more quality seasons in AAA and one stellar season in Independent League in Newark, New Jersey. In all, he compiled an ERA under a 2.00 in five of his eight professional seasons; leading to a career minor-league ERA of 3.27. He also pitched 405 innings, giving up just 391 hits, posted 86 career saves, and had 300 strikeouts to only 144 walks.
Huisman completed his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Purdue University-Calumet in 2009. He received a master’s degree in Sport Management from Liberty University (Virginia) in 2017. At Trinity, in addition to his coaching responsibilities, he is an event staff manager at the College. He resides in Crown Point, Indiana, with his wife Julia, step-daughter Isabella, and daughter Summer.