Jared Kirkeby Named Pitching Coach

Jared Kirkeby has been hired to take on the pitching duties at Northwestern as a full time assistant coach. Kirkeby, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern, returns to his Alma mater after teaching/coaching in the Cherokee Community School District. Kirkeby will join assistant coaches Dave Noteboom, Matt Van Schepen, Jake Koerselman, and head coach Brian Wede on the baseball staff.

Kirkeby enjoyed a stellar career as a left handed pitcher at Northwestern winning 18 games (ninth best in school history) and throwing 182 innings (18th most all time). Kirkeby made 28 starts and 26 relief appearances in his career throwing eight complete games and two shutouts. His sophomore campaign saw him go 7-4 in 65 innings. His best ERA campaign came as a senior when he posted a 2.79 ERA in 51.2 innings, going 4-3. For his career Kirkeby walked 63 batters in 183 innings.

Kirkeby saved his best performances during his career for the GPAC Tournament. In three career GPAC Tournament starts Kirkeby threw 24 innings, and allowed five runs on 23 hits in two postseason victories. In the final game of his career, the 2012 GPAC championship game, Kirkeby threw nine innings and allowed one ninth inning run on eight hits. The Red Raiders lost 1-0. 

Kirkeby will be replacing full-time assistant coach Chris Lewis, who accepted a position as the head coach at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana.

"My family and I are extremely excited about the opportunity to come back to Northwestern" said Kirkeby. "Northwestern is a place where I feel I can continue to grow spiritually and professionally. To be able to give back as a coach to the program I played at is something that I am very grateful for."

Northwestern went 112-85 during Kirkeby's four seasons including a GPAC Tournament championship in 2010 and a GPAC regular season championship in 2011.

"I am really excited to have Jared back on campus," said head coach Brian Wede. "Jared was the type of player that had an infectious personality who got the most of out of his ability. He was very mentally strong and willing to be used in whatever role was best for the team. Ever since he left the program I have been thinking of ways to get him back on campus because I think he can be a very good asset for our program moving forward."

"Adding Jared to the staff also allows me to work with our position players/hitters on a more regular basis, something I am very excited for," said Wede. "In the ten years I've been a head coach we carry a 0.309 team batting average and have averaged 6.19 runs per game in 500+ games, I have no doubt we will continue that offensive production."

Kirkeby will have an office in the Bultman Center and can be reached at 712-707-7417 or