Sam Bjorling Tabbed to Lead MSC Baseball Program
Murray State College is pleased to announce the hiring of Sam Bjorling as the next Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director. Previously Bjorling served as the Recruiting Coordinator and Hitting Coach for the Aggie Baseball team.
“Sam Bjorling is a valued member of the Murray State College family and has a great future here as head baseball coach. He has played an extremely important role in our baseball program in the past, and we’re expecting great things for the coming season,” President Joy McDaniel said.
The Aggie baseball program has been very successful during Bjorling’s tenure as Hitting Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Bjorling helped guide the team to the Region II Championship Series in 3 out of the 4 years he has been on staff. The last of which was capped off by a trip to the NJCAA World Series last season. He also helped guide the team to a regular season conference championship in 2014. Under his tutelage, the Aggie offense has flourished and has regularly been national leaders in most offensive categories. The accolades and awards have been abundant for Aggie hitters including players receiving All-American Honors.
“It is a tremendous honor to be the Head Baseball Coach at Murray State College. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to President McDaniel, Vice-President Gray, and Athletic Director Justin Cellum for entrusting me with this position. This is much more than just a job to me, it is the biggest honor I have ever been given and I take the responsibility incredibly serious,” said Coach Bjorling.
Previously Bjorling has been an active participant in Collegiate Summer Baseball. Bjorling was the Manager of the East Texas Pump Jacks of the Texas Collegiate League in 2015 guiding the team to the TCL playoffs. During the summers from 2011-2014 Bjorling served as the Hitting Coach for the Duluth Huskies in the prestigious Northwoods League. During the summer of 2012, Bjorling led the Huskies offense to their best season in club history, posting new team records in key offensive categories. In 2013, he helped guide the team to a runner-up finish in the Summer Collegiate World Series.
“I believe that Coach Bjorling will do a great job in maintaining the direction of Aggie Baseball! Coach Bjorling has been here four years and has done an outstanding job recruiting and getting to know the landscape of Oklahoma and north Texas, which are the areas we recruit the most. I think that Coach Bjorling will bring some of his own ideas to the program but also keep the core values and practices that have made Murray State College an elite junior college program. I couldn’t be happier for Sam and the opportunity he has been given. There isn’t a bigger Aggie fan than me,” Said former MSC Head Coach Zach Crabtree.
Prior to joining MSC, Bjorling spent the 2013 season at NCAA Division II schools, University of Illinois-Springfield and University of Hawaii-Hilo. During the 2012 season, Bjorling was at Doane College in Crete, NE. While at Doane he helped guide the Tigers to a 36-20 record and to an appearance in the finals of the NAIA Open Round National Tournament. In 2012, the Tigers set school records for regular season wins and conference wins.
Prior to 2012, Bjorling spent 4 seasons as the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Valley City State University. While at VCSU his offenses broke several long-standing team records including most hits in a season and most doubles in a season. Bjorling began his coaching career in Iowa City, IA serving as an Assistant Coach at Iowa City High School and as Head Coach of the Johnson County Legion baseball team. While at Johnson County, Coach Bjorling led the Johnnies to back-to-back state championships in 2005 and 2006. Bjorling left Johnson County with an overall record of 70-29 in three seasons.
Bjorling earned a B.A. in History from the University of Iowa in 2005 and a M.S. in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science from North Dakota State University in 2010.