Stan Eldridge joined the Blue Devils program in January of 2015, as the university made the decision to bring collegiate baseball back to the Southfield campus after a 60+ year layoff, and he now enters into his 4th season overall at the helm of the program. Eldridge, now in his 20th year in the collegiate ranks, has previously coached at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan and at both Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Eldridge also spent time coaching at the high school level early in his career.
After just one season of leading the Blue Devils on field play, Eldridge saw his young, but highly talented and competitive, team surprise many observers with their on-field abilities and their relentless effort at such an early stage in the development of the program. Eldridge and the Blue Devil program have already had one player selected to the WHAC All-Conference 1st Team, one player selected to the WHAC All-Conference 2nd Team, a National Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove Award Selection, two WHAC Conference Gold Glove Award Winners, two Champions of Character selections, three players selected to the WHAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team, one WHAC Conference Pitcher of the Week selection, one WHAC Conference Player of the Week selection, five players selected to the WHAC All-Academic Team and four team awards for Academic Excellence, with two selections as an NAIA All-Scholar Team (team GPA in excess of 3.0) as well as two selection for Academic Excellence that were awarded by the American Baseball Coaches Association, one of just a handful of NAIA teams throughout the country to receive this honor. Truly a real success story after just 2 seasons of play and this has established a great foundation for the program as it moves forward. In addition, Eldridge was named the 2017 WHAC Champions of Character Coach, as he was selected by his league colleagues.
In 2018, Eldridge led the Blue Devils to 25 wins, which is an LTU Single Season Record, and it nearly doubled the win total from the inaugural season. Eldridge also led the program to its first ever WHAC Post Season Tournament action. As well, the program and Eldridge received national recognition and acclaim for their 8-3 win over Big 10 neighbor and Power Five member, the University of Michigan in game played at Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To date, research has shown this to be the first ever win for NAIA Baseball Team over a Power Five member east of the Mississippi.
Immediately prior to joining the Blue Devils, Eldridge spent just over a year at Siena Heights University working primarily with the hitters and the overall offensive direction of the Saints program. Prior to SHU, Eldridge spent a memorable ten years at Spring Arbor University where he served as the Associate Head Baseball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Cougars. Eldridge again worked primarily with the hitters and overall offense, while also assisting with the Cougars highly regarded and productive running game. On the defensive side, Eldridge worked with the infielders as a primary function, however he also spent time overseeing the development of the outfielders in the program. Eldridge took the lead in the oversight and coordination of the Cougar’s recruiting process, along with overseeing the annual SAU Coaches Clinic and the Top 96 Showcase event for high school players.
During his time at SAU, the Cougars hit at a combined .318 clip and fielded at a .960 mark, which included leading the NAIA nationally in fielding in 2007 at a .970 rate and finishing 3rd in 2011 with a .972 mark. Eldridge also developed infielders who went onto win 3 Conference Player of the Year awards, while an additional player went onto win a prestigious Rawlings NAIA National Gold Glove Award. Eldridge also saw seven of his former players go on to play professionally, along with watching several others being named to All-Conference, All-Region and All-American teams.
The 2007 season saw the Cougars win an amazing 36 straight games, while the ’07 & ’08 teams won 48 and 40 game respectively while compiling an overall two-year record of 88-14, leading the nation in winning percentage. During this time, Eldridge assisted in leading the program to the heights of NAIA Baseball with two trips to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, including the 2007 finishing as the National Runner-Up. In addition, Eldridge assisted in leading the program to appearances in three NCCAA National Championships, including a National Runner-Up finish in 2006. During his time at SAU, Eldridge assisted in leading the program to win almost 300 games overall. Eldridge is especially proud of the fact that many players he coached during his time at SAU have moved into the high school and collegiate coaching ranks.
During his tenure at Concordia University, Eldridge served as the Associate Head Coach for the Cardinals and was responsible for the offensive side of the game, where he developed and installed a more aggressive style of offensive attack. As well, Eldridge also had additional responsibilities for the defensive and pitching portions of the Cardinals program as well as serving as the Recruiting Coordinator.
Eldridge was instrumental in developing the recruiting philosophy and process during his tenure at Concordia University and as a result the program saw its roster size increase from 17 to 46 players in less than two years. During his tenure at Concordia University, the program broke almost every individual and team offensive record in the program’s history at that time. Several players under his tutelage were named to the WHAC All-Conference and Region 8 All-Region teams, with one player receiving NAIA Honorable Mention All-American accolades. In addition, several players were named to the All-Academic team. As with his time at SAU, Eldridge also takes great pride in the fact that several players he worked with in the program moved into the coaching ranks at both the high school and collegiate levels at the conclusion of their playing careers.
While at Madonna University, Eldridge worked with the Crusader hitters and in all aspects of the offense. During his tenure, the Crusader offense combined to hit at a .312 average. In addition, Eldridge also worked with the outfielders within the program and assisted with the overall defensive play and philosophy of the team. As well, Eldridge was also fully involved in the recruiting and administrative process while with the Crusaders. During this time, several Crusader players were honored as All-Conference and All-Region picks, in addition to being named as All-Academic selections.
In addition to his work at the collegiate level, Eldridge has been very successful coaching in the elite summer travel and summer collegiate leagues where he has earned high praise for his work and has been honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for his efforts.
Eldridge has also been acknowledged for having thus far led his teams to over 800 victories during his coaching tenure. Also, Eldridge has been the guiding force in building and developing two of the premier summer baseball programs in the Midwest, starting first with the Ypsilanti American Legion Post #282 program, which is still recognized as the youngest team to have ever earned a berth and appear at the AABC 18u World Series (3rd place finish) in New Mexico. However, more recently, Eldridge has been recognized as the architect of the highly acclaimed A. Green Baseball Program, which for many years has been regarded as one of the top summer programs in the country, having recently been ranked by Perfect Game USA as one of the top 18u programs in the nation. The 2008 club traveled to Florida and won the prestigious USSSA National Championship in the 18u division. To date, this specific program has seen over 60 players drafted by MLB clubs, with current Colorado Rockies infielder, and 2014 Gold Glove winner, 2015 N.L. All-Star and 2016 MLB Batting Champion, D.J. LeMahieu and former New York Yankee infielder & Dallas Cowboy quarterback Drew Henson being amongst the program alumni. Several additional players mentored and coached by Eldridge are currently working their way through their respective MLB organizations as they pursue their dream of playing at the highest level.
Through these, and other, programs, as noted earlier, Eldridge has assisted over 70 players get drafted into the professional ranks during the annual Major League Baseball Entry Level Draft. Even more impressive is the fact that an incredible 98% of players, just over 400 in total, have moved onto continue their athletic and academic careers at the collegiate level at universities and colleges throughout the country, spanning all divisions. Eldridge has seen over 20 of his former summer league players move forward to play for him at the collegiate level and he is eager to see that trend continue at Lawrence Tech University. As noted, Eldridge currently has almost two dozen of his former players now immersed in, or pursuing, a career in the coaching profession at the professional, collegiate and high school levels.
Eldridge added yet another program and title to his resume when he was named the Field Manager of the Battle Creek Bombers, who play in the highly acclaimed Northwood Summer Collegiate League. The NWSCL is ranked by various baseball and professional publications as the 2nd best league in the nation for collegiate players to participate in during the summer months, trailing only the prestigious Cape Cod League. During his tenure with the Bombers, Eldridge worked with players from throughout the country and from all levels of collegiate baseball, with several eventually receiving an opportunity to play professionally.
Along with his coaching duties, Eldridge has also taken on roles in other capacities within the game. For three seasons, Eldridge served as the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for the Michigan Panthers, who were members of the NCAA & MLB sanctioned Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League (GLSCBL). This venue also allowed for Eldridge to not only work further within the administrative side of the game, but it also allowed for him to work on the field with another large group of players who would also eventually be selected in the Major League Baseball Entry Level Draft.
Eldridge also has previously served for just over 12 years as an Area and Associate Scout for several Major League Baseball teams; including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and most recently the Seattle Mariners, where he was also a part of the process that eventually led to a large group of high school and collegiate players being selected in the annual Major League Baseball Entry Level Draft. Eldridge was also blessed to have been able to attend and participate in minor league camp as a part of his duties.
Eldridge was also selected to serve as a General Manager for “The Series”, which was a new world wide baseball event that brought the top players together on an annual basis for a series of combines and top level championship tournament play that was held throughout the United States. Eldridge has also served as a National Evaluator and an Area Director for Perfect Game USA in Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada. Also, Eldridge served for 7 years as a State Site Director with the well regarded Top 96 Baseball Coaches Clinics.
Eldridge is a Co-Owner of All-Pro Sports USA, LLC, which is a training, tournament and showcase organizing entity that works with additional organizations throughout the region and country. Eldridge has served as an Instructor and Clinician at various camps and clinics around the United States and in Canada, and he continues to serve in that capacity at events throughout the nation. Eldridge has also served as a Guest Speaker on various topics at clinics and events throughout his career and continues to do so.
Eldridge is a graduate of Concordia University – Ann Arbor where he earned his bachelor degree in Business Administration & Leadership. Eldridge also holds a degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Staff & Command. Eldridge saw his playing career come to an abrupt halt as he sustained an on-field injury that briefly curtailed his ability to play. Fortunately, Eldridge was able to resume his career and went onto play collegiately for two years before entering the coaching profession while also beginning a long & rewarding career in law enforcement, from which he is now retired. Stan is married and has two children.