- Years at CLU4
- Alma MaterBethany ('12)
Mike Yingling returns for his fifth season at Cal Lutheran in 2016. He will coach the hitters and catchers and also serves as the recruiting coordinator.
Yingling's addition to the coaching staff made an immediate impact as Cal Lutheran led Division III in batting average and runs scored in 2013. Yingling helped Cal Lutheran break five different offensive category school records. The 2014 Cal Lutheran team was among the Top-20 Nationally in six different categories: batting average, scoring, runs, hits, doubles per game and doubles. In 2015, Cal Lutheran ranked 2nd in Division III across the Nation for batting average. Since bringing Coach Yingling to the staff, Cal Lutheran has won three regular season SCIAC championships and advanced to two NCAA Division III Regional Tournaments.
Yingling tutored catcher Spencer DuBois who was named Second Team All-SCIAC in 2013 and 2014.
In the spring of 2012, Yingling got his coaching career underway as an assistant at Ventura College where he played for two seasons. As the Pirates starting catcher in 2008 and ’09, he earned All-WSC Honorable Mention (’09). Yingling was instrumental in the success of the Pirates baseball team as part of a program-record 55 wins in two seasons, advancing to back-to-back regional competition.
From VC he signed a scholarship to play at NAIA Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan. where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical health and wellness. In 2010 he led the Swedes to the KCAC tournament for the first time in school history and received All-KCAC honors as a designated hitter. Yingling compiled a .366 career batting average at Bethany.
Yingling played his high school baseball for Camarillo High School where he was part of a 2007 CIF runner-up team.
During his playing days, he worked several baseball camps in the local community and continues to provide hitting and catching lessons around Ventura County. He is currently working with Conejo Valley Baseball Development and helps every summer with Lu Dawg baseball camps at CLU.
Yingling currently resides in Camarillo.