Former Lancer coach Nate inducted into hall of fame

Published 9:47 am Thursday, June 20, 2024

DETROIT — Former Lakeshore Lancer baseball coach and Dowagiac graduate Mark Nate was inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Tuesday.

Nate, who retired as the Lancers’ coach last year after 18 years, joins a growing list of southwest Michigan coaches who have been selected for the honor.

Nate joins former Dowagiac Coach Dean Hagen, Berrien Springs’ Jon Donley and Dan Wright, Decatur’s Jack Gleason and Ben Botti, Bridgman’s Gary Owen, River Valley’s Jerry Hinman, South Haven’s Jim McGloughan, Brandywine’s Chuck Hurdle and Davis Sidenbender, Buchanan’s Bob Storm, Edwardsburg’s AJ Gaideski and Watervliet’s Josh Tremblay.

Over his 18 years, Nate’s Lancers posted a record of 436-199 with a pair of Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state championships — 2017 and 2018. Overall, Lakeshore made three championship game appearances.

The Lancers won six conference championships, nine district titles and six regional championships.

Nate ended his tenure at Lakeshore as the Lancers’ all-time winningest head coach.