Associate Head Coach
Zac Pearman is entering his fifth season with the Lindenwood baseball staff for the 2020 season, and his second season as the associate head coach.
Pearman was named the associate head coach to start the 2019 season, and resumed his role as the pitching coach. Pearman helped place three Lions on the all-MIAA list, including Kyle Hentis who was named to the third-team all-MIAA.
Hentis was a quality arm for the Lions in 2019, as he posted a 3.47 ERA in his 85.2 innings pitched. Hentis struck out 80 batters and tallied two complete games, while going 3-5 in his 15 games pitched. Blake Beckmann and Eric Hipp were earned honorable-mention recognition as they were both key contributors to the Lions. Beckmann threw 78.2 innings and posted a 3.78 ERA, while striking out 73 batters. In his 15 games, Beckmann went 4-3 with one complete-game shutout during the regular season. Hipp registered a 1.68 ERA in his 21 appearances this year. Hipp compiled a 6-3 record with three saves in his 48.1 innings pitched.
Pearman returned to Lindenwood after spending the 2018 season on the baseball staff at Southeast Missouri State as a volunteer assistant coach.
In his first season as pitching coach in 2017, he helped the pitching staff drop its era by over a full point to 4.66. The pitching was one of the key reasons for the Lions winning 40 games, and capturing the MIAA Tournament and NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships. In 12 postseason games, the Lions gave up five or fewer runs in seven of them, including a shutout in the first round of the national championship tournament.
Pearman coached five all-conference players. Connor Law was a first-team all-MIAA reliever and finished the year eighth in the nation in saves. Brendan Feldmann was a second-team selection and led the MIAA in strikeouts. Blake Beckmann, Andrew Eilers, and Kyle Hentis were all honorable mention picks. Law also earned honorable mention all-region honors. Law and Feldmann both signed professional contracts from Major League organizations over the summer.
From 2015-16, Pearman was a graduate assistant coach for the Lions. He helped Lindenwood win 41 games over those two seasons.
Other coaching experience for Pearman includes being the pitching coach in 2016 for the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters of the Northwood League.
Pearman was one of the top baseball pitchers in Lindenwood history after playing for the Lions from 2011-14. He led or tied for the team-high in wins in three of his four seasons, and finished with 28 career victories. He pitched in over 372 innings and had a career ERA of 4.35. He struck out 152 batters during his career, while walking just 73.
In 2014, Pearman went 4-4 and was among the team's ERA leaders with a 4.78 mark. He started 11 games and appeared in 14. One of his top victories of his career came in his final outing when he threw a six-hit shutout against NCAA regional finalist Emporia State. Pearman also earned conference victories over Washburn and Fort Hays State.
As a junior, Pearman went 6-3 with a 5.93 ERA. Among his wins that year was over powerhouse Central Missouri in a 5-2 complete game victory. All six of his victories came in MIAA play.
In 2012, Pearman led a Lindenwood team that was beginning its transition to the NCAA with eight wins, and he had an ERA just under five. He was named a first-team All-ICAA after the season.
As a freshmen, Pearman came in and led Lindenwood with 10 wins. He ranked in the top-15 in the NAIA in wins and had an ERA of 4.31. Pearman struck out a career-best 51 batters that season.
Off the field, Pearman was a two-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and graduated Lindenwood with a degree in physical education.
Lindenwood ended the 2019 season with a 28-25 overall record and an 18-15 mark in MIAA action. The Lions earned two wins over ranked opponents, including a 5-1 win over then-No. 1 Augustana. Lindenwood hit .296 as a team which ranked second-best in the MIAA through 53 games played. The Lions ranked third in the conference in runs (345), triples (16), and RBI (310). Meier helped the success of nine players earning all-MIAA honors, including DJ Miller who was named first-team all-MIAA as an outfielder. Miller ranked fifth in the MIAA with a .372 batting average and fifth in the league with 16 doubles.
Meier has played an important part in the pitching staff earning three spots earning all-MIAA honors. Kyle Hentis was named to the second-team all-MIAA, while Blake Beckmann and Eric Hipp earned honorable-mention recognition. Hentis was a quality arm for the Lions in 2019, as he posted a 3.47 ERA in his 85.2 innings pitched. Beckmann threw 78.2 innings and posted a 3.78 ERA, while striking out 73 batters. Hipp worked hard during his time at Lindenwood, and it paid off in 2019 as he registered a 1.68 ERA in his 21 appearances.
Zak Larkin is entering his second season on the baseball coaching staff in 2020.
In his first season with the Lions, Larkin helped the Lions to a 28-25 overall record and an 18-15 mark in MIAA action. Lindenwood hit .296 as a team which ranked second-best in the MIAA through 53 games played. The Lions ranked third in the conference in runs (345), triples (16), and RBI (310).
Larkin was a key part in the success of six fielders earning all-MIAA recognition, including first-team outfielder DJ Miller. Miller ranked fifth in the MIAA with a .372 batting average and fifth in the league with 16 doubles. Bryce Beckmann was named to the second-team all-MIAA after ranking 46th in NCAA Division II with 23 stolen bases. Beckmann ranked fifth in the MIAA with 16 doubles and hit .360 on the year.
Prior to Lindenwood, Larkin coached at Lewis University and was in charge of the entire offense and infield defense. Larkin was brought in to broaden recruiting efforts and last season coached two second-team all-GLVC players. Before his stop in Romeoville, Ill., Larkin coached for two years at Truman State University where he was responsible for recruiting efforts and the development of the infielders, hitters, and base runners.
Larkin coached three players who earned GLVC first-team honors including one athlete who was an all-region selection. The Bulldogs added three more players to the second-team all-GLVC in his two year span. In his two years, Truman State ranked in the top-10 all-time in school history in seven different categories and each year posted the top-5 all-time fielding percentages in program history.
Zak made an impact in the summers as well by coaching the 2016 Nevada Griffons in the MINK League. In 2017, Larkin was the head coach of the Carroll merchants and led the team to the 2017 Pioneer League regular season championship.
Larkin played at Truman State from 2012-2015 where his was a three-time captain including his senior season when he led the team to the 2015 Midwest Regional Championship. At the conclusion of his career, Larkin took hold as the career record holder in stolen bases, walks, runs, and at-bats. Zak ranks in the top-10 all-time at Truman in hits, games played, hit by pitch, doubles, and assists.
Larkin graduated from Truman State in 2015 with a bachelors degree in exercise science and a minor in education and health sciences. Larkin is finishing up his masters in organizational leadership. Zak in engaged to his fiancee Aubrey Bailey and resides in St. Louis, Mo.