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INDIANA CHIEFS 2013 COACHING STAFF

 

TODD IWEMA - MANAGER 16U

After a 3 year stint as the pitching coach for the 17u Chiefs, Coach Iwema takes over as the manager for the 16U chiefs.  This will be his first managers job since leaving Lake Central as the Head Baseball Coach.  Iwema spent 11 years at Lake Central compiling a 229 wins with 96 losses.  The biggest highlight for coach Iwema at Lake Central is that over 41 players went on to college or professional baseball in those 11 years.  In that same span, the Indians were able to capture 6 sectional and 3 regional titles.  Lake Central also qualified for two final four appearances in 2000 and 2004. 

 

Prior to Lake Central, Iwema led the Griffith Panthers. During Iwema's first season as a head coach, the Panthers captured the first Regional Championship in it's long baseball history.  At Griffith, coach Iwema's teams finished with a 62-55 record with a sectional and regional championship.  In his 15 year stint as a varsity baseball coach, Iwema was named the Times Coach of the Year twice, and the University of Indianapolis Alumni coach of the year twice.

 

Before entering the coaching profession, Iwema enjoyed a successful career as a player.  Iwema comes from Goshen Indiana were he helped lead the Redskins to Conference and Sectional Titles during his senior season.  Iwema was named All Conference during his junior and senior season. 

 

After High School, Iwema moved on to college baseball by attending National Power, Triton College.  After a one year stint at Triton, Iwema moved on to the University of Indianapolis.  During his junior and senior seasons, the Greyhounds were ranked in the national division II polls. 

 

After completing four years of collegiate eligibiliaty, Iwema was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers.  Stationed in historic Helena Montana, the Helena Brewers finished the season with a second place finish in the Pioneer League.  Iwema finished his minor league season with 17 appearances and a 3.93 era with one save.  He also averaged 9.53 strikeouts per nine innings.

 

Coach Iwema is married to Leslie (Rossa) Iwema, has a daughter (Alexa) and resides in Saint John, Indiana. Coach Iwema teaches computers at Lake Central High School.

 

JIM TUCKER - MANAGER 15U

Coach Tucker is entering his second season as manager of the 15U Chiefs. Jim spent one year as pitching coach for the 17U team before taking the reigns of his own team in 2014 with the 14U Chiefs. Coach Tucker has enjoyed his time as an assistant coach with the Indiana Saints and has also served as a member of the coaching staff at Purdue University Calumet during their first year of competition. Jim was in charge of the pitching staff during his duties with the Peregrines.

Prior to coaching, Tucker played four years at the Varsity level at Calumet High School in Gary, Indiana. He earned All-Conference Honors his final three years along with an All- Area nod his senior season. Tucker played his summer ball at Riverside Park with the Indiana Chiefs from 2006-2008 before committing to play at Chicago State University.


Coach Tucker spent five years at Division I Chicago State University. While pitching for the Cougars, Jim spent his junior season sidelined for Tommy John surgery. Prior to the surgery, Coach Tucker had a highlight win, tossing a complete game victory against 12th ranked Pepperdine in Malibu, California during his freshman campaign. After successfully rebounding from Tommy John surgery, Tucker was part of a pitching staff that warranted the lowest E.R.A in over 20 years at Chicago State.


Coach Tucker is engaged to Mysta Townsell and currently resides in Gary, Indiana. He teaches English/ Language Arts at St. Mary's Catholic Community School in Crown Point, IN.

 

JIM NOHOS - MANAGER 14U

Jim has been a mainstay in Region Baseball with many stops along the way. Coach Nohos has lead several programs across the region with stops with the Indiana Playmakers, Indiana Chiefs, Hammond Seminoles, Hanover Central, and the Indiana Saints. Along with his head coaching duties, Jim has been a top assistant coach at Lake Central, Hammond Gavit, Indiana Chiefs, and at the collegiate level with Prairie State.

 

In 2010, Jim Nohos was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the BCA (Baseball Coaches Association) that covers seven state in the Midwest. Coach Nohos received the award at the BCA National Coaching Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Along with his coach duties, Coach Nohos has spent thousands of hours working with players to help them reach their potential as a lead instructor at Dave Griffin's Baseball School in Griffith, Indiana. Jim has spent 15 years instructing players at the Northwest Indiana Baseball School.

 

Jim is a graduate of Hammond High and married the fromer Yvonne Schneider, a 1988 Andrean graduate. Jim and his family are members of St. John Evangelist Church and have three children; Cameron, Audrey and Eleanor. Jim is a teacher at St. John Evangelist grade school.

 

SAL AGUILAR - MANAGER 13U

The Indiana Chiefs would like to welcome Coach Sal Aguilar back to the region. Coach Aguilar graduated from Griffith High School in 1998 where he played for current 16u coach, Todd Iwema. Sal has also been a major fixture in the Chiefs Baseball Program as a player and a coach. He played for the Seminoles in 1997, and the Chiefs from 1998 to 1999. The 1998 team advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series. Sal returned the Chiefs after his playing career to lead the 2001 Hammond Seminoles to the 16 year old Babe Ruth World Series.

 

Coach Aguilar headed to Houston Texas to finish his education. He graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2006 with a BA in History Education. Sal began his teaching career at Milstead Middle School in Houston in 2008. In 2010 Coach Aguilar moved to Clear Springs High School where he taught History for four years.

 

Coach Aguilar rekindled his coaching career at Clear Springs by coaching Baseball and Football for the Chargers. The Chargers captured 2 district titles during his 4 year stint with the baseball program. In 2010 Clear Springs advanced to the Quarter Finals of the Texas State Baseball Tournament.

 

Sal will be teaching at St John The Evangelist Catholic School this fall working with 6th through 8th Grade History.