The Crowder Roughriders have added two assistant coaches for the 2018-19 season: Jason Immekus and Nick Doughty.
Immekus pitched collegiately at Independence Community College and then at NCAA Division II Washburn, and he's been the pitching coach at Crowder three years previously (2000-02) as well as both Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State. Immekus most recently served as the pitching coach for Pitt State, who finished 33-21 overall last season under former head coach Tom Myers en route to their first NCAA-II regional appearance since 2002.
Doughty, who played collegiately at Neosho County, Northwestern State, and Missouri Southern, had served as an assistant at NJCAA Division II Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois. The Braves were 35-17 overall last season.
Immekus and Doughty join the Crowder staff after Kyle Williams departed for NCAA-II Cameron (Oklahoma).
Immekus pitched three seasons (2000-02) for the Richmond Roosters and the Kalamazoo Kings in the independent Frontier League and he was included in the Mike Shannon book "Everything Happens in Chillicothe: A Summer in the Frontier League with Max McLeary, the One-Eyed Umpire," where he was described as the Roosters' secret knuckleball-throwing weapon.
Immekus graduated from Carthage High. His career has also included being the head coach of the Joplin Outlaws, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Crowder's rival Jefferson, and pitching coach for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League.
Immekus is a member of the Roughrider Hall of Fame.
Doughty, a Raytown High alumna, played his final college season at Missouri Southern in 2013. An outfielder, Doughty batted .294 (48 for 163) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 32 RBI.
The Lions finished 34-22 that season and reached the NCAA-II regional after winning the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association postseason tournament on a walk-off home run by Sam Ryan against Missouri Western.
Immekus served as the pitching coach on that 2013 Missouri Southern team.
Doughty played his first two collegiate seasons at Neosho County and in his sophomore season, Doughty hit .395 in 60 games with 55 RBI and 28 doubles.
Doughty then played his junior season at NCAA-I Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana. In his one season as a Demon, Doughty hit .264 in 25 games.