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ATHENS, Ohio -- Former Bobcat standout catcher Nick Bredeson has been added to the Ohio baseball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach, as announced by seventh-year head coach Rob Smith today.
Bredeson played for the Bobcats for five seasons (2013-17). He fought through and overcome numerous injuries over his five years in Athens to become Ohio's starting catcher and a valued leader in the dugout. After playing in a career-high 42 games as a freshman in 2014, he was limited by injuries over the next two years. In 2017, he returned to the field and set career highs in hits (31), doubles (8), runs scored (14) and RBIs (21) while helping direct an Ohio pitching staff that ranked among as one of the best in the Mid-American Conference as the Bobcats went on to win the 2017 MAC tournament championship. He was also a member of Ohio's 2015 MAC tournament championship team. Unfortunately, his 2018 senior campaign was cut short due to an injury. At the time his season ended, he ranked second on the team with a .312 batting average and third with 24 hits.
"We're really excited to add Nick to the staff," said Smith. "As a player who has been in the program, he's been a part of two MAC championships. He's got a great feel for what it is we're trying to do here, and I know that he's very well respected by the players. He's certainly going to have an impact for us."
A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Bredeson earned his undergraduate degree in sport management from Ohio in 2017 and is pursuing a graduate degree in coaching education.