2009 Season - Assistant Coaches
Tim McChesney will begin his fifth season as the pitching coach at Augustana. McChesney, who had been the head coach at Black Hawk Junior College since 1995, joined the Vikings in the summer of 2004. He compiled a record of 279-174 in nine seasons at Black Hawk, winning five Arrowhead Conference championships. He coached 41 all-conference players, 27 all-region honorees and 49 academic all-conference selections during that time frame. He also led Black Hawk to second place in the Illinois Region IV tournament twice (1996 and 2002). He served as the head coach of the Rock Island Legion Post #200 team for three seasons (2000-02) winning the district in 2000 and 2002. Prior to that he was an assistant coach from 1997-99, helping Post #200 place third in the American Legion World Series in 1997 after winning the district, state and regional titles. He also worked as an assistant coach at Davenport Assumption in 1995 and Rock Island High School from 1992-95. McChesney played collegiately at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois and Western Illinois. He was team captain twice at Western and was the Leathernecks "Pitcher of the Year" in 1990. He was the "Pitcher of the Year" at Lincoln in 1989 and served as team captain and was named to the all-state team.
John Furlong is in his 11th year as an assistant coach for the Vikings in baseball. Furlong, who at one time was both the head baseball and football coach at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, has been a fixture at Augustana since 1990. He coached the defensive backs and was the recruiting coordinator for the football team from 1993 until 2003. He now serves as the athletics department recruiting coordinator and is the junior varsity baseball coach. Furlong is a graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and during his eight year stint as the head football coach at St. Ambrose he had the Fighting Bees in the NAIA playoffs three times.
Jorge Acosta will begin his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Vikings. Acosta is a 2005 graduate of Augustana where he played under Coach Wallace. He was a four time letterwinner for the Vikings and was a team captain his senior season. He finished his career with the most at-bats (550) in school history as well as finishing in the top ten career list in stolen bases, walks, runs-batted-in and triples. Jorge currently resides in Rock Island, Illinois where he acts as an admissions counselor here at Augustana. He is a native of Rock Falls, Illinois where he attended Rock Falls High School.
Alex Veloz is in his fourth year as an assistant coach for the Vikings. He was an all-conference and all-region performer at Black Hawk College in 1997 while playing for current Augustana pitching coach Tim McChesney. After graduating from Black Hawk he played two years at the University of St. Francis in Joliet where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. The former United Township High School standout served as an assistant coach at Black Hawk from 2000-04. He is also the head coach of the East Moline American Legion team. Alex and his wife Leann have two daughters: Anastasia and Annabelle. He is currently the branch manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.