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imageJoe Bauth - Head Coach

  • ABCA Coach of the Year 1998, 2000 and 2003
  • NJCAA District Coach of the Year 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005
  • NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year 2005, 2006, 2011
  • Louisville Slugger Award for Coaching Excellence 1998, 2003, 2011
  • Erie Community College President's Award for Mentoring 1996
  • Member of NJCAA Executive Baseball Committee Secretary
  • NJCAA Executive Baseball Committee 2000 - 2003; Present
  • NJCAA All Stars Assistant Coach 1997
  • NJCAA Region III Coaches Association

With more than 800 career wins, Joe Bauth is in his 22nd season leading the Kats baseball program as one of the most successful coaches in the NJCAA. Bauth, who is the longest-tenured head coach in the athletics department, led the Kats to their sixth Region III title and fifth NJCAA World Series appearance in 2011. Bauth has guided ECC to 30-win seasons the past two campaigns and recorded his 800th career win when the Kats downed Finger Lakes CC, 11-3, on April 16, 2013.

The 2011 Kats went 30-18 and participated in the NJCAA World Series for the fifth time in Bauth's tenure. ECC went 2-2 to finish fourth for the third time in five trips. On the way to the World Series, the Kats twice defeated the nation's second-ranked team in the Region III Tournament. ECC has qualified for the Region III postseason 20 times in Bauth's 21 seasons. In 2012, ECC posted a 32-17 record and was the Region III Tournament runner-up.

In the 2011 fall campaign, ECC had six players named to the All-Western New York Athletic Conference team as the Kats again reached the WNYAC Tournament semifinals. The Kats finished a the WNYAC Tournament runners-up in 2012 as five players were chosen to the honor squad.

After taking over a winless program, Bauth has turned ECC into Region III's most consistent program. He has led the Kats to the NJCAA Division III World Series five times, finishing fourth three times. The Kats have entered the postseason as Region III's top seed and have reached the final four 11 times in the last 15 years. Bauth has been rewarded for his success by being named as the district coach of the year and the Louisville Slugger coach of the year three times.

imageTilo Mendiola - Assistant Head Coach

Tilo Mendiola enters his 20th season with the Kats' coaching staff and currently serves as the assistant head coach.

After a stellar career as a player for the Kats, Mendiola has been involved in many aspects of the program and works primarily with the hitters. He brings an aggressive approach to the team at the plate and on the bases. Mendiola's prowess allowed one of the to Kats to set the program's all-time career hit record and another lead the 2010 Western New York Athletic Conference regular season with a .480 batting average on his way to first-team all-WNYAC honors.

A native of Vera Cruz, Mexico, Mendiola was an All-Region III performer in 1993 after posting a .436 batting average and leading the Kats to their first of 19 consecutive regional appearances. Mendiola is still considered as one of the top hitters in the program's history.

He and his wife Joanne live in Williamsville with son Ricky and daughter Victoria.

imageJoe Mamott - Pitching Coach

Joe Mamott enters his 13th season as the Kats pitching coach. Mamott started his collegiate career at ECC as a member of Joe Bauth's first ECC team. After a four-year stint as ECC's pitching coach from 1998-2001, Mamott left the program but returned in the fall of 2004.

He has been part of four NJCAA World Series teams and has seen a countless number of his pitchers earn four-year scholarships, and two others sign professional contracts. Mamott had one member of his pitching staff earn All-Region III Tournament honors in 2011 while another led the NJCAA in earned-run average during the season. Two ECC pitchers have been second-team All-Western New York Athletic Conference selections the past two seasons.

A Lancaster High School graduate, Mamott played at ECC in 1992 before earning a scholarship to Canisius College. During his time at Canisius, Mamott would help lead the Griffs to their first-ever MAAC regular season championship in 1994. He threw a no-hitter against Siena in 1993 and finished third in NCAA Division I in strikeouts per nine innings (12.3) in 1994. Mamott also was a first-team All-Star in the New York Collegiate Baseball League in 1993 after throwing the league's only two no-hitters as part of the championship Little Falls Diamonds team.

Mamott was a sixth-round selection by the Boston Red Sox in 1994. He played three seasons in the Red Sox system. Mamott earned a degree in communications from Buffalo State College and a masters in education from Canisius. He has taught in the ECC physical education department.

He lives in Cheektowaga.

Matt Wietlispach - Assistant Coach

A former all-conference NJCAA player, Matt Wietlispach is in his first season with the Erie CC program. He will work with the Kats' outfielders and help with the hitters. Wietlispach was a two-time Skyway Conference selection at Elgin (Ill.) CC and helped the Spartans play in the 2007 and 2008 NJCAA Division II World Series where Elgin CC finished third (2008) and fifth (2007). He hit over .350 both seasons.

Following Elgin CC, he played two seasons at Niagara University, earning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference second-team honors in 2009 and was the recipient of the Taps Gallagher Sportsmanship Award. He served as the strength and conditioning coach at Oakton (Ill.) CC before becoming an assistant baseball coach and strength and conditioning coach at Parkland (Ill.) College.

Brandon Caboot - Assistant Coach

Brandon "Boot" Caboot enters his first season as a member of the Kats coaching staff. A former All-Region III second-team selection, he will work with the infielders and hitters.

A Bishop Timon St. Jude High School graduate, Caboot joined the ECC program and was named the 2009 team's most valuable player as a sophomore. During his ECC career, he hit .385 and is considered as one of the top leadoff hitters in the program's history.

 

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