enters his 34th year as head coach of the Andrean Fighting 59ers. In 33 years he has racked up a record of 807 – 248 with a .764 winning percentage, ranking him 6th of all active coaches for winning percentage and 2nd in the state among active coaches in career wins. Included in the 779 wins are 23 sectional titles, 10 regional titles, 4 state final appearances, 1 state runner-up and 3 state championship. In the nine years in the Lake Athletic Conference, Andrean has won 4 LAC championships and 5 LAC tourney championships and had a 40 game conference winning streak. In the five years as a member of the Northwest Crossroads Conference, Andrean has had a 27 game winning streak and have won the conference championship all five years.
A 1971 Andrean graduate, Pishkur played second base and shortstop on the 59ers first baseball team under the guidance of Nick Crnkovich. The 1970 squad was the Northwest Conference Champions. Pishkur attended Purdue Calumet, earning 6 letters in baseball and golf. He was an all-conference first team selection as a golfer. In February of 1995 he received the Purdue University Calumet Alumni athlete of the Year.
Under Pishkur’s direction, the 59ers have sent seven players into the professional ranks, over 90 players went on to be collegiate baseball players and three have been drafted. In 1987 Derrick Davis was a 32ndround draft choice of the Chicago White Sox and in 2005, Greg Yersich was a 7th round selection by the Minnesota Twins and Mike Ryan, a 26th round pick by the Atlanta Braves and Ryan Dineen was drafted in the 24th round by the Houston Astros. He has coached two L.V. Phillips State Mental Attitude Award recipients, Nick Stockwell ‘2004 and Tommy Finn ‘2005.
During Andrean’s early development into a top-notch program, it became necessary to compile a competitive schedule. In recent years Andrean searched Indiana and Illinois to find the right type of opponents. Andrean has played 27 teams that have been former state champions: LaPorte, Penn, South Bend Clay, Lafayette Harrison, Lafayette Jefferson, Lafayette Catholic Central, McCutcheon, Munster, Logansport, Indianapolis Cathedral, Norwell, Bishop Noll, Jasper, F.W. Northrup, Evansville Memorial, Western and New Palestine from Indiana; Thornwood, Andrew, Providence Catholic, New Trier, Joliet Catholic, Lockport, Naperville Central, Oak Park, Marian Catholic and Sandburg from neighboring Illinois.
Coach Pishkur’s highlights include coaching 21 Indiana North All-Stars, 24 All-State players and 10 members of the Academic All-State team. He has coached Team Indiana, (The Indiana High School Junior All-Star team) in the Midwest Classic featuring teams from Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Colorado, Michigan and Massachusetts all 11 years of the tournament existence.
In the summer of 2003, Pishkur was the head coach for the North/South All-Star Classic held in Fort Wayne where the North squad took two out of three from the South. Clayton Richards (San Diego Padres) and Jeff Samardzija (Chicago Cubs) were part of the North roster. The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association has named Pishkur Regional Coach of the Year in 1985, 1994, 1997 and 2008. In 1993, 1994, 1997, 2005 and 2010 the Times newspaper named him Coach of the Year. The Post-Tribune named Coach of the year in 2003 and 2005. Dave was selected the 2004 Indiana Baseball Coaches Association Nominee for the National Federation Coach of the Year.
In 2005, 2009 and 2010 he was selected the 3A State Coach of the Year and on January 20, 2006 he was inducted into the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Andrean Sports Hall of Fame and Andrean Baseball Hall of Fame. Coach Pishkur has spoken at the BCA National Clinic in Chicago, as well as the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Coach Pishkur is married to the former Gretchen Wellman for 28 years. They are the proud parents of three children, Ryne – 27, Courtney – 24, and Mark – 20. They are members of St. Mary Parish in Crown Point.
is a 2000 graduate of St. Mary's in Crown Point, a 2004 graduate from Andrean High School, and a recent graduate of Indiana University Northwest where he majored in history. Ryne played football, basketball and baseball as a freshman before concentrating on baseball where he was a starter on the state final four qualifying in 2003 and the school's first ever state championship game appearance in 2004. In 2005, Ryne was co-head coach of the freshman team who finished with a record of 18-8. He rejoined the baseball staff in 2008 as a varsity assistant and has stayed in that capacity up to the present season (a stretch that included a 3A IHSAA State Championship in 2009 and 2010 and a top 25 national ranking at the conclusion of the "09 season). Ryne has also been an assistant JV/varsity basketball coach in the girl's program (2008), a freshman boys' basketball coach (2009), and has been an assistant junior varsity boys' basketball coach in each of the last two seasons at Andrean ('10 and '11). Ryne works part-time for the Lake County Government and plans on pursuing his master's degree this fall. Ryne will be the head coach this summer for the Hammond Seminoles.
begins his 4th year as the assistant varsity coach at Andrean High School. He is a 2005 graduate of Andrean, and a 2009 graduate of Northwestern University, where he majored in Communications Studies. While at Andrean, Tommy was a four-year letter winner in baseball and football, and a three year letter winner in basketball. He was a three time all-area selection in baseball and football and two time honorable mention in basketball. As a senior, Tommy led his football and baseball teams to state titles for the first time in school history and earned 1st team all-state honors in both sports. He was selected to the Indiana North/South All-Star game in both football and baseball and finished Indiana runner-up for Mr. Football and Mr. Baseball. He was the L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Winner for baseball in 2005.
Tommy went on to play collegiate baseball at Northwestern University, where he was a two time Academic All Big Ten selection and a 4 year starter. He was selected "Freshman of the Year" by his teammates in 2006. He led his team his senior year in doubles, walks and at bats. Tommy finished 4th in career at bats and 4th all-time in games played while finishing as the all-time leader in sacrifices in Northwestern history. Tommy was a two-time Deans list recipient while at Northwestern. Tommy is a sales and service representative for Crown Products and Services, LLC and currently resides in Crown Point with his wife, Britney.
begins his 6th year as part of the Andrean coaching staff. He has served as an assistant coach at Hammond Gavit, Lake Central, Hammond Chiefs and Prairie State College while serving as the head coach for the Playmakers, Seminoles, Hanover Central and the Saints. Jim is a graduate of Hammond High and married the fromer Yvonne Schneider, a 1988 Andrean graduate. Jim received the assistant coach of the year by the BCA (Baseball Coaches Association) covering seven states in the Midwest in December, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee at the High School National Baseball Convention. They 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.
begins his 3rd year at Andrean as an assistant baseball coach. He is a 2006 graduate of Andrean and was a member of the 2004 State Champioship Football Team, as well as the 2005 State Championship Baseball team. Chris lettered in three sports while at Andrean, football, basketall and baseball earning seven letters. Chris attended Purdue University - West Lafayette after high school, where he majored in Biology Education. He has coached varsity football at Andrean for the last five years. Chris is in his second year as a teacher at Andrean in the Science department. Chris is married to 2007 Andrean graduate Meagan Stickler.
attended St. Joseph the Worker School in Glen Park and was a three year letter winner at AHS from 1976-1978 before graduating from Crown Pint High School in 1979. He pitched in the San Diego minor league system from 1982-1987 after being selected by the Padres in the second round of the MLB June draft. Joe was selected an participated with Team USA in the World Baseball Game in Japan in 1980. In 1980 and 1981, he was named first team All-ACC pitcher with North Carolina State University. In 1990, Joe graduated from IUN with a BA in Secondary Education. He currenly works for Arcelor Mittal Steel. Joe also is an assistant coach for the Andrean Girls' Basketball program. Joe lives in Crown Point and is married to he former Kathy Pishkur (1979 Andrean grad). They have two children, Kelsie (2011 Andrean grad) and Joe (2013). They are members of St. Mary's Parish in Crown Point.
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