After spending the previous four years starting on the left side of Valpo's infield, West Hills, Calif. native Sam Shaikin joined the team's coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in June 2019.
A 2019 Valpo graduate with a degree in business management, Shaikin clubbed 21 home runs and drove in 106 over his 187 career games. He finished ninth in program history in runs scored with 133, while his home run total is tied for ninth. Shaikin also had a propensity for drawing walks during his playing days, ranking third in program history with 104 bases on balls.
Shaikin, who ranks fifth in program history with 392 assists, will serve as the team’s infield coach. He was a member of the 2018 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List by College Baseball Foundation for an award that goes to the top shortstop in the nation. Shaikin started his career in style in 2016, when he was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.