MSU adds James Sheltrown to coaching staff


MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. talks with an umpire during warmups/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Sean Mullen, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING— Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. has announced that James Sheltrown will be joining the Spartan coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. He will work primarily with the Spartan infielders along with helping hitters.

Sheltrown held the same coaching position at Akron University for the 2020 season. He primarily worked with catchers and outfielders; Sheltrown has also coached summer baseball teams, along with being an individual instructor for ballplayers transitioning to the collegiate level out of high school. 

Sheltrown also graduated from Akron where he was a member of their baseball team from 2010-2014. He led the team in on-base percentage during his senior season with a .448 OBP. He was a captain on the squad in 2014 that led Akron to their first MAC Championship game since 1995.

He replaces former Spartan assistant coach Matt Rembielak, who left the Spartans to take an assistant coach position at Bowling Green. Sheltrown was teammates with Rembielak at Akron. 

Michigan State has yet to release its schedule for this coming season, but the official college baseball start date is set for Feb. 19. The Big Ten did announce that non-conference games would not be allowed for this coming season for the conference’s members. 

Prior to the cancellation of the 2020 season, the Spartans were 9-6.