Men's Baseball Coaching Staff
Roger Christensen - Head Coach
Roger began his coaching career here at Mott Community College serving as an assistant for the 2013-2014 year; following that year he was chosen as the next Head Coach for the Bears program. Roger’s playing career started at local Clio High School where he was a standout in baseball. Following high school he attended Mott Community College and played under Coach Shawn Brown and Tim Weeks for his first two years. As a freshman here at Mott he received the NJCAA Division II Rawlings National Gold Glove Award and earned the conference’s defensive player of the year. Roger’s second year he was elected captain and earned all-conference honors.
After his career at Mott, he transferred to Tiffin University where he played under Coach Lonny Allen and Joe Wilkins. Roger played in the prestigious Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League following his junior year for the Stark County Terriers where he was the starting second baseman. His senior year at Tiffin, Roger was again elected captain and earned a spot on the All-GLIAC Academic Excellence team. He finished his collegiate career at Tiffin and received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Athletic Administration.
During the year when Roger is not coaching he works in the Financial Aid department at Mott Community College. Roger has many goals here at Mott; one being that his players earn a degree at Mott Community College and transfer to receive their bachelor’s, two is that the Flint community can come together and bring baseball back to the city, three is to bring a national championship in baseball back to Mott Community College.
After Roger’s first year at the helm, he led the team to the second highest batting average ever posted for the Bears as well as led them to their second straight regional appearance. Winning one game in regional play the Bears ended with a 25-19-1 record under the first year of Coach Christensen.
Michael Tews - Assistant Head Coach
This is Mike’s first season as the Assistant Head Coach for the Mott Bears. Coach Tews attended Clarkston High School where he was on the varsity ski team all three years of high school, as well as the varsity baseball team, serving as a pitcher his junior and senior years.
After graduating from high school he attended Central Michigan University where he played on the men’s varsity baseball team from 1987-1990, winning two Mid- American Conference Championships in 1988 and 1990. The ’88 team went 47-16 and the ’90 team went 38-18 setting numerous CMU records.
After graduation from college he was the Assistant Coach for Clarkston’s varsity baseball team for the 1991-92 season.
Other baseball facts: Coach Tews was hired as a body double to perform the pitching duties for Anthony Michael Hall in Billy Crystal’s baseball movie *61, the story about Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle’s run to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. He also was cast as a pitcher in the Paramount movie Hardball with Keanu Reeves and did a Ford Lincoln Mercury commercial with then Detroit Tiger Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.
Mike has spent the past 19 years in the office of Institutional Advancement for Mott Community College where he is the college’s graphic designer and photographer. He also moonlights as the MCC Athletic Department’s Sports Information director.
His wife Jennifer is a counselor in the Lake Fenton school district. Together they have a daughter Megan who played volleyball for MCC in 2015 and is now a junior at Northern Michigan University studying Nursing and son Nolan, who is a freshman at Western Michigan University and recipient of the WMU Medallion scholarship.
Shawn Brown - Assistant Coach
Shawn was Head Coach from 2008-2012, which in his 2nd season he guided the Bears to its 1st overall winning season in 10 years never finishing below .500 in the Michigan Community Athletic Conference. Over the 4 seasons he helped 26 players, the most in history, move on to the university level including schools such as MSU, EMU, SVSU, and Western Illinois.
Shawn played for Mott College in 1994-1996, earning All Conference honors in 1994. He was also captain in 1994 and led in innings, strikeouts, and wins. He was the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter and threw three no-hitters against Rochester College, St. Clair, and Highland Park. Shawn graduated from Mott with degrees in General studies, Arts, Marketing, and Management. Shawn graduated from Davison High School in 1993, where he was an All-Conference pitcher and pitched for Saginaw Valley State University. During the off season, he also instructs baseball camps at Michigan State University and Davison High School. Shawn’s other passion is hockey. In 1997, he was invited to play for Saginaw Lumber Kings of the CHL, but opted to continue playing baseball and get his education at SVSU. Shawn is married Lanie.
Shawn is very thankful to have played and coached with some of the best coaches over the years and has gained much knowledge from them. They include Tim Rye (currently at Davison High), John and Ernie Myers (Bears coaches), Walt Head (SVSU), Dan Shelton (SVSU), Dan LaNoue (former Detroit Tiger and Mott coach), Tim Weeks (Mott coach) and finally Roger Foutch (coach of the Halo-Foutch team).
During the year, when Shawn is not coaching, he is taking on multiple tasks at the college as a field manager of Kearsley Park, fitness center tech, bus driver, facilities conservator of Mott sports memorabilia, and does various PR work for City of Flint.
Shawn has three goals, one is obviously for the Bears players to get an education, for them to win on the field and in life, and to finish what Ernie Myers and the Mott Bruin Club started in 1994, and has finally come together in 2007, to finish restoring the Kearsley Park Baseball Field. He would also like to get the City Baseball League West’s All-Time Win Leader, Tom Sharon, John Myers, and Ron Myers into the Greater Flint Hall of Fame!
Ryan Vince - Assistant Coach
Coach Ryan Vince is from Flushing, MI. This is his first year as a coach on the team as a Graduate Assistant. He previously spent two seasons on the pitching staff at Mott Community College in 2014 and 2015. During his time at Mott he also received his Associates in General Studies and then went on to Northwood University where he received his Bachelors in Sports Management in the winter of 2017.