Nic Mishler | Head Coach
Nic Mishler enters his first season as head coach after serving one season as pitching coach/recruting coordinador for the Bears.
Before coming to DMACC Mishler was at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana for five years where he coached both catchers, and pitchers as well as played a big part in their recruiting efforts. He was the catching coach for three-year starter Scott Kapers, who was selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers. Kapers became the eighth Valpo player drafted in nine years and Valpo's highest draft pick since 2011. Along with Kapers, Mishler coached four additional players that were selected in the MLB draft or signed pro contracts with an affiliated team.
Prior to his time at Valparasio University, Mishler spent two years at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as the bullpen coach and assisted with pitchers. While at Grand Canyon University he was part of a staff, led by Head Coach Andy Stankiewicz, that went to the NCAA Division II World Series. During his time at Grand Canyon University there were two different pitchers taken in the MLB draft as well as one Rawlings Gold Glove winner.
Mishler spent the summer of 2013 as pitching coach of the East Texas Pump Jacks of the Texas Collegiate League. He also worked with infielders and outfielders while with East Texas.
Mishler played two years of collegiate baseball at Kellogg Community College where he served as the teams closer and pitched in the Division II Junior College World Series. After KCC Mishler finished his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management at Grand Canyon University.
A native of Shipshewana, Indiana, Mishler graduated from Westview Jr. Sr. High School in 2009
Cam Johnson | Assistant Coach
Cameron Johnson enters his first year with the Bears as an assistant hitting coach. Johnson is also the strength and conditioning coach for the baseball team.
Before coming to DMACC, Johnson coached at Southeast Polk high school. Johnson helped coach the Rams to a successful 29 win season. Before coaching at Southeast Polk, Johnson helped coach at Ames High and Storm Lake St. Mary’s.
Johnson played at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Johnson was a part of over 120 wins over his four years at Buena Vista. He graduated from Buena Vista with a degree in Exercise Science. Johnson graduated from Southeast Polk in 2013.
Denny Barton | Assistant Coach
Coach Barton is entering his fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach at DMACC. He was the head coach at Urbandale High School in Urbandale Iowa from 1984-2015. His overall record was 776-517. This included 10 state tournament appearances and 2 state championships.
His honors have included:
Coach Barton has had great success with his association with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). These include
Coach Barton has spent over 55 years playing and coaching Baseball. The art of hitting a baseball has been a passion of his for each and every one of those years.
His family consists of his wife Pam, daughter Brooklyn, and son Jackson.
Danny Higginbotham | Assistant Coach
Danny Higginbotham is entering his first season as Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at DMACC.
Prior to DMACC, he spent the last two seasons as the Volunteer Assistant at South Dakota State University. At SDSU, he worked with the hitters, catchers, and coordinated camps.
Higginbotham spent his previous five summers coaching in the Coastal Plain League. Last summer, he led the Macon Bacon to their second consecutive playoff appearance and their first ever appearance in the Pettit Cup Championship Series. The two previous summers he managed the Martinsville Mustangs (2016, 2017) and his first summer he was the Pitching Coach for the Morehead City Marlins (2015). During his tenure in the CPL, he has mentored 18 players selected in the MLB Draft and accumulated over 100 wins.
Before his time at SDSU, he was an Assistant Coach at Iowa Central Community College. At ICCC, he worked with the catchers and hitters on a daily basis. During that season, the Tritons went (38-16) and were Region 11 Champions. Before joining the ICCC staff, Higginbotham spent two years at Arkansas Tech University as the Graduate Assistant.
During his playing career, Higginbotham caught at Arkansas Tech University from 2009-2011 where he earned Gulf South Conference Academic Honors in each of his three seasons. During his three years at ATU, they compiled a record of 88-65 and earned bids to the Gulf South Conference Tournament in 2010 and 2011. Higginbotham started his college playing career at Howard College in Big Spring, TX in 2008.
Coach Higginbotham is originally from Bedford, Texas. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University with his B.S. in Business Administration in 2011 and his M.S. in College Student Personnel in 2016.