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John Lackaff
John Lackaff

Position:
Assistant Coach


Lackaff spent the 2013-14 season as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Bearcats before being hired as an assistant coach in July, 2014.

He came to Cincinnati after a stint at his alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University, where he performed duties as the volunteer assistant coach in 2013.

Lackaff was drafted in the 15th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox and spent seven years in professional baseball. He was named the Chicago Area Minor League Player of the Year in 2001 and was a member of the 2003 Carolina League Champion Winston-Salem Warthogs. He ended his playing days in 2006 after three years with the Joliet Jackhammers of the independent Northern League.

For his professional career, Lackaff batted .264 with 30 home runs and 232 RBIs. He set third-baseman fielding percentage records for the South Atlantic League in 2001 (.970) and the Northern League in 2004 (.970) and was selected as a Northern League all-star in 2006.

As a collegian, Lackaff earned three varsity letters at MU from 1998-2000, earning first team all-conference honors as a junior. During his junior season he set school records for RBIs (67) and total bases (140). He was named to the All-Mid-American Conference all-tournament team after a runner-up finish in 1998 and named the tournament MVP in 2000, helping the RedHawks to the title. Over his three seasons at Miami, Lackaff batted .315 with 41 doubles, two triples and 25 homeruns. He drove in 128 runs and scored 137 times.

In addition, Lackaff spent his freshman year as a walk-on member of the Miami men's basketball team. He earned his Bachelor's degree in health and sport studies in 2003.

Lackaff resides in Cincinnati with his wife, Carly, and two sons Johnny and Liam.