July 24, 2014
CINCINNATI – Head coach Ty Neal and the University of Cincinnati baseball team have announced the addition of John Lackaff to the coaching staff. Lackaff spent the 2013-14 season as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Bearcats but will move forward as an assistant coach under Neal.
“John did a great job this past year as our Director of Operations,” said Neal. “He has so much to offer our program on the field and on the recruiting trail. It was a priority to get him in a coaching hat. He is a great person, a family man, a tireless worker and a great baseball guy. John and I played together in college at Miami (Ohio) before his professional career. He bleeds championship behavior, which is a daily expectation in our program.”
As an assistant coach, Lackaff will work primarily with the infielders.
“I cannot thank Coach Neal enough for the opportunity to join his coaching staff,” said Lackaff. “The University of Cincinnati is an amazing place with a tremendous academic reputation and world-class facilities. My family and I are thrilled to be part of a baseball program with a championship mindset and with the ultimate goal of making it to the College World Series.
“I am anxious to get to work with our current Bearcats and help recruit the best talent in the state of Ohio and beyond,” Lackaff added.
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.