Greg Gerland begins his 15th year on the Lakeland baseball coaching staff in 2019. Since 2005, Gerland has helped the Lakers claim four Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) championships while serving as pitching coach.
In 2013, Gerland’s staff posted a conference-best 4.65 earned run average (ERA) to help Lakeland claim a share of the regular season title. Freshman Brandon Easton was named OCCAC Pitcher of the Year in 2013 and then was selected in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins.
A Euclid High School graduate, Gerland played collegiate baseball at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. In his three years at Cumberland, Gerland went 24-11 on the mound and helped the Bulldogs claim three conference championships (1992, 1994 and 1995). Cumberland also made two trips to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series where it finished as runner-up in 1994 and third place in 1995.
Gerland is tied for fifth in Cumberland history in career wins with 24 in three seasons and holds the single-season shutout record with four during his senior season. Gerland ranks eighth in career strikeouts (171) and fifth in innings pitched (235.2) in his three years at Cumberland.
After graduating from Cumberland with a bachelor’s degree in education, Gerland spent one year with the Atlanta Braves organization in 1995-96.
Gerland, a corporate sales auditor for Progressive Insurance, currently resides in Euclid.