It will not be just another line on the back of Jason Gendreau’s Topps baseball card.
It will be a different heading entirely.
Gendreau, who has coached at Eisenhower the past 10 seasons, is moving on to Notre Dame Prep in Pontiac.
“It’s another challenge. It is an opportunity to take on another program, one that we can build upon. It will be a second chance to build something like we created at Eisenhower,” said Gendreau.
He will continue to teach business education and technology at Eisenhower.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for myself, the coaching staff, and my family,” said the coach.
Jason and Nicole Gendreau have three children. All of them will attend Catholic schools.
“It was an unbelievably tough decision to leave the Eisenhower baseball program,” continued Gendreau. “It was a great 10 years and I will always appreciate the opportunity given to me a decade ago. The decision came down to what amounted to a tremendous opportunity and privilege to get a chance to work at Notre Dame Prep.”
He replaces Darren Audia, who resigned at the end of the 2017 season.
“We are very excited to add a coach that not only has the experience and success of Coach Gendreau but also someone we feel fits into our mission as a school,” said Betty Wroubel, the athletic director at Notre Dame Prep. “Coach Gendreau and his staff have a proven track record as is evidenced by the program they built Eisenhower. Over the past decade, Eisenhower has been consistently viewed as one of the best in the area. We believe his vision and leadership can help bring our program to another level.”
Gendreau’s record as the head coach at Eisenhower was 219-103. His Eagles finished second behind Stevenson in the MAC Red Division this past season. They were 11-4 in the league, and 30-8 overall. It was the first 30-win season in program history.
His Eisenhower teams won four district championships.
Gendreau was selected to coach the East squad at the annual Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game in 2016. While at Ike, his teams have fielded eight MHSBCA all stars, seven all state players, and more than 40 who have gone on to play in college.
Gendreau is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he played on the club baseball team. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He also holds a Master of Science degree in education administration from Saginaw Valley State. He is a member of the Michigan Education Association, Michigan Business Education Association and the MHSBCA.
Gendreau was a three-year varsity football and baseball player at Belding High School.
“What is it I like about baseball? It is a game that teaches you a lot about life and how to deal with it. Like in life, your success is directly related to how you respond to failure,” said Gendreau.
Gendreau will hold a meeting with players and parents the week of July 10. Joining him at ND Prep will be his varsity assistants from Eisenhower, Dave Fox and Gerry Druzinski. Druzinski was honored as assistant coach of the year by the MHSBCA in 2016.
Notre Dame Prep, which had been a member of the Catholic League, now plays an independent schedule.
“It’s my understanding that I can schedule whoever we want to schedule, at least for the time being,” said Gendreau.
That schedule could still possibly include MAC Red powerhouse Stevenson.
“What Jason did at Eisenhower was turn them into a team that is recognized in the county,” said Joe Emanuele, the Stevenson coach. “They were definitely one of our biggest rivals over the last 10 years. Jason upped the ante a little bit. We always had good games. They were always a tough team.”