Justin Huisman is a former MLB pitcher with the Kansas City Royals and current head coach of the Trinity Christian College baseball program.
Huisman played at the University of Mississippi from 1997 to 2000, earning honors as an infielder and closer, breaking the single-season saves record his sophomore year and surpassing his own mark the next year. Huisman also broke the career saves records at Mississippi and earned All-American honors as a third baseman his freshman year.
Huisman was drafted as a junior in the 15th round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. In four seasons with the Rockies, he posted ERAs of 1.86, 1.70, 1.57 and 1.75. Huisman also notched 30 saves and 22 saves in A, and 26 saves in AA setting a new team record, making All-Star teams for the South Atlantic, Carolina and Texas Leagues. Huisman made his MLB debut on April 25, 2004.
After pitching professionally for 8 seasons, Huisman began coaching. In 2005 and 2006, he served as an assistant coach at Concordia University. He became the head coach at Trinity Christian College in 2010 and has led his program to conference tournament and national tournament appearances. TCC’s first NAIA appearance was in 2013 and in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the team earned a bid to the NCCAA National Championship. In 2016, TCC were the NCCAA North Central Region Champions and set a school record for most wins in a season with a 37-24-1 finish. In 2018, they were the CCAC Tournament Champions for the first time in the program’s history and advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. In 2019, the team was 32-23-1 overall and 18-10-1 in the conference, finishing in the top five, ending the season second overall for team batting and fourth for team pitching. His team also won the NCCAA North Central Region and advanced to the NCCAA World Series.
Huisman completed his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Purdue University-Calumet in 2009. He received a master’s degree in Sport Management from Liberty University in 2017.