Glen Oaks Community College has named Joel Mishler as its new athletic director, replacing Mike Rasmussen, who recently accepted the principal position at Branch Area Career Center.
Mishler was the Glen Oaks Vikings baseball coach from 1992 to 2002. His winning teams advanced to regional competitions for nine consecutive years, however, it was in the spring of 2000 when the team won regionals, and the Vikings took third place nationally in National Junior College Athletic Association Division II.
Mishler attended Westview High School and later studied at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, graduating with a degree in business management. After college he owned and operated a restaurant, bakery, and bed and breakfast business in Shipshewana for 21 years (1981- 2002). Mishler also taught business classes for the past 18 years at Northwood High School in Nappanee, Indiana, part of the Wa-Nee Community School System.
Currently, Mishler is an MLB scout for the Tampa Bay Rays, and has scouted for the Miami Marlins and Orioles off and on over the past 25 years.
A baseball enthusiast, Mishler founded and ran the Indian Chargers Academy and Teams for 13 years (2006–2019) a baseball/college development organization out of Northern Indiana that has helped over 200 participants go on to play college baseball. He mentored more than 15 of the organization’s college-age coaches to become college and high school coaches.
Mishler was inducted into the Glen Oaks Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020. He will begin his position at Glen Oaks on August 2.