A graduate of Ithaca College, Michael Notebaert will start his 13th year at USMMA in 2018-19. He has spent the past ten seasons at the helm of the Merchant Marine baseball program after serving as an assistant coach for the Mariners in his first two years at the Academy. He was also an assistant coach with Ithaca College's junior varsity squad for the 2003 season.
In March 2014, in addition to his duties as Head Baseball Coach, Notebaert was named Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Events. He is charged with scheduling facility usage; ensuring the facilities are up to date and maintained, while assisting in project and event management.
In his ten years at the helm the Mariners, Notebaert has become the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program. He has guided Merchant Marine to five trips to the Landmark and Skyline Conference Tournament, including a berth in the 2009 and 2018 Championship Games. While in route to the Championship Game in 2018, Notebaert led the Mariners to School Record 28 victories.
Under Notebaert the Mariners have also captured their first-ever Regular Season Conference Championship in 2013, finishing tied atop the Landmark Conference standings. Notebaert also coached the Academy's first conference player of the year in 2013 and first conference pitcher of the year in 2018. He has coached a total four (4) All-America Selections, One COSIDA Academic All-American, twelve (12) All-New York Region and 26 All-Conference players in his 10 years as the Merchant Marine Head Coach.
Notebaert has twice been named the Landmark Conference Coach of the Year (2009 & 2013) and is a two-time recipient of the Academy's Bill Omeltchenko Coach Of the Year Award (2009 & 2012). Under Notebaert, the USMMA baseball team has won the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award since the inception of the award in 2016. The team has also won the Dean’s Award for highest team GPA at USMMA three times (2011, 2016, and 2018).
Notebaert just recently completed his MBA in Leadership & Management at Dowling College. He now resides with his wife Veronica, son Andrew and daughter Natalie in East Meadow, N.Y.