TJ Marik is in his first season as the Northwest Indiana Oilmen manager in 2021.
Marik is an assistant coach at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., where he works under head coach Adam Enright, who was on the Oilmen coaching staff for seven seasons including four years as manager and is the winningest manager in franchise history.
Marik’s college coaching career also includes stops at Saint Leo University and Roosevelt University. He was the head coach of Top Tier Baseball LLC from May 2018 to June 2019 and has prior summer baseball experience as an assistant coach for the Rockford Rivets of the Northwoods League during the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Marik graduated from Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Ky. in December 2018 with a degree in organizational leadership after being named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List in 2018. Before joining the Norse, the former Division-I catcher started his collegiate career at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.
Marik coached a pair of all-conference second team honorees while serving as the top assistant coach at Roosevelt in 2019. He spent the COVID-shortened 2020 season as the first base coach at Saint Leo. Marik joined the Rockford Rivets in 2019 as the hitting and catching coach and led the team to a 33-win season, the second highest victory total in franchise history. He returned for a second season in 2020 and helped the Rivets shatter the Northwoods League record for runs scored in a game (28). The team was ranked as the fifth-best summer collegiate team by D1Baseball.com. He instructed four top 150 college draft prospects during the 2020 summer.
Marik joins an Oilmen franchise that has finished with a winning record and qualified for the MCL playoffs in all nine years of its existence. The Oilmen are coming off their sixth MCL Championship Series appearance in 2020 and have won three league championships.