A graduate of Ithaca College, Michael Notebaert is in his 14th year at USMMA. He has spent the past eleven 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 eleven 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 seven 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. During the 2019 campaign, the Mariners matched the school record with 28 victories and set a school record with 15 All-Region Selections among the ABCA, D3baseball.com, and the ECAC New York Region.
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 only conference pitcher of the year in 2018 and 2019. He has coached a total four (4) All-America Selections, One COSIDA Academic All-American, eleven (11) American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region selections, ten (10) D3baseball.com All-Region Sections, six (6) ECAC All-Region sections, and 34 All-Conference players in his 11 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 completed his MBA in Leadership & Management at Dowling College in 2009. He now resides with his wife Veronica, son Andrew and daughter Natalie in East Meadow, N.Y.