2016 Baseball
Record: 47-16 Home: 19-2 Away: 22-12 Neutral: 6-2 ICCAC: 22-6
2016 Baseball Coaches
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Travis Hergert
Head Coach
4th Season
Travis Hergert has a career record of 105-65 in his first three season as NIACC's head baseball coach.
Hergert won the 2013 ABCA/NJCAA Division II North Plains District coach of the year and won the 2-year college coach of the year by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association in 2013 and 2015.
In 2015, NIACC was 49-16 overall (school record for wins) and 20-8 in the ICCAC. The Trojans won the NJCAA Region XI tournament and claimed the North Plains District title to advance to the NJCAA Division II World Series for the second time in three seasons. Freshman shortstop Robbie Glendinning was honored with 1st-Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-American honors. Nine players from that squad were tabbed with All-Region XI honors.
In 2014, Hergert's squad finished 25-31 with a third-place finish in the NJCAA Region XI tournament, the second highest finish in school history. Freshman Ryan Moran led the Trojans offensivley and was named 1st Team All-Region for his efforts. Sophomore Nick Veale notched 5 victories on the mound for the Trojans. The Minnesota State University - Mankato signee placed himself second all-time in wins with 11. 
In 2013, NIACC was 31-18 overall and 13-11 in the ICCAC in Hergert's first season as the Trojans' head baseball coach after spending the previous eight seasons as the team's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
NIACC won the NJCAA Region XI tournament, won the North Plains district title and placed fifth at the NJCAA Division II World Series.
The 2013 pitching staff accumulated the 2nd best all-time staff ERA of 3.42. Anchored by hurlers Lucas Bakker (2.66), an Elon University signee, a 2nd-team All-NJCAA Region XI selection, and Tim Black (1.88), the Trojans pitching staff charged through the NJCAA Region XI and North Plains District tournaments, enroute to the school's first ever appearance in the NJCAA Division II World Series.
Black, a Central Michigan signee, spun one of the best performances in world series history, as he stuckout a series record 16 batters in the opening round victory, 2-0 over Madison College. Black was selected to the world series all-tournament team. Four pitchers from Hergert 2013 staff signed with NCAA Division I schools.
Since Hergert has skippered the program, 12 players have signed to play Division I baseball. Most recently highlighted by two players signing to the elite Southeastern Conference (SEC), Robbie Glendinning to the Univerisity of Missouri and Luke Becker to the University of Kentucky. 

In 2012, the NIACC pitching staff posted the lowest ERA as a team since Hergert's arrival in 2005. The Trojan pitching staff posted an ICCAC-leading 3.37 team ERA. Black posted a school record 1.88 ERA and was selected honorable mention all-region.
In eight seasons as the NIACC pitching coach, eight pitchers have been selected to the all-region team and eight have signed with NCAA Division I schools.

In his first season as pitching coach, Hergert's pitching staff posted a school record 39 wins and featured two NJCAA all-region XI selections, including pitcher of the year and Arizona State signee, Steve Salas. Salas was a 22nd round pick by the Anaheim Angels in the 2006 draft.

In 2006, Hergert helped two more pitchers to all-region honors. Luke Kalb earned 2nd-team honors, while Brian Prusinski received honorable mention.

The 2007 season featured two pitchers from the NIACC pitching staff to sign with NCAA Division I schools. Tom Heithoff and Jared Koch signed with Evansville University and South Dakota State University, respectively. Heithoff was named NJCAA Region XI Player of the Year and earned 3rd-Team All-American honors. Heithoff continued a very successful career at Evansville earning back-to-back 2nd-Team All-Missouri Valley honors as a utility player, and lead the MVC in saves for two consecutive seasons. Also that season, NIACC closer Zack Welter received NJCAA Region IX 2nd-Team all-region honors as a reliever while piling up a school record eight saves. Welter went on to be NIACC's all-time saves leader with 16.

After his pitching career, Hergert spent the 2004 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater Mount Mercy College (IA). He is also employed as the Director of Housing. He and his wife Kim and sons Brody and Owen reside in Mason City.

Hunter King
Assistant Coach
1st Season
Pete Lauritson
Assistant Coach
13th Season

Pete Lauritson is the program's hitting coach and recruiting coordinator in addition to handling all offensive duties, including coaching third base.

Lauritson has 13 years of collegiate coaching experience in addition to coaching or managing in the prestigious Northwoods League. He has given lessons too, coached, or managed over 30 Major League Baseball draft picks. Four of those have gone on to play in the major leagues including Dan Jennings (LHP, Miami Marlins), Ryan Goins (infielder, Toronto Blue Jays), Brandon Bantz (catcher, Washington Nationals), and James Jones (center fielder, Seattle Mariners).

Lauritson has turned the NIACC baseball program into an offensive power. NIACC led the ICCAC in team batting average for four conscutive seasons from 2004-07. In 2011, the Trojans were 2nd in the category. The Trojans were also ranked in the top 10 nationally three times from 2005 to 2008 with the 2005 team finishing 4th in the nation with a .357 average.

The 2013 Trojans made a miraculous run to the NJCAA Division II World Series and placed fifth.  Offensively, the 2013 team was amongst the leaders in the nation in on-base percentage, batting average, walks, and doubles.

In 2015, the Trojans (49-16 overall) were second in NJCAA Division II with 541 runs, second nationally with 82 home runs, second nationally with 507 RBIs and third nationally with 133 doubles.


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Shawn Schlechter
Assistant Coach
3rd Season

Before he became a coach at NIACC, from 2010-12, Shawn played for the Trojans and attended NIACC to pursue a degree in Business Sports Management. When done playing, Schlechter became a student assistant for the NIACC baseball program for the 2013 season. The 2013-14 season, Shawn would take a full time assistant coaching position and take charge of the Catchers and Outfielders while also assisting with offense and recruiting.

During the 2010-2013 summers, Shawn coached Minnesota Legion baseball. He spent two summers assisting in his hometown of Burnsville, and the following two summers assisting in the city of Apple Valley. All four teams made State Tournament appearances.

Outside of coaching baseball, Shawn works in the Student Housing Division at NIACC.