2014 Baseball
Record: 16-23 Home: 2-4 Away: 10-17 Neutral: 4-2 ICCAC: 6-12
2014 Baseball Coaches
Travis Hergert
Head Coach
2nd Season
Coach Hergert was 31-18 in his 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 Regional XI tournament, won the North Plains district title and placed fifth at the NJCAA Division II World Series in Hergert's initial season as head coach in 2013. 

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. Pitcher Tim 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 Division I schools.

In his first season as pitching coach, Hergert's pitching staff posted a school record 39 wins and featured two 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 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 2nd-Team All-Region as a reliever while racking 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 son Brody reside in Mason City.

Pete Lauritson
Assistant Coach
11th Season
Coach Lauritson is the program's hitting coach assists with recruiting.
Lauritson has turned the NIACC baseball program into an offensive power. NIACC has 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 ten three times from 2005 to 2008, with the 2005 team finishing 4th in the nation with a .357 average.

Lauritson helped two Trojans, Danny Reed and Tom Heithoff, to Region XI Player of the Year honors in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Lauritson guided Trojan All-American shortstop Erik Smith to a .469 batting average and 2nd Team All-American honors. In 2011, Northern Illinois signee Jordan Huffman lead the conference in RBI and was honored with 1st-team All-Region honors. Eleven of Lauritson's former NIACC hitters have gone on to play Division I baseball.

In 2008 and 2009, Lauritson served the Field Manager for the Waterloo Bucks in the Northwoods Collegiate Wood Bat League. He also served as the teams bench coach in 2007. This summer, Lauritson will be an assistant coach for the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League.


Shawn Schlechter
Assistant Coach
1st Season