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. Hergert has a career record of 56-49 as he enters his 3rd season as the Trojans skipper.
NIACC won the NJCAA Region 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. Hergert's squad finished 25-31 in 2014 with a 3rd place finish in the Region XI tournament, the 2nd highest finish in school history.
The 2013 pitching staff turned the 2nd best all-time staff ERA of 3.42. Anchored by hurlers Lucas Bakker (2.66), 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.
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.