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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.
Pete Lauritson is the program's hitting coach and recruiting coordinator in addition to handling all offensive duties, including coaching third base.
Lauritson has 12 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.
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.