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Paynesville's Skoglund receives Dick Siebert award

MINNEAPOLIS -- Paynesville High School baseball coach Brad Skoglund was awarded the Dick Siebert Award by the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association at their annual banquet on Saturday in Minneapolis.

The annual award is given to a coach who has served Minnesota high school baseball with distinction, professionalism, involvement and longevity. The award is named after the legendary baseball coach at the University of Minnesota.

Skoglund is currently ranked 36th all-time in wins amongst Minnesota baseball coaches with a 339-184 record over 25 years, which is eighth among active coaches. The Bulldogs have won 10 conference titles, 11 sub-section and three section championships in his tenure.

Paynesville won the state consolation title in 2002, the state title in 2005, and was state runner-up in 2006. He also coached the Paynesville American Legion baseball team for 15 years with five state trips, winning the 2003 Division II championship in Ely.

He's currently in charge of the Paynesville Little League and the Junior Legion programs.

Skoglund is a 1978 graduate of Willmar High School. He played baseball at Willmar Community College and at Southwest State University. The Minnesota Twins signed him out of a mass free-agent tryout camp at the Metrodome in 1982. He played two seasons in the Twins minor league system at Wisconsin Rapids, the second year under current Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.

He received a plaque at the annual banquet held at the Ramada Plaza. Former Twins GM Terry Ryan and Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer were guest speakers.

Brad and the former Terry Westby have been married for 20 years. They have two daughters. Jackie, who pitched for the Bulldogs fast-pitch team, is a freshman at Ridgewater College and Lexie is a high school freshman.