WILLMAR — Tyler Hebrink is Ridgewater College’s new head baseball coach.

The 2010 BOLD graduate officially starts in January when the Warriors begin practice for the 2020 season.

Hebrink spent the past three seasons as assistant baseball coach at recruiting coordinator at St. Cloud Technical & Community Colleges. The Cyclones have had a 94-23 record the past three seasons and have had three NJCAA All-Americans, three MCAC Player of the Year award winners and one NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.

“I am extremely excited and thankful to be the next head baseball coach at Ridgewater College,” Hebrink said in a statement. “The program has a strong baseball tradition and I look forward to building on that legacy.

“I want nothing more than to get this program back to the (Junior) College World Series.”

Hebrink replaces Kevin Soine, whose team went 7-20 last spring, including 2-7 in its division of the MCAC. There is a roster of 15 players.

Hebrink played baseball at St. Cloud T&CC, helping the Cyclones to a World Series appearance in 2012. He also played two years of baseball at Bethany Lutheran in Mankato, earning all-conference honors. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications.

“We are very excited to have such a qualified and knowledgeable individual to lead our program,” said Ridgewater Dean of Students Heidi Olson in a statement. “Coach Hebrink demonstrates the type of energy and commitment that we believe will do great things for our student athletes and our baseball program.”



Trapshooting

Ridgewater takes 4th

GRAND RAPIDS — The Ridgewater College trapshooting team, in its first year of competition, placed fourth at the MCAC Clay Target championships over the weekend.

Four shooters earned individual honors in their divisions.

Seth Jagow of Willmar and Amdy Ellerman of Duluth teach placed first by hitting 96 of 100 targets in the men’s division. Michael Dietz of Glencoe placed third in the junior varsity division. Brianna Kompelien of Willmar was third in the novice division.

There were more than 200 participants from 12 schools, according to a Ridgewater press release.