Northern Sun Coach Survey – Mark Gulseth

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This is my 3rd entry in my series of questionnaire responses I received from coaches in the Northern Sun Conference.

Mark Gulseth is entering his 2nd season as head coach of the Northern State University baseball team.  In his first season he led the Wolves to a 15-28 record which was just the 3rd time in the past 10 years that NSU has cracked the 15 win barrier.  He comes from a strong track record of coaching at the amateur level and an impressive career as a baseball player himself.  He was a 1993 NCAA All-American for the University of New Mexico, a 19th round draft pick in the MLB draft and spent 7 years in the San Francisco Giants minor league system.

The loss of 2008 NSIC Player of the Year, Adam Kampsen, will certainly be felt by the Wolves are picked to finish 12th in the conference for 2009.  They are off to a 1-3 start for the season.  Mark Gulseth Bio

1. In what area(s) are you looking for your team to make the biggest improvement over 2008?

We really need to improve as a pitching staff, specifically throwing more strikes, walking and hitting less batters.  We also need to improve defensively if we are going to win games in the conference.

2. What newcomers to your team look like they will make the biggest impact?

We have a young team with a lot of new faces.  Freshman Michael Gardner will make in an impact for us on the mound.  Dillon Talley will add speed to our outfield.  Kai Alexander will add quickness and is a slick fielding infielder.

3. What’s your philosophy regarding recruiting out of high school vs. college transfers?

We go after the kids that will have a chance to help us immediately, sometimes that is a high school kid and sometimes it is a junior college transfer.  We get both.

4. What Northern Sun team do you consider to be your schools biggest rival?

Our biggest rival will probably be Augustana because of their proximity to us.

5. Who has been the biggest influence on your coaching philosophy and/or career?

My athletic director Bob Olson has helped me tremendously in my first 2 years as a college coach.

The Northern Sun Baseball Blog would like to thank Mark Gulseth for taking time out of his schedule to answer these questions.

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