Northern Sun Coach Survey – Matt Magers

Minnesota State

This is my 4th entry in my series of questionnaire responses I received from coaches in the Northern Sun Conference.

Matt Magers is entering his first year as head coach of the Minnesota State Mavericks.  He had been the pitching coach for the team since 2001 and was named Associate Head Coach by previous coach, Dean Bowyer, in 2007.  Similar to my previous interview with Mark Gulseth (Northern State), Magers comes from a distinguished career on the diamond as he was named All-Conference 3 times while playing for South Dakota State as a pitcher, was drafted by the Cubs in the 16th round of the 1997 MLB draft and played 2+ seasons in the Cubs minor league system.  Matt Magers Bio  The team has also posted an in depth Q&A with the new coach on their website –  Q&A with Matt Magers

I caught up with Matt just after he came off a strenuous teaching session of the Bowling class he teaches at Minnesota State –

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

We’re looking to become more consistent this year. Last year we started the season 0-6 and still were able to finish 28-25 along with making an NCAA Regional appearance. We only lost 3 seniors from last years team and have 8 this year so I would look for the seniors to lead this team since they have the experience and have been through the big games before. 

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

We expect transfers junior left-handed pitcher Josh Castanza, Hillsborough CC, junior right-handed pitcher Brett Fratzke, College of the Sequoias , and junior outfielder Mark Moriarty, Cerro Cosso CC, to give us depth throughout the season. We also look for freshman right-handed pitcher/third baseman Ben Kincaid, Eau Claire WI, right-handed pitcher Blake Schwartz, Rosemount MN, and second basemen Lucas Skjefte, Eden Prairie MN, to contribute right away.

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

Recruiting both a high school and transfer player has its pro’s and con’s. It’s appealing to have a player for 4 years that you can develop however certain years we look to pick up a transfer where a hole was left due to graduation or injury. I don’t think you can solely rely on having all of one or the other, it needs to be a good mix.

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

I would consider St. Cloud State to be our biggest rival. We have played them since we were both members of the NCC and have had some good battles together. We are excited to join the Northern Sun Conference as the majority of these teams we have played in the past and have rivalries established already .

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

Growing up I was fortunate to have been surrounded by many good people both on and off the field. From little league and high school ball in Gaylord, to college ball at South Dakota State University, I picked up techniques and philosophies that drove me to where I am today.  Playing professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs humbled me and gave me an opportunity to understand the business aspect of baseball. Former Maverick Head Coach Dean Bowyer has most impacted my baseball coaching career. Being around him the last nine years has been a priceless experience both on and off the field.

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

1 Response to “Northern Sun Coach Survey – Matt Magers”

  1. 1 College Baseball Miscellaneous « Northern Sun Baseball Trackback on February 17, 2009 at 8:19 am

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