Eagan High School Graduate
University of Minnesota-Crookston
I am extremely excited to be working with the community of Rosemount. I am a former Irish baseball, basketball and football player. I was awarded “Athlete of the Year” at Rosemount High School (Class of 1997). As a basketball player at RHS, I earned All-Conference, Honorable-Mention All-State and All-State Academics awards. I was also a two-year Captain for the Irish basketball and baseball teams. As a baseball player at RHS, I earned All-Conference, first team All-Metro, first team All-State, and All-State Academics accolades. Upon graduating from Rosemount High School, I earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Minnesota to play baseball
As a Freshman at the University I red-shirted to become a more complete player. I spent the entire year learning how to switch-hit. I had never done it in the past. However, I believe that learning how to hit left-handed, improved my understanding as a hitter and improved my right-handed swing as well. After my red-shirt year, I was fortunate to start the next four years in Left Field and Second Base for the Gophers. In my time as a Gopher, I earned All-Big Ten accolades, winning three Big-Ten championships and competed in the NCAA Tournament three times (Baylor, Minnesota and LSU Regionals).
As a coach, I have worked with players from the t-ball level, high school, division 1 and professional level. I enjoy working with all ages and ability levels.
I have been married to my beautiful wife Carrie (Tonkin) for almost 15 years. She is also a former Irish Hockey, Soccer and Track athlete. I have a 12-year old daughter named Sienna, and a 7-year old son named Henry.