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.
Erin has been a softball coach at the college level for the past seven years. She has traveled and spent time at multiple colleges around the country. Most recently she led Belmont Abbey College where they broke previous seasons win totals and improved overall on and off the field. Prior to Belmont Abbey, Erin was the head coach at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. In her last year the team made program history by breaking the total win record and made a conference championship appearance. During her time at Harford Community College the program won it’s first ever conference title. Erin has worked with all positions of the game during her time as a coach. She went to Lock Haven University where she played shortstop and was a DII National Champion for the Eagles.