Gaylord native Matt Magers was named Regional “Coach of the Year” following a super second season as head coach of the Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) baseball team.
This past spring, Magers guided the Mavericks to the Division II College World Series. It marked the first time in 25 seasons that MSU had qualified for the event.
Magers and the Mavericks posted a 44-16 overall record during the 2010 campaign. MSU won the NSIC regular season title with a record of 25-7.
In post season play, MSU won the NSIC tournament at St. Cloud. The Mavericks went on to capture the NCAA Central Regional title which earned them a spot in the College World Series held in Cary, North Carolina. MSU would go on to finish seventh in the tournament.
The 33-year-old Magers is a 1994 graduate of Sibley East. For eight seasons, Magers served as an assistant coach at MSU under legendary baseball mentor Dean Bowyer.
Magers was a standout baseballer for the Wolverines and at South Dakota State University. He also played in the Chicago Cubs minor league system.
Magers, in January, will be honored as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Diamond Sports Company NCAA Division II Regional Coach of the Year. It will be part of the ABCA annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee.