Totino-Grace

Baseball

Coaching Staff

Meet the Coaches –


Jim Dahlman – Freshmen Coach
Jim was a Delano Tiger, graduating in 2003. After high school it was off to St. John’s University. Along with his BA in Chemistry, Coach Dahlman also has a MA in Lasallian Leadership from St. Mary’s University and an EdS in Educational
Administration from Concordia University. Jim has been on the high school baseball coaching staff since 2008 and has been on the VFW staff for the past eight years. He has also coached boys soccer here at TG. He and his wife, Alison, have three very
young children – Meredith (2) and new TWINS – Benny and Frankie (born on
January 23 rd ).

Ryan Ferkinhoff – Freshmen Coach
Ryan comes to us from the neighboring St. Anthony Village High School where he graduated in 2011. He had an outstanding high school career, including a State Baseball Championship with the Huskies. His next stop was at Hamline University
where he played 4 years of football and earned a BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Coach Ferkinhoff has done a lot of coaching in his young career including
football and girls basketball at TG, basketball at Mounds View, and baseball at both St. Anthony and Centennial. Ryan currently teaches Math at TG and will hopefully
be an Eagle for MANY years to come.

Jay Anderson – Freshmen Coach
Jay graduated from Cambridge High School in 1988 where he had a successful high school athletic career. Bethel University was the next stop where he played baseball
for four years. Jay has coached baseball and football at both Cambridge and Totino-Grace at various levels for many years, including being the offensive coordinator for the Eagles for the last 15 years. During the day Coach Anderson teaches Anatomy/Physiology and works as the School Systems Manager. Jay is married to Kelly and they have four awesome kids – Madelyn (’18), Jacob (’21), Samuel (13 yrs
old) and Maya (11 yrs old). When Jay finds some free time he enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with his family.

Seth Pugh – Head Sophomore Coach
Seth is a 2000 graduate of Totino-Grace High School, where he played football and baseball.  He went to Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN, graduating in 2004,
earning a liberal arts degree.   While at Saint Marys, he played baseball for four years, three years as the starting catcher for the Cardinals.   Seth has been coaching
baseball at Totino-Grace as the Head Sophomore coach since 2007 as well as Head Legion coach for the Eagles since 2013.  He also has coached 9th grade football since 2011 as the Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator.  He has been a 3rd grade teacher at Saint Raphael Catholic School, his alma mater since 2012, where he is the Head
Girls basketball coach as well.  Coach Pugh lives in Blaine with his family (Angie and Luke, class of 2021).   He enjoys playing with his family, wherever that leads them,
fishing, and spending time at the cabin - just as long as his dog, Piper, can come. What a blessing to be at Totino-Grace, such a wonderful school full of love, tradition,
and faith.

Peter Hennen – Sophomore Assistant
Peter attended Champlin Park High School and graduated in 2003. St. Scholastica was the next stop where he earned a degree in Business Management. Currently Peter is a manager at Walgreens. He began his coaching career in the Babe Ruth
leagues of Coon Rapids and has been a member of the TG staff for the past 9 seasons. When Coach Hennen is not at the baseball field he enjoys spending time with his
girlfriend Jenny and her children – Autumn (17), Eli (11), and Corbin (7).

Jeff Nelsen – Varsity Assistant/JV Head Coach
Jeff attended Blair High School in Blair, Nebraska and graduated in 1988. He was a 4 sport athlete, Football, Basketball, Track and Baseball. He was a 2 time state
champion and 1 time state runner-up while being a 4 year starter for the legion Baseball program in Blair. Jeff continued playing baseball in various leagues in the Omaha area before he began his coaching career. In 2003 he started coaching with the Blair Legion program and in 2004 became the head Jr Legion coach and
continued until the end of the 2016 season. While coaching baseball he was also involved with coaching fast pitch softball for the past 5 years. Coach Nelsen has been a photographer for the past 29 years and has 4 children, Josh (28), Colton (25) Stirling (17) and Bianca (16). He was also fortunate enough to marry his high school sweetheart Renae. Although baseball in his blood, he has successfully helped his children pursue a variety of other sports such as rugby, team roping, soccer,
football and softball. When not at a ball field you can find Jeff enjoying time with his family including time at his parents cabin.

Troy Lupa – Varsity Assistant
Troy grew up near Ashland, WI and graduated from Ondossagon High School in 1989.  After high school he had an opportunity to play college basketball but chose to enlist in the United States Navy instead.  While in the Navy he was stationed
onboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger (CV-61) and is a combat decorated veteran for Operation Desert Storm (1991).  Troy graduated with a Marketing degree from Winona State University in 2001.  In 1994, Troy began his coaching career in Winona, MN, coaching traveling basketball for the Winona YMCA.  Since that time,
he has coached American Legion and youth baseball, boys and girls traveling and in-house basketball, fast pitch softball and football.  In the past 6 years he had been the
Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach (5 years), Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach (3 years) and Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach (1 year) at Northwestern High
School in Maple, WI. Troy is married to Ruth (26 years in July), they have 2 children Aleia (21) and Anthony (18).  Aleia played college basketball at Central Lakes JC in Brainerd and is currently at Dixie State University in St. George, UT and Anthony is a
left-handed pitcher for the University of Minnesota Crookston Baseball Team.   

Tom Imdieke – Varsity Assistant
Tom attended Melrose High School and graduated in 1979. College of St. Thomas (now called University of St. Thomas) was his next stop. Tom has been a baseball instructor for 40 years working with local players that have landed at all sorts of
levels, including 3 that have played Major League Baseball. With the help of his family, he owned and operated Line Drive Sports since 2002. Coach Imdieke has coached baseball at MANY different levels and in the summer of 2017, he led the TG
15AAA summer team to the State Championship. Tom and his wife JoAnn will be celebrating their 38 th Anniversary this summer. They have two children (both TG
alum) – Ashley and Ethan (who has also been on the baseball staff), and two grandchildren – (Ashley and Bryce’s kids),Emma (7) and Connor (4).


Mike Smith – Head Varsity Coach
Mike is a TG alum, class of 1990. While at TG he was lucky enough to play for Hall of Fame Coach, Ned Thompson. His next stop was Mankato State University (now
called Minnesota State, Mankato) where he played baseball and earned a degree in Life Science Education. Hired to teach and coach, Smith came back to TG in the fall
of 1995 as a teacher and soccer, girls basketball, and 9 th grade baseball coach. 24 years later he is the Activities/Transportation Director. Mike is married to Michelle
and they have two children – Brynn (16) and Tanner (13).

 


Mike Smith         Head Varsity Coach     
Tom Imdieke        Varsity Assistant Coach 
Tyler Hanson       Varsity Assistant Coach
Jeff Nelsen    JV Head Coach/ Varsity Assistant 
Seth Pugh     Head Sophomore Coach   
Peter Hennen    Sophomore Assistant
Ryan Ferkinhoff    Freshman Coach 
Jim Dahlman    Freshman Coach
Jay Anderson    Freshman Coach 

 

Program Information and Philosophy

Program Philosophy
It is the philosophy of the baseball program that all co-curricular programs are truly extensions of the classroom. God, family, and academics are the first priority of all members of our program; baseball is next in line. Baseball is a game where discipline, hardwork, teamwork, ability to handle adversity, attitude, respect, and attention to detail can all be learned and practiced. These and other life skills will be carried forward throughout life and help with the future of all people. By learning and working on these skills we are hoping to help develop good friends, sons, brothers, etc. and good baseball players. Our players and coaches should realize just how lucky we are to have that time together to put away the cell phones, emails, and other distractions that we are surrounded with. Cherish that time to develop into better people and better baseball players. Click HERE to review the complete Eagle Baseball Philosophy Statement.

Coaches Expectations
Parent Expectations
Player Expectations

Off-Season Information
Totino-Grace offers a number of summer baseball teams:
9th grade - 15AAA team, tryouts take place in February
10th grade - VFW team comprised of sophomore TG Eagle baseball players
11th & 12th grade - Legion team, tryouts take place in April or early May

Development Programs
Totino-Grace Strength & Conditioning Summer Camp
TG Weightlifting Club
Arm/Shoulder Screening
Line Drive Training
Complete Game Training

History of TG Baseball

Click HERE for a historical record of TG baseball seasons.

Click HERE to view a list of TG baseball players who competed in college athletics and at the professional level.