HEAD COACH KEITH BATEMAN
Keith Bateman (Bethel '98) enters his 14th season as the leader of Augsburg's baseball team in 2018. In addition to his coaching duties, Bateman also serves as co-director of athletic academic support services.
Bateman has been the architect of a revival of fortunes for the Augsburg baseball program during his tenure. Taking a team that had gone 18-53-2 in the previous two seasons (9-24-2 in 2003, 9-29 in 2002), Bateman's Auggies finished 16-22 in his first year in 2004, then went 24-18 in 2005, qualifying for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason playoffs for the first time, where they finished second. Bateman was named MIAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2005. The Auggies returned to the conference playoffs in the 2010 season, finishing second, while the 2012 squad recorded a 24-15 record and tied for fourth-place in the MIAC standings.
AUGSBURG COACHING HIGHLIGHTS:
2012: Led Augsburg to 24-15 overall record and fourth-place finish in the conference regular season stadings; 24 victories marked the fourth time that the Auggies have won 20 or more games in the past eight seasons; Team had six All-MIAC post-season award recipients, including first-year pitcher Tanner Oaks who threw the first no-hitter in school history on March 9, 2012 against Mayville State (N.D.).
2011: All-MIAC selection Donald Blunt signed to play professionally with the St. Paul Saints following the season.
2010: Led team to 21 win season and fourth-place finish in conference regular season stadings; team earned it's second post-season conference playoff berth and made it to the conference championship game for the first-time in school history; 21 win season marked the highest number of single-season wins since 2005; team finished with 16 or more victories for the eighth consecutive season during tenure at Augsburg
2009: Led team to 20-18 record and fifth-place finish in the MIAC regular season standings; team finished the season having won seven out of its final eleven games, including sweeps over Bethel and Saint John's
2007: led team to 18-19 overall record and fifth-place finish in the conference standings; led Auggies to 12-11 win over conference champion St. Olaf on May 3
2006: led team to 18-20-1 record overall and seventh-place finish in conference standings; beat conference regular season champion St. Thomas 1-0 on April 1
2005: led team to 24-18 record overall and third-place conference finish; team earned its first ever berth into the MIAC post-season tournament; 24 wins marks the highest single season win total since 1987; earned MIAC Coach of the Year
2004: led team to 16-22 record and eighth-place conference finish in his first season as head coach
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Assistant Coach- University of St. Thomas (2003)
Assistant Coach- Bethel University (2000-02)
Bateman also served as head coach for the Centennial AAU traveling youth baseball team in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, as he coached teams that finished seventh and sixth nationally those years. He served as an instructor at the Greater Twin Cities Baseball Schools from 1994-2003
As a player at Bethel, Bateman earned All-Midwest Region honors as a catcher in his senior season (1998). He earned All-MIAC honors three seasons and was team captain his junior and senior years. He earned numerous team honors in his career, including team MVP his junior and senior years, team Mr. Defense all four years, team Rookie of the Year his freshman season and team Most Respected Player his junior and senior years. Bateman holds the Bethel career record for hits, along with single-season school records for hits and batting average.
A 1994 graduate of St. Paul Harding HS, he was a state Lions' All-Star selection his senior season.
OTHER DUTIES/CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT AT AUGSBURG:
In addition to his coaching duties, Bateman serves as co-director of athletic academic support services.
Bateman and his wife, Laura, a teacher in the Mounds View School District, have two children -- son Brett and daughter Kaylee, and live in Arden Hills, Minn. Bateman received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Bethel in 1998.