Baseball Coaching Staff

 

Aron Amundson

Aron played high school baseball in North Dakota earning both the Gatorade Player of the Year and USA today High School Player of the Year.  After high school, Aron played baseball for the University of Oklahoma before transferring to the University of Minnesota where he was an All-American for the Gophers.  After college, Aron played two season of Independent ball playing for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, the Sioux City Express, and the Springfield Capitals.  In 2001 Aron joined the Minnesota Twins and carried the duties of their bullpen catcher for 6 seasons.  After his playing career, Aron got into coaching and has been coaching youth and high school players for the past 15 years.  Aron has spent the last three seasons as an assistant Varsity coach at Prior Lake High School.  Aron currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife Sarah and two boys Jack (10) and Max (8).


John Gaub

John has a built a strong resume in baseball as both a player and coach.  He graduated from South St. Paul in 2003 as an All-State LHP and an MLB draft pick by the Minnesota Twins.  As a high school senior John elected to forgo a Professional contract and attend college on a baseball scholarship at the University of Minnesota. It was a decision that he believes in hindsight was the best possible decision he could have made. He spent 3 years playing for the Gophers before being drafted for the second time and signed by the Cleveland Indians in 2006.  John played 7 professional seasons ultimately reaching the MLB in 2011 as a member of the Chicago Cubs.  He also spent time with the Rays, Rangers, and Cardinals.  Since retirement from baseball in 2013 John has pursued a coaching career while completing his College degree from the University of Minnesota.


Scott "Goose" Geisler

Goose played high school baseball at Prior Lake where he was selected to the All-State team and selected to the Minnesota Lion's All-Star Series team.  After high school, Goose continued to play baseball at Winona State where he was a 4 year starters and a member of the 1998 and 2000 NSIC Championship team and Central Regional team.  Goose continues to play amateur baseball going into his 15th season as a member of the Prior Lake Jays.  Goose has spent the last 14 years as a Varsity assistant coach at Prior Lake High School.  Goose currently lives in Shakopee with his wife Tara and two children: Brady (8) and Bella (3).


Derek Goodnature

Derek graduated from Albert Lea in 2003 as a three sports athlete in baseball wrestling and football. Derek was a two time All-Conference and All-Area in baseball.  After high school Derek attended Iowa Central Community College finishing their with a two year career record of 96-30 including a trip to the College World Series in 2004 where they finished 4th in the nation.  Following his two years at Iowa Central, Derek transferred to University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Derek started his coaching career in 2009 as the pitching coach at Prior Lake High School. Derek has been actively involved in coaching camps and clinics throughout the metro as well as coaching club baseball for the last seven years.  Derek's baseball career lead him to a front office position with the Seattle Mariners.  Derek currently serves as the Vice President of ticket sales for Major League Baseball.  In light of all Derek's responsibilities, he still finds time to play baseball as a member of the Miesville Mudhens pitching staff.


Scott Hackett

Scott has been the head coach of the Eden Prairie American Legion Baseball team for the past 8 seasons.  Eden Prairie has captured 3 State Championships, 3 State runner-up finishes, 2 Central Plains Regional Championships, a second place finish in the 2010 American Legion World Series, and the 2011 American Legion World Series Title under Scott's leadership.  Prior to working with Eden Prairie, Scott was an assistant Legion coach with Bloomington Blue (Jefferson) for four years and Excelsior (Minnetonka) for 2 years.  In addition to his role as head coach for the Eden Prairie Legion program, Scott has been an assistant coach at Eden Prairie High School fir the past 14 years.  Scott has worked with all levels from 9th grade to Varsity and has been Eden Prairies Varsity assistant since 2009.  Scott has also organized and run youth camps and clinics for Eden Prairie's Baseball Association for the past 9 years.  Scott and his wife Heather live in Shakopee with their two children Ryan (10) and Grace (8).


Bryan Johns

Bryan is a Texas native, who went to Allen High School where he played both football and baseball. He attended Howard Junior College in 2009 where he won the Junior College National Championship with a record setting season going 63-1. After Howard, he attended Vanderbilt University where he hit .370 as a Junior and played in the College World Series as a Senior. After graduating in 2011 with academic honors, he signed to play in the Boston Red Sox Organization. He played with them from 2011-14, playing up to AA with the Portland Sea Dogs. Bryan played for the Garden State Grays of the Canadian-American League in 2015, where he hit .320, and is continuing to further his baseball career.


Steve Maher

Steve played his high school baseball at the Academy of Holy Angels where he was an all-state selection and played in the Lions All Star game. He then played at Illinois State University and Iowa Central Community College before transferring to the University of St. Thomas. At UST, He was a 3 time All-American and holds the school record for wins in a season (13), Strikeouts in a season (106), and strikeouts in a game (16). He finished 4 th in voting for National Pitcher of the Year in 2012.  He has been coaching for his Alma Mater Holy Angels for the past two seasons and is very excited to be joining the Starters staff. He has a passion for coaching and teaching and enjoys giving back to the game of baseball.  Steve Majored in Communications and Journalism at The University of St. Thomas and currently plays town ball with the Miesville Mudhens.


Joe Loftus

Joe graduated from the Academy of Holy Angles in 2008.  Joe hit 25 career home runs at Holy Angels, breaking current Minnesota Twins' catcher Joe Mauer's state record of 21. After being drafted in the 29th round by the Minnesota Twins, Joe opted to attend Vanderbilt University where he helped the Commodores to a World Series appearance in 2011 before being drafted again in the 46th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Joe played professional baseball with the Diamondbacks from 2011-2013.  Joe completed his degree from Vanderbilt University during his off seasons with the Diamondbacks and was an SEC academic honor-roll student.


Ryan Schwertman

Ryan graduated from Lakeville High School in 2000. After high school, Ryan attended Minnesota State University, Mankato before transferring to the University of Northwestern, where he finished his final two years as the Eagles' third basemen.  Ryan has 15 years of coaching experience at the Youth, High School, Legion, Club, and Collegiate levels, including three years as head coach at Prior Lake High School from 2009-2013.  Currently, Ryan is working as a recruitment advisor with Elite Sports Advising and as an Associate Scout with the Cincinnati Reds. Ryan and his wife Kerrie live in Shakopee with their three children: Addison (5), Jack (4), & Andrew (2).