Greg will fill the vital, strategic role as the new Director of Baseball Operations. Greg has 21 years of baseball coaching experience at the High School, Legion, and Club levels. During that time, he has had an incredible impact on his players. He has been fortunate enough to coach 30 players who went on to play Division I college baseball, 33 who played Division II, 33 who played Division III , and 9 players who have played Professionally.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to see a player set goals, work hard to achieve them, and then realize those goals and sometimes even surpass anything they ever hoped for. It’s great to talk with them years later about the fun they had when they were younger or hear them reflect on things they learned when we worked together,” says Nesbitt.
Ryan Schwertman, General Manager, stated, “We're excited to have Greg join the Starters family. Greg's leadership, experience, and knowledge of the game fall in line with Starters mission of being the most trusted and superior resource for training, coaching, and educating athletes.” When asked about the addition, Joe Loftus and Cory Glieden (two pillars of the Starters baseball family) were enthusiastic saying “Greg brings a lot of coaching experience, at many different levels in the area, and we are excited to have him join our staff to help our kids develop and grow” and “Greg’s ability to develop talent and foster kids’ motivation to realize their true potential will make him a welcome addition to the Starters baseball staff,” respectively.
Greg will be a strong addition to the Starters family, not only because he wants to train his athletes to be better players, but he also revels in the chance to watch them become better people and leaders. One of his favorite memories is a testament to this when he was able to watch his 9-year old son build relationships with his high school players as well as getting to watch his players give back to the community and pass on a love for the game to the young baseball players that are coming up.
In 2016, Greg was awarded the American Legion Coach of the Year Award for his notable accomplishments including leading the Burnsville Cobras to the legion world series in Shelby, North Carolina, the last Minnesota team to play in the World Series.
Greg graduated from Burnsville High School in 1997 and the University of North Dakota in 2002. Currently, Greg is the head baseball coach at Prior Lake High School. Greg and his wife Melissa live in Farmington with their two children: Wyatt & Talia.
We look forward to having him around the facility. Be sure to stop in and say “Oh Hey, Hi, How Are Ya!”