by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Brian Harapat is the new head baseball coach at Rogers, after six years as an assistant to John Olson, who resigned.
“I’m very eager and optimistic,” said Harapat, adding that his staff, booster group and youth programs will bring in Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to talk to the team this month and Tim Laudner, catcher for the 1987 world champions, to lead a youth clinic in March.
“This should be a great way to kick off the season as we aim to build a lasting baseball tradition at Rogers High School.”
Harapat, 34, was accustomed to winning during his playing days as a pitcher and catcher. He was captain, team MVP and all-conference on Irondale’s conference champ team in 1996. He played four years at St. Olaf, including the 2000 season in which thee Oles were ranked No. 2 in NCAA-III. He played Tri-City Red Legion, and town ball for Tri-City and Northfield.
His coaching resume also includes JV baseball in Hawaii and at Buffalo, and head softball coach at Buffalo two years.
He teaches CIS (College in the Schools) and Spanish 3 and 4, and has coached RHS’s Knowledge Bowl team for six years with two state trips. His wife Meagan also teaches at RHS.