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Mavericks baseball coach to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Coach Dean Bowyer will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Jan. 6, 2006.


Dean Bowyer

Mavericks baseball coach Dean Bowyer will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place Jan. 6, 2006 in conjunction with the organization's annual convention in Chicago.

Bowyer, a 1966 Mayville State grad, is entering his 29th season at Minnesota State and his 33rd season as a collegiate head coach. He has led the Mavericks to 19 conference titles and is a nine-time NCC Coach of the Year. One of the most respected baseball men in the Midwest, Bowyer stands sixth on the NCAA Division II active coaches wins lists and he ranks eighth on the all-time list.

The Ada, Minn., native has led the Mavericks to 18 NCAA post-season appearances in three NCAA Division II World Series. In addition to two All-America elections, many all-region and all-conference picks, 39 Bowyer-produced players have signed professional contracts.

The 2002 team had an unprecedented four players (Adam Steen, Aaron Heitzman, Eric Lonnquist and Jason Cierlik) who were drafted by major league teams and another (Chris Rupert) who signed a free agent deal. Two former players have advanced all the way to the major leagues. Todd Revenig, who was drafted and signed with Oakland in 1990, debuted with the parent A's in 1992, and reliever Gary Mielke made 79 appearances with the Texas Rangers from 1987-1990.

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