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Asmus to coach baseball at Fergus

Former Spartan baseball players, Jarrod Asmus and Kellen Shebeck, have been hired as coaches for the baseball program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls.

Both Asmus and Shebeck, who will share coaching duties, played for M State during the 2000 and 2001 seasons and have been active in summer baseball programs in the area.

"We are very fortunate to have Jarrod and Kellen take over the Spartan baseball program," said Steve King, athletic coordinator at M State. "They have great enthusiasm and bring a high level of playing and coaching experience to the program. Both are outstanding young men who have a passion for Spartan athletics and understand the commitment to excellence we want on and off the field."

Asmus, a 1999 graduate of Morris Area High School, continued his collegiate baseball career with the Bison of North Dakota State University, graduating from NDSU with a degree in health and physical education. He has coached American Legion baseball and been active in other summer recreation programs. Asmus is employed at Lake Region Healthcare's Athletic Republic, and he and wife Heidi (Kopel) have two children, Riley and Alex.

Shebeck, who graduated in 1999 from Underwood High School, played baseball at the University of North Dakota following his Spartan career. He graduated from UND with a degree in physical education.

and minors in health and coaching. In 2005, he coached the Fergus Falls American Legion team to the state tournament. He is vice president of Farmers State Bank in Underwood, and he and wife Savanna have a 1-year-old son, Jakoby.

The Spartan baseball team finished 21-12 during the 2009 season and earned a berth in the NJCAA Division III Region XIII tournament.