Matt Stoeklen has been coaching in the Farmington travel program for the past two seasons. Prior to that he coached at the varsity high school level as a hitting and infield coach. Matt has helped run numerous youth baseball camps all over the country working with kids ranging from ages 8-18 years old. Before his days of teaching the game of baseball he enjoyed a well-established playing career.
I love the game of baseball and there is no better reward in life than to pass along something you are so passionate about. Baseball is a fun game to play but can be very humbling also. It demands a good skill set and a great deal of hand-eye coordination. I enjoy the hard work, dedication, competitiveness, and the preparation that is needed to become a great ball player. Having that burning desire to become the best ball player you can be will help you become a great teammate and help set the foundation in becoming great person on and off the field. Baseball has helped create the person I am today and has provided me with so many great friendships along the way. Coaching gives me the opportunity to educate young athletes not only about the game of baseball but the game of life. I want to help pave the way to becoming great student-athletes and provide support in chasing down dreams. One thing my dad has always told me, “If it was so easy, everyone would be doing it.”
I grew up playing highly competitive softball on the East Side of St. Paul for Area J and St. Paul Johnson High School, where both teams were successful and competed in the top tier of play. I started coaching high school softball at the age of 19 at Johnson High School as the Assistant Coach to the 9th grade / C-Squad team for 3 years and coached Area J for 3 years at the 12U, 14U and 16U levels. I took a break to start a family and had the opportunity to return to coaching with the MN Synergy Club team based out of Farmington, MN. I was the Assistant Coach there for one year and the Head Coach for two years, where we enjoyed many successes in league play, tournament play and at State and Nationals.
I enjoy coaching because I have a passion for the game and I love to teach. I love to teach young athletes not only about the game of fastpitch softball, but I also hope to teach them life lessons they can use throughout their journey, no matter where it takes them. I want them to learn to work hard. I want them to learn how to be a part of team, to compete, to set goals, and to learn from their successful moments and not so successful moments. Most importantly I want them to have fun!
I grew up playing baseball for Bloomington Kennedy where I was Captain my senior year. I then went to the University of Wisconsin - Stout for Engineering Technology - Mechanical Design. Unfortunately, I suffered a SLAP tear my freshman year but was able to recover and I continued to pitch for Stout my Sophomore and Junior year. This experience has been key to the way I coach younger players. Overuse is a huge problem in our sport and I strive to condition my players to limit injury and down time.
I have been coaching for Bloomington Kennedy High School since 2010. I started assisting with the 9th grade team. In 2015, I became the pitching coach for the program. Pitching is as much of a physical game as it is a mental game. I work to give my players the tools to understand the game situation, the batter and how to recognize their own flaws. Being an engineer, I look at the mechanics of my players and break down where we can gain more speed, movement and consistency. This is my favorite part of the game. I love the experimentation to find what combination works best for each individual player.
I am excited for the opportunity to work with the community. I hope I can instill good habits on and off the field for our young players.
I grew up in Red Wing where I was an all-conference pitcher. I played college baseball as a pitcher at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I learned under pitching coach Matt Magers, the current head coach.
I have played 18 season of Minnesota Amateur baseball (town ball); 14 for the Red Wing Aces and 4 for the Shakopee Indians. I have over 100 wins on the mound, 95 in Red Wing, where I hold the all-time wins record for a team that boasts one of the longest baseball traditions in Minnesota. I also served as Manager for the Aces my final 3 years, making state tournament trips the final 2 seasons.
I have helped many young pitchers during their transition into town ball; both with their skill and the mental part of pitching.
I have a to-be 10U lefty and am fully-dedicating my “baseball time” to the youth; 2017 was my last season on the mound.
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I have been the assistant varsity baseball coach at Burnsville High School since 2008 and with the program coaching since 2005 as an infield and hitting coach. In 2011 we were 3AAA MSHSL Baseball State Champions and In 2016 I was awarded the Rob Fornasiere Assistant Coach of the year by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association. I was able to coach in the 2017 Play Ball Minnesota High School Baseball All Star Series, an experience that was very rewarding. Along with coaching baseball I have been a Physical Education and Health teacher at BHS and I have been a teacher since 2000. I have used many teaching strategies that I have learned over the years to help educate the athletes that I coach. Not only have I coached at the high school level but also at the youth level with Farmington softball and through hitting and fielding baseball clinics in Burnsville. The game of softball and baseball has been a big joy in my life for 35 years and teaching the game is an honor! Finding ways for my players to enjoy the game and to have fun with their teammates is the first goal that I have when working with young athletes. High fives and smiles for everyone!