The Marshalltown High School baseball program has named its new head coach.
The MHS athletics division on Thursday introduced Todd Oberthien as the head coach of the Bobcats, filling the spot vacated by Derek Wrage at the end of last season.
Wrage was 11-51 in his two years at the helm, having stepped in after Steve Hanson’s 26-year term with the Bobcat baseball program.
“We are very excited to see what Todd will do to build and support Bobcats baseball for the next generation of Marshalltown kids,” said MHS Activities Director Ryan Isgrig. “Not only will he bring his knowledge of baseball analysis, techniques, mechanics and logistics, but Todd will hone our children with life skills – leadership, teamwork, discipline and dedication – the things they need to be successful in life.”
Oberthien is a Shueyville native who attended Solon High School and graduated in 2013. The all-district utility player who was on back-to-back state championship teams continued his baseball career at Marshalltown Community College, Concordia (Neb.) and Mount Grace. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business and sports management from Mount Mercy in 2018.
His coaching background includes experiences at HLV (Victor) High School and Central College, as well as extensive camps and clinics for the Diamond Dreams Academy in North Liberty and at Perfect Game All-Star Select in Cedar Rapids.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to help grow and lead the Bobcats baseball program,” said Oberthien. “I will try to bring new energy and a new style of play to the team. I want kids to want to join the baseball team and know that they are part of something special. Bobcat baseball is going to be fun, competitive and energetic – it will be in become an important part of the community in the future.”
Oberthien is currently a housing coordinator and assistant baseball coach for Marshalltown Community College.
“I believe Coach Oberthien will rekindle the fire that the Marshalltown community has always had for baseball,” said Isgrig. “I am confident he will cultivate a sense of pride in the Bobcats Baseball uniform and spark a newfound passion for the game in our student athletes.”
The Bobcat baseball season begins on May 2.