Graduated from Iowa State University in 1989 with a B.A. in journalism and English
Hired as head baseball coach at The College of St. Scholastica in '91 at the age of 24, which at the time, made him the youngest head coach in the entire country
Winningest coach ever at CSS in any sport including a total of 567 wins and a winning percentage of .735
Led the Saints baseball team to 13 straight conference titles
Following a 33-10 season in '96, was selected to coach Team USA II, an NCAA all-star team that won the International Series ’96 in Apeldoorn, Holland. The next summer he was chosen to coach and led Team America to a first place finish in Solingen, Germany. He was 27-3 overall coaching USA teams.
After leading the Saints to a 41-11 record and the NAIA Regional Championship in 2000, was named ABCA Regional Coach of the Year and finalist for the NAIA National Coach of the Year award. He was also voted the ABCA Regional Coach of the Year in '03
Won Louisville Slugger Coach of the Year of awards in '96, '97, '98, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07 and '08
Coached 21 All-Americans and also 12 players that went on to sign professional contracts
Missed only one game in 17 seasons
John Baggs passed away in February 2009 after a 4-month battle with a devastating form of cancer. John truly touched the lives of all who were fortunate enough to meet him and his imprint on the community will forever be felt.
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