Marc Rardin
Marc Rardin
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 712-325-3331
Email: mrardin@iwcc.edu

 

Marc Rardin begins the 2018-19 season as the dean of Reiver coaches, set for his 17th season as head baseball coach at Iowa Western Community College.

While leading the tradition-rich Reiver baseball program, Coach Rardin’s teams have re-written the record books in every facet of the program.  In addition, the Reivers have made NJCAA Division I baseball history by being the first Northern District team to win the World Series in 2010 in Grand Junction, Colo., and then repeating that historic act again in 2012 and 2014.

Along with winning the national title, the 2010 Reiver baseball team also lead the country in hitting with a .398 team batting average. The team also proved to be champions in the classroom, earning NJCAA Spring Male Scholar Team of the Year honors.

The 2011 team nearly duplicated the 2010, 2012 and 2014 championship feats by finishing just one game away from landing in the champion­ship game. Rardin’s young 2011 squad, with 21 freshmen on the roster, came home with a third-place finish at the national tournament.

In 16 seasons at Iowa Western, Rardin’s Reiv­ers have participated in 11 Junior College World Series tournaments, brought home three national championships, and won 13 Regional titles and 11 Northern District titles. In the past 16 years, no other Division I junior college base­ball program has won more games and more post season championships (regionals, districts, JUCO World Series) than Iowa Western for total of 27 post season titles combined.

While enjoying a tremendous amount of team success, Rardin has also seen many student-athletes achieve individual heights while in a Reiver uniform as well. Coach Rardin ushered in a winning attitude at Iowa Western since he took over the program back in 2003. His teams have averaged more than 48 wins per season and his overall record is 763-213 (an amazing .782 win­ning percentage) during his 16-year stint as the Reiver skipper. In that same period, the Reivers also have accumulated 362 wins to only 53 losses in regular season conference and conference tournament play. In post season play, Rardin has coached in 129 games in 15 years. Of those 129 games the Reivers have won 97 and only lost 33 for a post season win­ning percentage of .746

While enjoying immense team success in his 15 years as Head Coach, Rardin has also mentored many of the individual student-athlete accomplishments while playing in a Reiver uniform. While many players have contributed to the successes, some examples that shine in the all-time marks for Reiver Baseball include Brent Seifert's program record .485 in 2010 and Tanner Krietemeier's 1.78 ERA in 2012 stands as the 'low water' mark for Reiver pitching.  Former Reiver Doug Kroll was named the 2008 Junior College Player of the Year and Vicente Cafaro, Ivan Hartle & Sam Bumpers have all been awarded Rawlings Gold Gloves for their outstanding performances in the field.  While many players have gone on to continue their careers at the 4-year level, it's a special moment of pride when former players make the trek to Omaha for the NCAA College World Series.  Omaha native Grant Kay was the first to the pinnacle of D-1 College Baseball with Louisville in 2014.  In 2016, 2 former Reivers were on rosters of teams that made it to the CWS.  TCU Shortstop Ryan Merrill & Coastal Carolina C David Parrett both played in Omaha with Parret's Chanticleers team winning the Championship.  Both players were named to the All-Tournament Team, Parrett's post-season contributions a large reason his squad won the title.

Rardin has also been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Baseball Coaches Association and has twice (2008 & 2010) been assistant coach on the NJCAA/USA National Team.  In the summer of 2014 Coach Rardin led the way as Head Coach of the USA Junior College Team that participated in the 80th year of the NBC Tournament in Wichita, Kansas.  After being together as a team for only 3 weeks, the NJCAA team finished the tournament with a 3rd Place finish. Also in June of 2014, Coach Rardin was invited to Cary, North Carolina to coach and instruct for the USA Baseball Organization. In both 2014 & 2015, Rardin was selected to manage one of the teams and helped with the organization,  practices and evaluations with the 18 & under tryouts for the Tournament of Stars.

Off the field, Coach Rardin has had just as much success with the development of the Iowa Western Baseball program as he has had on the field with the performance of the student-athletes. Since Rardin’s arrival the program has made tremendous strides in roster size, budgets, facilities and staff members.

In 2005 Coach Rardin proposed and oversaw the introduction of the Iowa Western Junior Varsity program. The creation of the JV squad allows another 30 to 35 student-athletes to play the game of baseball at Iowa Western while furthering their education. With the introduction of the additional student-athletes on the JV squad, Rardin proposed that the new revenue stream be diverted to provide salaries for the addition of assistant coaches for the Reiver Baseball, Volleyball and Softball programs.  Since that time, the IWCC Athletics Department has blossomed and now has full-time assistants for all of their programs. 

The Reivers' home park, 'Doc Ross Field', has seen numerous upgrades under Rardin's oversight, changing and upgrading nearly every aspect of it.

Those include:

Aluminum grandstand seating and a pressbox.

9-inning scoreboard.

Spacious 3-car storage/equipment shed.

Batting cages directly behind third base dugout.

New 8-foot high wood fence down the left field line and black synthetic chain link down the rightfield line.

A $370,000.00 synthetic turf infield (Ram Turf) was completed in December of 2010.

In March of 2011 a 40-foot wide and 80-foot long hitting pavilion was completed down the leftfield line. The field turf surface is covered and protected from the elements. The entire pavilion is netted in for one large batting practice area or can be divided for group hitting as well.  It also houses the Reivers home side bullpen.  All of these improvements have been made under the close eye of Coach Rardin and is now one of the finest facilities for Junior College baseball in the midwest.

Before his tenure began at Iowa Western, Coach Rardin had the privilege of working with some of the most highly respected coaches in the country.  In the fall of 2003 Rardin worked under Scott Crampton at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Co.  From 2000 through the 2002 season, Rardin was an assistant for Sky Smeltzer at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ.  Coach Rardin came to Yavapai from Big 12 baseball power Baylor University.  Rardin worked under Head Coach Steve Smith 2 years as the volunteer coach and worked with the pitching staff.  Coach Rardin began as the pitching coach in Bluefield, Virginia for Bluefield College.

Coach Rardin also has five summers of coaching experience in the Jayhawk and Northwoods League summer collegiate leagues.

A highly sought after clinician, Rardin has traveled across the country speaking at Baseball Coaches Conventions on various subjects of his program and or baseball drills and techniques.  Rardin has had the honor of speaking at the ABCA National Convention and to groups in Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Oregon, Minnesota, Alabama, Colorado and Toronto to name just a few.

Coach Rardin spent his collegiate playing days at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa and followed that 2-year stint with a transfer to Iowa Wesleyan in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.  

Rardin grew up in the northeast part of Iowa, just outside of Lamont.  He graduated from Starmont High School where he enjoyed a successful athletic career, lettering 14 times in 4 different sports.  He resides in Council Bluffs with Dawn, his wife of 19 years. Together they have two sons – Tyler Maddux (17) and Griffin Hill (11).

 

While directing Reiver Baseball teams to successful seasons

Rardin has received personal accolades as well

3x National Coach of the Year

10x  Northern District Coach of the Year

12x  Louisville Slugger Coach of the Year

 

Rardin's Reivers

763-213  Overall Record  (.776% winning percentage)

335-53 Conference/Regional Record  (.863% winning Percentage)

35-6 Northern District Tournament Record  (.842% winning Percentage)

104-35 Total Post season Record  (.746% winning percentage)

25-18 World Series Record (.600% winning percentage)

16 Top 20 National Finishes 2003-18

3 NJCAA Division I  National Championships

13 Regional Championships 2005-17

11 Northern District Championships 2005, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17

11 College World Series Appearances, 2005, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNDER RARDIN:

123 signees w/ NCAA Division 1 schools

91 All-Region 1st Team

44 All-Northern District 1st Team

18 NJCAA All-Americans

25 NJCAA Academic All-Americans

15 NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-Americans

NJCAA “National Player of the Year”

NJCAA Male “Scholar Athlete of the Year”

8 NJCAA – Spring National “Academic Team of the Year”

10 Region XI  “Pitcher of the Year” performers

5 Region XI  “Defensive Player of the Year” performers

8 Region XI “Player of the Year” performers

4 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award Winners

3 NJCAA Rawlings Gold Glove “Defensive Player of the Year”

7 NJCAA – All Star National Team Members

 

COACH RARDIN’S REIVER TEAMS YEAR BY YEAR ACCOLADES

2018 Season (54-7)

               Won Region XI Regular Season Title  (15th time in 16 years)

               Undefeated in Region XI Play (Regular & Postseason)

               __ All-Region Players

               __ NCAA Division 1 signees

2017 Season (44-16)

               Won Region XI Regular Season Title  (14th time in 15years)

               5 All-Region players

               10 NCAA Division 1 signees

2016 Season (52-15) 4th Place Finish at NJCAA World Series

               Ranked No4 in final regular season NJCAA D1 Poll

               Northern District Champions

               Regional Tournament Champions (12th consecutive year)

               2 NJCAA All-Americans

               4 All-District Selections

               9 All-Region XI Selections

               Region XI “Player of the Year”

               13 NCAA Division I signees

2015 Season (54-7) 5th Place Finish at JUCO World Series

                Northern District Champions

                Regional Tournament Champions (11th Consecutive Year)

                3 Academic All-Americans

                3 NJCAA All-Americans

                5 All-District Performers

                7 All-Region Performers

                Region XI “Player of the Year”

                12 NCAA Division-1 signees

                37-game win streak

2014 Season (56-11) *NJCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS*

                Northern District Champions

                Regional Tournament Champions (10th Consecutive Year)

                7 Academic All-Americans

                1 3rd Team All-American

                1 Honorable Mention All-American

                4 All-District Performers

                6 All-Region Performers

                2nd nationally w/ .354 team batting average

2013 Season (45-15)

Final Ranking - #10

Regional Tournament Champions (9th Consecutive Year)

                3 Academic All-Americans

                2 Exemplary Academic Achievement Award Winners

                1 Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence

                1 All-American

                4  All-District Performers

                11 All-Region Performers

                Region XI “Player of the Year”

NJCAA World Series “Tournament MVP”

15 NCAA Division-1 signees 

2012 Season (62-6) *NJCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS*

                Program record 62 wins

                Northern District Champions (6th Consecutive year)

                Regional Tournament Champions (8th Consecutive Year)

                3 Distinguished Academic All-Americans

                2 1st Team All- Americans

                1 3rd Team All-Americans

                8 All-District Performers

                12 All-Region Performers

                Nation's best .403 team batting average

Region XI “Player of the Year”

Easton National Defensive Player of the Year

Rawlings “Gold Glove” award winner of the year

NJCAA World Series “Tournament MVP”

16 NCAA Division-1 signees 

2011 Season (43-20)  3rd Place Finish at JUCO World Series

                Northern District Champions (5th Consecutive year)

                Regional Tournament Champions (7th Consecutive Year)

                National Spring Male Scholar Team of the Year

                1 Distinguished Academic All-American

                3 All-District Performers               

                6 1st Team All-Region Performers

                Region XI “Pitcher of the Year” (9 years in a row)

                Region XI “Defensive Player of the Year”

2010 season (51-12)   *NJCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS*

Northern District Champions (4th Consecutive year)

Regional Tournament Champions (6th Consecutive year)

National Spring Male Scholar Team of the Year

6 Distinguished Academic All-Americans

1 1st Team All-American

1 Honorable Mention All-American

4 All-District Performers

5 1st Team All-Region Performers

Nation's best .397 team average

Region XI “Pitcher of the Year” (8 years in a row)

Region XI “Player of the Year”

Easton National Defensive Player of the Year

Rawlings “National Gold Glove” Award Winner of the Year

NJCAA World Series “Tournament MVP”

2009 season (39-24) 10th Place Finish at JUCO World Series

Northern District Champions (3rd Consecutive year)

Regional Tournament Champions (5th Consecutive year)

2 All-District Performers

3 Distinguished Academic All-Americans

18 Academic All-Region Performers

4 1st Team All-Region Performers

Region XI “Pitcher of the Year” (7 years in a row)

2008 season (54-12) 6th Place Finish at JUCO World Series

Northern District Champions (2nd consecutive year)

Regional Tournament Champions (4th Consecutive year)

Hit .381 / 97 Homeruns (Top 5 in the country in every offensive category)

4  All-District Performers

6  1st Team All-Region Performers

1 Distinguished Academic All-American

2 Academic All-Americans

1 1st Team All-American

1  2nd Team All-American

Region XI “Player of the Year” (2nd consecutive year)

Region XI “Pitcher of the Year” (6 consecutive years)

Region XI “Defensive Player of the Year” (3 consecutive years)

Northern District “Player of the Year” (2nd consecutive

2007 season (42-18) 10th Place Finish at JUCO World Series

Northern District Champions

Regional Tournament Champions (3rd Consecutive Year)

3 All-Americans

2 Distinguished Academic All-Americans

ABCA Division I JUCO “NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR”

The Rawlings “Big Stick” Award Winner 

The Rawlings “Gold Glove” Award Winner

10 / 1st team All-Academic All-Region Performers

8  / 2nd team All-Academic All-Region Performers

Nationally Recognized All-Academic Team (cumulative over 3.0)

Region XI “Player of the Year”   

Region XI “Pitchers of the Year” (5th year in a row)

2006 season (37-13)

Final Ranking - #10

THE NJCAA NATIONAL “MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR”

1 Academic All-American

17 All-Academic / All-Region

Region XI Conference Tournament Champions (2nd consecutive year)

Region XI “Pitcher of the year” (4th year in a row)

2005 season (49-13) 3rd Place Finish at World Series

Northern District Championship

Region XI Championship

13 All-Academic / All-Region

31-game win streak

Region XI “Pitcher of the Year” (3rd year in a row)

“Sportsmanship Award” Winner at Junior College World Series

2004 season (43-10)

 Final National Polls Ranking of 8th in the Country

1 Academic All-American

9 All-Academic / All-Region

28-game win streak 

Region XI “Pitcher of the Year” (2nd year in a row)

2003 season (37-15)

Final Ranking - #14

3 Academic All-Americans

Regular Season Regional Champions

Region XI “Pitcher of the Year”

Region XI “Player of the Year”