Iowa Western Reivers
Reivers Marc Rardin
Marc Rardin
Office: KC-1327
Phone: 712-325-3331
Email: mrardin@iwcc.edu
Head Coach

Marc Rardin begins his 15th season as the Head Baseball Coach at Iowa Western Community College.

During Rardin's 14 seasons leading the Reiver Baseball program, his teams have rewritten the record books in every facet of the program and made Junior College Baseball history by winning the Junior College World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, the first and only Northern District teams to accomplish that feat. Rardin has led the Reivers to 9 Junior College World Series, winning 12 consecutive Regional XI Titles and 9 Northern District Titles.  The 24 post-season titles are more than any other Division I Junior College program in the country during that span.

Coach Rardin’s Iowa Western Baseball program has been winning and winning consistently under the tutelage of Coach Rardin and his staffs since first taking the job in 2003.

The Reivers have averaged 47 wins a year since Rardin took the helm.  His career record heading into 2017 is 665-190, an astounding ave a record of 613 wins to only 173 loses in his 13 year stint; that is an amazing .778 winning percentage. In that same 14 year period the Reivers have also accumulated 314 wins to only 50 losses in regular season Region XI conference and conference tournament play.  This is a record setting 86% winning percentage in conference play. To further describe the level of success under Coach Rardin is to describe the post season numbers. Rardin has coached in 123 postseason games in 14 seasons. In those 123 games the Reivers have posted a record of 93-30.  A postseason winning percentage of 76%!

The immense success over the course of his 14 years of Head Coaching has earned Coach Rardin the recognition of his coaching peers and those throughout the Junior College level.  Coach Rardin was elected to the National Junior College Hall of Fame in May of 2015, becoming the quickest to be enshrined with only 13 years of Head Coaching experience at the time of induction. 

While enjoying immense team success in his 14 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 18 years. Together they have two sons – Tyler Maddux (16) and Griffin Hill (10).

 

PERSONAL COACHING AWARDS

2010, 2012, 2014 - NJCAA  “NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR”

2005, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 - Northern District Coach of the Year

2005, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 - Louisville Slugger Coach of the Year

2005, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 - Diamond Sports Coach of the Year

2010, 11, 12, 14 - Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association “State Coach of the Year”   

2014 NJCAA USA National Team - Head Coach

2 Time NJCAA USA National Team - Assistant Coach

2012 - Major League Baseball Midwest Scouting Bureau  “Amateur Coach of the Year"

 

STUDENT-ATHLETE ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNDER RARDIN:

123 signees w/ NCAA Division 1 schools

77 All-Region 1st Team

39 All-Northern District 1st Team

14 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”

5 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

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”

Reivers Tyler Herbst
Tyler Herbst
Office: 712-388-6851
Email: therbst@iwcc.edu
Assistant Coach

Tyler Herbst enters his third season at Iowa Western as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.  Herbst brings with him 13 years of recruiting experience, player development, and success both on and off the field.  Before Iowa Western he previously worked on the baseball staffs at Indiana State, Arkansas Little Rock, Wabash Valley, and Univ of Evansville.

Indiana State University (Pitching coach/Recruiting Coordinator)

  • 2012 Conference Champions
  • 23 MLB Drafts/Free agents signed (Recruited/Coached)       
  • Sean Manaea 34th pick overall
  • Jake Petricka  2nd round (Current Roster Chicago White Sox)
  • 37 All Conference Selections
  • 1 Freshman of the Year
  • 1 Player of the year
  • 1 Newcomer of the year
  • 1 Defensive Player of year
  • Highest team GPA in school history 3 consecutive years (3.41)

 

University of Arkansas Little Rock (Assistant Coach)

  • 7 MLB Drafts (Recruited/Coached)
  • 2 All Conference Selections
  • Doubled Team win total in Conference play
  • Academic all Conference Team

 

Wabash Valley College (Assistant Coach)

  • 9 MLB Drafts (Recruited/Coached)
    • Aaron Barrett (Current Roster Washington Nationals)
  • 6 All-Region Players
  • 1 Player of the Year
  • Associate Scout

 

University of Evansville (Assistant coach, Infield )

  • 9 MLB Drafts (Recruited/Coached)
  • 10 All Conference Selections
  • 2 Freshman All-Americans
  • 1 Newcomer of the Year
  • 62 Double plays, school record 
Reivers Pascal Paul
Pascal Paul
Office: 712-256-6532
Email: jpaul@iwcc.edu
Assistant Coach

                 Pascal Paul enters his third season coaching with the Reiver Baseball Program.  His duties include working with the pitchers and assisting with recruiting.  His responsibilities also include coaching first base on game day, coordinating travel plans, assisting with camps, assisting with the JV program and assisting with the weight training program. 

                 Pascal Coached in the New England league for the Keene Swap Bats last summer helping lead them to a fourth place finish.  His responsibilities were handling the pitching staff, coaching fist base on game day, day to day field maintenance and assistant director of camps. 

                  A native of Merrill, Wisconsin, Pascal Graduated from Merrill High School in 2010 where he played three sports and helped the baseball to team to a state tournament berth.  Upon graduation Pascal went onto attend Iowa western community college where he helped the Reivers to a 3rd place finish in 2011 and a National Championship in 2012.  After IWCC Pascal went on to play for West Virginia University where he led them in saves in 2013 and appearances in 2013and 2014 and helped them to a 3rd place finish in the BIG 12 in 2013. 

Pascal is the son of John and Wendy Paul, and has three brothers Jason, Adam, Ray.

Born John Pascal Paul, December 19, 1991

Reivers John Penn
John Penn
Office: 712-256-6536
Email: jpenn@iwcc.edu
Assistant Coach

          John Penn enters his first season with the Reiver Baseball Program.  His duties include working with the catchers and hitters as well as assisting with recruiting.  His responsibilities also include coaching third base on game day, coordinating travel plans, assisting with camps, and assisting with the JV program. 

          Penn spent the last 2 seasons coaching at Bluffton University, a NCAA Division III university located in Bluffton, OH where he served as the Graduate Assistant.  His responsibilities included handling the pitching staff and catchers, he served as the Recruiting Coordinator, assisted with Fundraising, camps, and day to day field maintenance. In his 2 seasons at Bluffton, he coached 4 Honorable Mention All-Conference pitchers while helping the Beavers set a record for wins in a season.

          A native of Chillicothe, OH, Penn graduated from Zane Trace High School in 2010 where he competed in four sports.  Upon graduation, Penn attended Wabash College where he served as a relief pitcher throughout his career and was a member on the 2011 NCAC Conference Championship team, the only one is school history.  He graduated from Wabash with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a Sports Management concentration from Bluffton University. 

          John is the son of Larry and Nita Penn, and has one brother, Seth and resides in Council Bluffs, IA.

Reivers Doc Ross
Doc Ross
Assistant Coach