Marc Rardin begins his 13th season as the Head Baseball Coach at Iowa Western Community College.
During Rardins time leading the Reiver Baseball program, Coach Rardins teams have rewrote 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 Northern District representative to ever win the Junior College World Series title. All in all, in 12 seasons at Iowa Western Rardin’s Reivers have participated in 8 Junior College World Series, and have won 10 consecutive Regional Titles, and 8 Northern District Titles. That’s a total of 21 Post Season Titles, more than any other Division I junior college program in the country in the past 12 years alone.
Coach Rardin’s Iowa Western successes just didn’t start this past 5 years. The Iowa Western baseball program has been winning and winning big under Coach Rardin since his first season on the job in 2003.
Rardins teams have averaged nearly 46 wins per season and have a record of 559 wins to only 168 loses in his 12 year stint; that is an amazing .769 winning percentage. In that same 12 year period the Reivers have also accumulated 265 wins to only 43 loses in regular season conference and conference tournament play. This is a record setting .860 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 88 postseason games in 12 years. In those 88 games the Reivers have won 76 and only lost 24. That is a postseason winning percentage of .760%.
In the 12 years span as Head Coach, Rardin has had immense team success. He has also enjoyed many student/athletes achieving individual heights while in a Reiver uniform as well.
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 Teams. This past summer Coach Rardin was the Head Coach of the USA Junior College National Team that participated in the 80th year of the NBC Tournament in Wichita, KS. After being together as a team for only 21days the NJCAA team finished the tournament with a 3rd Place finish. In June, Coach Rardin also was invited to Cary, North Carolina and the official training base for USA Baseball Organization. Rardin was manager for one of the teams and helped with organization, practices and evaluations with the ages 18 & under tryouts for Tournament of Stars.
Off the field, Coach Rardin has had just as much success and development of the Iowa Western Baseball program as he has had on the field with 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 started the Iowa Western Junior Varsity Roster. That allows another 30 to 35 student/athletes to play the game of baseball at Iowa Western while furthering their education. At that time IWCC athletics didn’t have fulltime assistants for volleyball or softball. With the start up of the JV Baseball program Rardin proposed that some allotment of money brought in through the JV program be used to help with assistants in both the volleyball and softball programs. Since that time IWCC athletics department has blossomed and now has fulltime assistants in 12 of their programs.
With the on campus baseball facility - better know to everyone as “Doc Ross Field” Rardin has been part of changing and upgrading nearly every aspect of it.
Aluminum grandstand seating and a pressbox.
9inning scoreboard .
Spacious 3 car door storage/equipment shed.
Batting cages directly behind third base dugout.
New 8ft high wood fence down left field line and black synthetic chain link down the right field line.
A $370,000.00 synthetic turf infield (Ram Turf) was completed December 1 of 2010.
In March of 2011 a 40ft wide and 80ft long hitting pavilion was completed down the left field line. The surface is also completely field turf inside. 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.
Within Coach Rardin’s 12 years here as head baseball coach, the Iowa Western baseball program now stakes claim as having one the finest junior college baseball facilities in the Midwest.
Before coming to Iowa Western, Coach Rardin had the privilege of working under some of the most highly respected coaches at their touted programs. In the fall of 2003 Rardin worked under Scott Crampton at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Co. From 2000 thru 2002 seasons 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 was at Baylor for 2 years as the volunteer coach and worked with the pitching staff. While at Baylor, Coach Rardin worked under Head Coach Steve Smith. Coach Rardin started his coaching career in Bluefield, Virginia at Bluefield College. While at Bluefield, Rardin was pitching coach.
Coach Rardin also has five summers of coaching experience in the Jayhawk and Northwoods League summer collegiate leagues.
Coach Rardin started his college career at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, IA. Rardin transferred to Iowa Wesleyan in Mt. Pleasant, IA. Marc Rardin grew up outside of Lamont, Iowa located in the northeast part of the state. He graduated from Starmont High School where he enjoyed a successful athletic career, lettering 14 times in 4 different sports during his four school years. Coach Rardin resides in Council Bluffs, IA with his wife of 14years Dawn. Marc and Dawn have two sons – Tyler Maddux (12) and Griffin Hill (7).
While directing his teams to successful season, Coach Rardin has received personal accolades as well:
2010, 2012, 2014 NJCAA “NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR”
2005, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14 - Northern District Coach of the Year
2005, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14 - Louisville Slugger Coach of the Year
2005, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14 - Diamond Sports Coach of the Year
2010, 11, 12 - 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
Major League Baseball Midwest Scouting Bureau “Amateur Coach of the Year - 2012”
Under Coach Rardin – Former Reiver student/athletes that have succeeded throughout their careers to achieve these honors:
107 signees w/ NCAA Division 1 schools
70 All Region 1st Team
35 All Northern District 1st Team
11 NJCAA All Americans
22 NJCAA Academic All Americans
15 NJCAA Distinguished Academic All Americans
1 NJCAA “National Player of the Year”
1 NJCAA – Male “Scholar Athlete of the Year”
4 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
7 Region XI “Player of the Year” performers
3 Rawlings “Big Stick” Award Winners
3 NJCAA Rawlings Gold Glove “Defensive Player of the Year”
7 NJCAA – All Star National Team Members
Tyler Herbst enters his first 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
Vicente Cafaro joined the Iowa Western baseball coaching staff for the 2015-16 season. In his first season Cafaro will work with the infielders, and coach third base on game day. He will also assist coach Herbst with hitting, and recruiting, while being the head coach for the Iowa Western reserve squad and directing the Reivers’ baseball camps.
Cafaro came to Iowa Western after spending the 2014-15 season as the volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Creighton University.
Previous to Creighton, Cafaro spent one year at University of Southern Indiana as the graduate assistant. Cafaro helped head coach Tracy Archuleta on all facets of the game, focusing on the infielders.
Cafaro additionally helped lead the squad to the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship as the third base coach.
Cafaro also spent one season as an assistant coach for the Hickory Crawdads, a Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers organization. He helped the team reach the playoff and coached a major league short stop in Leury Garcia (Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox). This organization signed Cafaro to a minor-league contract in 2009, playing one year for the Arizona Rangers, Texas’ rookie league squad.
Prior to his tenure in professional baseball, Cafaro played two seasons with the Creighton Bluejays. He started 111 of 113 games over the two years, hitting .318 with 66 RBIs, 29 doubles, four triples, and 10 home runs. Cafaro also recorded a .987 fielding percentage his senior year which earned him a Rawlings Gold Glove as the nation’s top field second baseman in 2009.
In addition his two seasons at Creighton, Cafaro also played college baseball for one season at Iowa Western Community College (2007) and Wayne State College (2006). As a Reiver, he batted .441 with 17 home runs and won an NJCAA Rawlings Gold Glove, leading the Reivers to the NJCAA World Series.
Cafaro, a native of Maracay, Venezuela earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Creighton University, where he met his wife, Jacque. The couple has two children, Eva Sofia and Vincent Patrick.
Pascal Paul enters his first 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