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UWSP baseball’s Nat Richter named WIAC Coach of the Year

Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 2:06 PM CDT
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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - UW-Stevens Point baseball manager Nat Richter was selected as the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

Richter led the Pointers to a 32-11 record in his first season with the Pointers. That would be the most wins for the program since 2015 and the best winning percentage since 2011.

“I can’t say I expected to win as much as we did,” said Richter. “I have to be honest with you. Like I said before, the players did expect to. All I knew is I had to put together some sort of a plan. Some sort of philosophy and they had to do it. The reason we had the success is because they were great. The players were great.”

Richter becomes just the second manager in league history to garner the award in his first season as manager. He also becomes the fourth Pointers’ manager ever to win the award.

When Richter was offered the job, he made sure to explain what the environment will be like with the program.

“I just said ‘Look, you may not agree with everything, but here is the process”, and then I explained this is why we do this process, and I’m like ‘If you have a problem with whatever we’re teaching, whatever we’re doing, I’ll be very transparent. You can come into my office and talk whenever.’ The guys were confident. They thought they were gonna have success, and they just went ahead and did it,” said Richter.

UWSP blasted 57 home runs, which was second-best in the nation.

Sidney Ferry, Payton Nelson and Aaron Simmons were also tabbed as All-WIAC first-team. Nick Carpenter, Zack Haupt, Casy Pickering and JD Schultz were named to the honorable mention team.

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