BEMIDJI, Minn. – After a successful four-year playing career on the Bemidji State University baseball team, Matt Ellinghuysen will serve as assistant coach for the Beaver baseball program starting in the 2014 season. Ellinghuysen played from 2010-13 under ninth-year head coach Tim Bellew.
“Matt has been with our program for the last four years and has always been hard working,” Bellew said. “He is a grinder and has the drive to make sure things get done. That is how he was as a player and I think he brings that as a coach. When it comes to mental preparation, how to approach the game and how help your team win, Matt brings a lot to the table.”
“When the position opened up and Tim gave me the offer I accepted right away,” Ellinghuysen said. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the program, I know how it runs and I feel that it is an honor to continue what I’ve learned and pass it on to the current players, especially with how young our roster is. I wanted to help continue the Bemidji State baseball tradition and how we play the game.”
Ellinghuysen will serve as head recruiting coordinator and have responsibilities with all facets of the program.
Ellinghuysen, a St. Charles, Minn. native, played third base for Bemidji State from 2010-13. In 124 games (113 starts) at third for the Beavers, Ellinghuysen was a career .283 hitter and compiled 100 hits, 58 RBIs and 30 runs scored. In the field he totaled 149 assists with 64 putouts.
His most productive season at the plate came his senior season when he started 47 games and batted .333 with 49 hits, 31 runs, 30 RBIs and 10 doubles. He was hit by a pitch more than any other player in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (24) and owned a .438 on-base percentage to rank 15th in the NSIC.
During Ellinghuysen’s career, the Beavers compiled an 82-115 record.
Ellinghuysen replaced Dan Bennett, who was hired as the Bemidji State Foundation Beaver Pride Coordinator/Director of Annual Giving, Athletics, last fall.
Ellinghuysen graduated from BSU in May 2013 with a degree in sport management and a minor in mass communications.
The Beavers return just four starters and 11 letterwinners from last season’s 25-22 team. The 2013 win total tied for the second most victories in program history. After posting a 13-13 NSIC record to earn the No. 8 seed in the NSIC Tournament, the Beavers made a run to the NSIC Tournament Championship game. Bellew was named NSIC Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the regular season, while five players earned all-conference awards, which included Logan Kalis, who went on to earn All-American honors.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).