BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced the hiring of Jeremy Popp as BSU’s head softball coach.
Popp becomes the 16th coach in Beaver softball history. He takes the reins of the program from Ron Koski who resigned at the conclusion of the 2008 season after directing the Beavers to the NSIC Tournament in one year at the helm.
“We are excited to bring Jeremy Popp onto our staff here at Bemidji State,” said Goeb. “He will certainly be a real benefit to the student-athletes in our softball program as an alumnus of the school with experience in both baseball and softball.
“Jeremy had an opportunity to meet with some of the returning players and made a very favorable impression on them,” added Goeb. “We are thrilled to have him take over our softball program.”
“To coach at the collegiate level has always been a dream of mine, and to be able to do it at a place I know and love so much is a bonus,” commented Popp, the 2006 graduate of BSU. “I am excited about the opportunity and hope to bring some stability and success to the Beaver softball program.”
Popp, a science teacher at Red Lake High School, comes to BSU after a one-year stint as the head baseball coach at RLHS where he directed the Warriors to the Section 8A-East baseball tournament. He plans to continue teaching at Red Lake in addition to his new duties as BSU’s softball coach.
His softball experience comes from a 2002 season during which he managed all facets of the 13-16 and 16-18 year-old softball teams for Lidgerwood Parks and Recreation in Lidgerwood, N.D. He coached the 16-U team to a Southeast Division Co-Championship and a North Dakota “B” Consolation Championship that season. Popp was also head coach for the American Legion and Babe Ruth baseball teams in Lidgerwood from 2001-2005.
Popp has additional experience coaching football at the high school level. As defensive coordinator at Wyndmere High School in Wyndmere, N.D. from 2003-2004, Popp helped direct the WHS varsity football team to a 24-7 overall record and three post-season appearances, which included a trip to the state semifinals in 2003. That season, his defensive unit allowed opponents just 12 points during the entire 11-game campaign. He also served as the school’s junior varsity coach in 2003 and 2004 where he directed his squads to a combined 12-0 record.
In addition to being a recent graduate of BSU, Popp has more ties to Bemidji and the surrounding area. He served as a varsity assistant coach at Bemidji High School as well as the head coach of the ninth grade team for the 2006 season while student teaching at BHS. His wife, Krissi Super, is currently Bemidji State’s head women’s golf coach and an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program.
earned a bachelor’s degree from BSU in secondary education with a
life science emphasis in 2006. He and his wife Krissi reside in Bemidji.