When it comes to consistency in the high school coaching ranks, few programs have been as stable as the Windom Eagle baseball team.
After 19 years coaching a program that has had just three head coaches since 1958, Windom baseball coach Brad Schlomann announced after the Eagles’ playoff loss to Pipestone that he was stepping down.
Schlomann took the helm of the Eagle program from Hall of Fame coach Dean Jaacks in the 2002-03 school year. He guided the Eagles to the 2013 Class A state tournament and had several teams make lengthy playoff runs in his career.
Additionally, Schlomann had numerous players go on to play collegiate baseball.
“The timing was just right,” Schlomann said. “And things in life change. But I’m at the stage where I’d rather sit in the stands and enjoy watching the kids play and let someone else worry about filling out the lineup card.
“I’m definitely going to miss the other coaches and the umpires who I’ve gotten to know over the past 20 years and I’m going to miss interacting with the kids. The nice thing is I’ll still get to see those kids every day in the halls and in the classroom at school. I’ve been fortunate in that several people on our coaching staff are former players of mine. And I’ve been blessed to get to get to know so many kids and watch them become successful.”
The Windom coaching staff will see a wholesale change, as longtime assistant coach Terry Burmeister also announced his retirement. Burmeister has served as an assistant in the Eagle program for 34 seasons.
A search to fill the coaching vacancies will be conducted by school officials in the near future.