Young baseball coaches, old rivals
Editor’s Note: This is the third piece in a three-part series on the spring sports coaching staffs at Rugby High School. Part 1 featured the track and field staff in the March 29th issue. Part 2 featured the golf staff in the April 5 issue.
Long before Kendall Schieve and Tommy Weidler joined forces to coach the Rugby High School baseball program, the men were rivals through high school athletics.
Schieve, in his fourth year with the Panthers and third as head coach, was an RHS player himself before graduating in 2003. A couple years his junior, Weidler is in his first year with the program and is a former Velva standout.
“I played him in Legion and high school,” Schieve said. “I remember him vividly. They usually tore us up.”
Schieve now looks at the former Aggie as a peer.
“We really co-coach and handle a lot of stuff together,” Schieve said. “He’s got a good knowledge of the game and it seems like we come from the same background with fundamentals and a similar approach.”?Weidler agrees that the pairing is a good one.
“He’s such a good guy to work with,” Weidler said. “The kids are great and the program is moving up and I’m excited to see what will happen.”?Both coaches graduated from Minot State University, where Weidler played football for the Beavers. Weidler is a physical education teacher at Ely Elementary School and Schieve works at Center Mutual Insurance Company.
The pair shares a passion for baseball and seeing the students succeed.
“I just like working with the kids,” Weidler said. “Any time you can go out and help them get better in a sport or as a person it’s great.”
The players are responding to their young coaches receptively and junior Bennie Mygland said it helps having been around Schieve since eighth grade.
“Coach Schieve is really laid back, but he knows when it’s time to get to work,” Mygland said.
Senior Jaedon Haman has enjoyed honing his skills under Schieve.
“He’s a great guy for us to be around,” Haman said. “He always makes us want to work for him. He likes to joke around too, which makes it fun to come to practice every day.”
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