Jim Weyandt will take over the reigns of the Piper baseball program for the 2013 season, replacing Jason Verdugo. Under Verdugo's stewardship, the Piper baseball team recorded 216 wins, with a 18-22 record in 2012.
It is a program Weyandt knows very well. For the last nine
seasons, Weyandt served as an assistant on the Hamline
baseball staff, where he served as the Pipers’ Infield Coach,
First Base Coach, and Director Of Baseball Operations.
The Pipers’ long list of accomplishments during that span includes an MIAC championship, an NCAA tournament berth, a 169-153 overall mark, five 20-win seasons, four MIAC playoff appearances, and an assault on the program’s record book. Weyandt has led a significant change in Hamline’s team defense. Hamline has finished in the top 2 defensively in the MIAC three out of the last five years. Hamline has also finished in the top 25 in the nation in team fielding percentage the last two seasons.
As a coach, Weyandt worked with former professional players at Dan Gladden Baseball Camp for five seasons. Weyandt has also spent the last three seasons working for Next Level Baseball. Weyandt has served as the lead infield instructor and an assistant hitting instructor for next level baseball. Weyandt is in his first year as Next Level Baseball Training Director overseeing and planning for all programs at Next Level Baseball Training.
As a player Weyandt earned four varsity letters during his playing career at Hamline. He played four different positions during his four seasons here (first base, third base, catcher, and pitcher). Weyandt graduated from Hamline in 2003 with a degree in social studies. He currently resides in Oakdale.