SKOGEN BASEBALL PRIVATE AND TEAM INSTRUCTION

 

About Coach Skogen
Coach Skogen's Philosophy
“The great thing about baseball, is no matter the size, strength, or speed of a person, there is a place in the game for everyone. Players must put in the effort, learn what their style of game play is or should be, and use that to their advantage for what ever their level of play (T-Ball, Cal Ripken, Legion, Etc...). Because of that, there is no one style that is “the only way” to do things mechanically. There are certain principles that apply to every aspect of the game, but if there was only one way to do things you would see every major league player with the same stance, wind up, arm slot, etc... I am a firm believer in applying the basic mechanical principles into a style that feels comfortable for each individual. Once they have an understanding of the principles and how they apply to their style, hard work and dedication will lead them to obtaining their goals.”

Coach Skogen's Experience

Professional Level 
      Coach Skogen spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the Independent Northern League. While with the RedHawks Coach Skogen served as batting practice pitcher as well as filling in as first base coach and worked with hitters during pre-game individual hitting. He also was in charge of hitting spray charts for opponents.

College Level
        Coach Skogen spent eight seasons as an Assistant Coach in varying capacities with North Dakota State University. While at North Dakota State he helped lead the Bison to a North Central Conference Championship in 2004 and a runner-up finish at the 2006 Division I Independent tournament. During his tenure NDSU produced 11 players that have had the opportunity to play professional baseball.
        Coach Skogen served as NDSU’s first base coach and worked extensively with hitting where school records were set for season and career totals in Batting Average, Home Runs, Doubles, Triples, and RBI including a national Batting Average champion.
        In 2007, Coach Skogen took over as the Head Coach of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead Dragons club team. At the club/non-varsity level, Coach Skogen has stressed education and degree completion but still in 3 seasons with the Dragons has had 6 players move on and up to the Division 1 level.

Youth Level
        Coach Skogen has spent 14 years in the Midway Summer Baseball program involved with T-Ball, Cal Ripken, and Babe Ruth. He spent 3 years as an assistant coach from 1996-1998, and 9 years as Program Director and Head Coach form 1999-2007. In 2008-09 he continued to serve as Program Director but reduced his coaching roll to an assistant coach now living year round in Fargo. With an emphasis on the fundamentals of the game, hard work, and hustle, Coach Skogen has led his teams to great success. The highlight of his success at the youth level includes a 2005 State Cal Ripken Non-Advancing Championship, and 2006 3rd place finish with a 38 game win streak and combined 48-4 record between the two seasons. He also has led his Cal-Ripken team to three straight regular season NoDak League Championships (2004-2006, 38-3 combined league record) and four straight tournament championships (2005-2007 as head coach and 2008 as an Assistant Coach) in the 17 team league. In 2009, he helped lead the Midway-Manvel Babe Ruth to a North Dakota State Class B Runner-Up finish as an Assistant Coach. Players from the Midway program during his tenure have gone on to a Legion Class B State Championship and 3rd place finish in 2000 and 2002 as well as producing collegiate starters and All-Conference selections.

To Contact Coach Skogen
by email- mike@skogenbaseball.com
by phone- 701-866-2959




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