Head Baseball Coach (9th Season, Overall Record 248-166)
The 2012 season will mark Torgerson’s ninth season here at Triton College. In Torgerson’s first two campaigns, the Trojans earned runner-up finishes in the NJCAA Region IV Championship. His 2005 team compiled a 25-19 record and had two players, Josh Flores and Cole Graham drafted by the Houston Astros. Josh was awarded the NJCAA Rawlings “Big Stick” Award for batting whopping .514 for the 2005 season. Torgerson’s 2006 squad finished 36-22 on their way to winning the North Central Community College Conference (N4C) Championship. In 2007 the Trojans got off too a fast start going 22-5 and a national ranking of 18th in the country. However, the team suffered a rash of injuries, winning just 8 of their last 23 games. In 2009 the Trojans finished 29-21 and won the first Region IV Championship in eight years. Despite a disappointing post season the 2009 club posted a 36-17 record, the highest winning percentage in recent years. The 2010 season was highlighted with another N4C Conference Championship and an offense that ranked in the top 5 nationally.
Torgerson has worked for professional organizations as an associate scout. Before coming to Triton, Torgerson worked for the Chicago White Sox Academy in Lisle, IL, where he served as Assistant General Manager of Baseball Operations. From 1998-2000 Torgerson served as Western Illinois University Recruiting Coordinator and the team’s Pitching Coach. Torgerson also was the Head Baseball at Morton College in 1997-1998 season.
As a player Torgerson was an All Region IV selection standout and was a member of the 1991 South Suburban team that finished 6th in country that year. While a senior at Benedictine University Torgerson was named the Midwest Player of Year Award and received 1st Team All-American honors at two positions, both pitcher and second base respectively. Torgerson then when on to a brief pro career where was he was named a Frontier League All-Star in which he started and won the game.
Torgerson received his Bachelor’s degree from Benedictine University in Physical Education and served as an assistant coach there under legendary Head Coach John Ostrowski. Torgerson received his Masters Degree while he was an assistant coach at Western Illinois University in Sport Management.
Along with his coaching duties, Torgerson works in the Athletic Department at Triton College as Facilities Coordinator and Equipment Manager.
Torgerson resides in Orland Park, IL with wife Nicole and Four children, Addison Rose (7), Grace Antonette (5), Nolan Ryan (4) and Payton Ole (2).
Assistant Baseball Coach
Ryan Schiever enters his 1st year on Trojan staff serving as the teams recruiting coordinator and works with the catchers and hitters. Schiever played at Triton in the 2006 & 07 seasons where he was an All Region IV and N4C Conference selection.
After Triton, Schiever went on to play at NCAA Division I Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Calumet College. Schiever stayed on staff at Calumet College for a season until taking a position at NCAA Division III school, Lewis and Clark University (Portland, Oregon) for the past two years.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Mike Gaffigan enters his first year on the Trojan staff and will serve as the teams’ pitching coach. Gaffigan played at Triton in the 2009 & 10 seasons. In the 2010 season he received All Region IV honors and was selected as the N4C Conference Player of the Year.
After Triton, Gaffigan went on to pitch at NCAA Division I Western Carolina University, before finishing up his career at St Xavier University in Chicago.