Head Baseball Coach
The 2015 season will mark Torgerson’s eleventh 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 pair of players drafted that year. Josh
Flores (Lincoln-Way Central HS/IL) was 4th round selection and Cole
Graham (Danville HS/IL), was a 30th round selection both by the Houston
Astros. Josh was awarded the NJCAA Rawlings NJCAA “Big Stick” Award for
batting a whooping .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. The 2007 season was a tale of two
seasons as the Trojans got off to a fast 22-5 start and an 18th
national ranking. However, the team suffered a rash of injuries, winning
just 8 of its last 23 games. In 2009 the Trojans finished 29-21 and won
the first Region IV Championship in eight years. The 2010 Trojans
posted a 36-17 record, the highest winning percentage in recent years.
That season was highlighted with another N4C Conference Championship and
an offense that was ranked in the top 5 nationally. The past four
seasons have been highlighted with winning percentages near .600 and
have been runner-up finishers 3 of last 4 years in the Region IV
Championship to rival South Suburban.
||Throughout his tenure, Torgerson’s has not only focused on
preparing his player on the field but also in the classroom. In all he
has had five NJCAA Academic All-Americans, countless N4C Conference
All-Academic selections and has had a team fall cumulative GPA over 3.0
10 of his 11 seasons. Six players have signed professional contracts,
most recently Andrew Godbold (Oak Park-River Forest HS/IL) was selected
in the 24th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2014 MLB draft.
Louis Touron (Miami Christian Academy HS/FL) was also signed as a free
agent by the Chicago White Sox in 2014. Coach Torg has had over 60
player that have had the opportunity to continue there playing careers
at colleges and universities earning baseball scholarships.
has worked for professional baseball organizations as an associate
scout. Before coming to Triton, Torgerson worked for the Chicago White
Sox Training Center in Lisle, IL where he served as Assistant General
Manager of Baseball Operations for level I and II athletes. From
1998-2000 Torgerson served as Western Illinois University’s Pitching
Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Torgerson also was Morton College’s
Head Coach for a brief stint from 1997-98.
As a player, Torgerson
was an All-Region IV standout and was a member of the 1991 South
Suburban team that finished 6th in the nation. While a senior at
Benedictine University Torgerson was named the Midwest Player of the
Year Award and received 1st Team All-American honors at two positions,
both pitcher and second base respectively. Torgerson then went on to a
brief professional career where 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 under legendary Head Coach John Ostrowski for two
years. Torgerson received his Master’s degree while he was an assistant
at Western Illinois University in Sport Management.
his coaching duties, Torgerson works at Triton College as the Athletic
Department’s Facilities Coordinator and Equipment Manager.
resides in Orland Park with wife Nicole and four children, Addison Rose
(9), Grace Antonette (7), Nolan Ryan (6) and Payton Ole (4).
Assistant Baseball Coach
Ryan Schiever enters his 3rd year on Trojan staff serving as the teams recruiting coordinator and working with the catchers and hitters. Schiever played at Triton in the 2006-07 seasons where he earned All-Region IV and N4C Conference selections. After Triton, Schiever went on to play at NCAA Division I Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Calumet College. Schiever stayed on staff coaching at Calumet College for a season until taking a position at NCAA Division III Lewis and Clark University (Portland, Oregon) for two years. Ryan resides in Midlothian and is a Community Services Officer with the North Riverside Police Department.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Russell “Buddy” Herberg enters his 2nd year on the Triton staff. Herberg serves as the team’s Pitching Coach and monitors the team’s study halls. Herberg played at nearby College of Du Page for one year before finishing up, lettering for 3 years as a catcher at Cardinal Stritch University. During his time as a player, Herberg led Cardinal Stritch to the most successful span in school history. Buddy is owner of Fire House Wood Bat Company and resides in Chicago.