Harry Torgerson - Head Baseball Coach
The 2016 season will mark Torgerson’s twelfth 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 a 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 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 in 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 players that have had the opportunity to continue there playing careers at colleges and universities earning baseball scholarships.
Torgerson 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.
Along with his coaching duties, Torgerson works at Triton College as the Athletic Department’s Facilities Coordinator and Equipment Manager.
Torgerson resides in Orland Park with wife Nicole and four children, Addison Rose (9), Grace Antonette (7), Nolan Ryan (6) and Payton Ole (4).