HASTINGS, Neb. — Local coaching legend Steve Spongberg will join Hastings College in August as its new baseball coach.
Spongberg, who earlier this year coached the Sutton basketball team to the Class C-2 championship game, has coached American Legion baseball teams from Kearney and Sutton to four state championships. His career baseball coaching record stands at 1,261-497.
“Replacing Jim Boeve, who built the modern Hastings College Bronco baseball program, was not easy. I am grateful for Jim’s service,” Hastings Athletic Director Jerry Schmutte said.
“Steve’s passionate about coaching. Consequently, his players are very loyal to him. They continue to seek his advice and to support his teams. Building these kinds of relationships is important at Hastings College.’’
Spongberg’s tenure as head coach for the Kearney American Legion team spanned from 1978 to 2010, during which his teams qualified for postseason play 26 times. In 2010, he was named the Class A Senior Legion coach of the year by the Nebraska Baseball Coaches Association.
He’s coached American Legion baseball teams in Sutton since 2011. After taking an 11-player Sutton team to its first state tournament appearance in 19 years and its first state title, Spongberg was named the association’s 2012 Class C Junior Legion coach of the year.
Since 1985, the Kearney State College graduate has taught physical education, weightlifting and driver’s education at Sutton Public Schools.
As basketball coach, Spongberg led the Mustangs to the state tournament 14 times, earning championships in 1989 and 2003 and finishing as runners-up in 1987, 2002 and 2013. He has a career basketball coaching record of 548-227. His duties also included serving as assistant football coach.
Prior to joining the staff at Sutton, Spongberg taught and coached at Chester-Hubbell Schools from 1978-1984.