Rick Espeset recently completed his 21st year as head coach of the baseball program at Manchester. Coach Espeset has taken the Spartans to the conference final four 19 out of 21 years. His teams have won a combined 11 conference and postseason conference tournament championships since 1999. The 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2013 teams account for the tournament championships with regular season championships won in 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2014. In addition, the Spartans have advanced to the NCAA Championships six times in the last decade. The 2012 team came within one game of the DIII World Series and the 2004 and 2013 teams advanced to the Division III College World Series with each finishing seventh in the country.
The 1998, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and 2004 and 2013 Regional Coach of the Year, Espeset’s 18-year coaching record is 554-354-2. His 243rd win made him the baseball coach with the most wins at Manchester, surpassing the legendary Jim Gratz. Espeset has coached 14 All-Americans and nine players who have signed professional contracts.
Espeset is a member of the ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association). In 2009 Coach Espeset was Chair of the DIII Baseball Championship Committee. Espeset is also the Director of Athletics at Manchester University.
He and his wife Andrea, reside in North Manchester with son Ethan and daughters McKelvey and Finley.