Rick Espeset
Rick Espeset
Title: Head Baseball Coach & Director of Athletics
Phone: 260-982-5390
Email: rbespeset@Manchester.edu

Head baseball coach Rick Espeset stands as Manchester University’s all-time leader in wins with 588.  2019 marked the 23rd season at the helm of the Spartan baseball program for Espeset.

The six-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Coach of the Year, Espeset’s teams have won 30 or more games six times, and have posted win totals of 20 or more on 20 occasions.  Coach Espeset has led the Spartans to five HCAC Regular Season Championships and six HCAC Tournament titles during his time with the Black and Gold.  Under Espeset’s guidance, the Spartans have advanced to the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament six times.  The 2004 and 2013 teams advanced to the NCAA Division III College World Series, with both squads finishing ranked No. 7 in the nation.

Espeset's Record at Manchester
Year Record Conf. Finish
1997 22-14, 7-5 ICAC 3rd
1998 28-15, 8-6 ICAC 2nd 
1999 25-18, 6-8 HCAC 5th
2000 22-19, 8-6 HCAC 2nd 
2001 17-24, 9-9 HCAC 4th 
2002 31-13-1, 13-8 HCAC 3rd 
2003 31-12, 16-5 HCAC 2nd 
2004 35-12, 16-5 HCAC 1st
2005 32-14, 13-6 HCAC 2nd
2006 35-11, 19-2 HCAC 1st
2007 20-19, 12-10 HCAC 5th
2008 18-22, 11-11 HCAC 6th
2009 21-18, 12-10 HCAC 5th
2010 26-19, 15-7 HCAC T-2nd
2011 28-15, 17-7 HCAC 1st
2012 28-21, 14-11 HCAC 4th
2013 39-7-1, 22-3 HCAC 1st
2014 26-17, 18-7 HCAC 1st
2015 26-15, 17-10 HCAC 3rd
2016 22-19, 16-10 HCAC 4th
2017 22-21, 18-9 HCAC 2nd
2018 20-22, 9-8 HCAC 4th
2019 14-23, 6-8 HCAC 6th
Totals: 588-390-2, 296-163

Espeset has coached 15 All-Americans, 5 conference MVPs, 4 conference freshmen of the year, 49 All-Region honorees, and 168 all-conference honorees.  Nine Spartans have signed professional contracts.

Coach Espeset spent the 1995 and 1996 seasons as an assistant coach at Manchester University under Jay Martin. Prior to arriving at Manchester, Espeset spent one season as the assistant baseball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Espeset is a member of the ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association). In 2009, Rick served as the Chair of the Division III Baseball Championship Committee. Espeset is also the Director of Athletics at Manchester University.

Rick graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1992.  He earned a master’s degree from Western Illinois in 1993.

He and his wife Andrea, reside in North Manchester with son Ethan (15) and daughters McKelvey (13) and Finley (9).

* Last Updated - May 29, 2019