Dylan Pittman is excited to take over as Pierz’s baseball coach.
He has spent the last nine years as junior varsity and assistant to Dan Saehr, who recently stepped down as baseball coach.
Pittman teaches at the Pierz High School and thought his chances of getting the job were pretty good.
“I had talked with Dan prior and had a pretty good idea he was going to be done,” Pittman said. “I knew that I had a good shot of replacing him. I was excited and honored to hear that I was chosen to take over.”
Pittman’s relationship with Saehr played a big role in Pittman’s promotion. The two are roughly the same age. Saehr started coaching in 2010 the same year Pittman started teaching.
The two of them hit it off and Pittman coached the Pierz Legion team to a state title and regional championship in 2017.
“I would be on the phone with him a lot talking lineups and talking about different things,” Pittman said of Saehr. “We really enjoyed coaching together and had a great thing going with baseball and we hope to continue that. We have a lot of good baseball guys in the school.”
Saehr endorsed the hire of Pittman from the start. He felt Pittman did an excellent job of coaching the JV and coaching legion.
“He has some big game experience and kids like playing for him and respect him,” Saehr said of Pittman. “He has a lot of pride and he has made it well known that this is the community he wants to raise his kids in.”
Pierz’s athletic director Dave Rocheleau thinks the transition will be smooth as well.
“He’s familiar with the system and familiar with the kids so it should be a smooth transition,” Rocheleau said.
Pittman’s expanded role on the baseball field came at a good time for him as he and his wife just bought a house in Pierz, which adds to the excitement.
What excites Pittman the most about becoming the new head coach of the baseball program is he inherits what he thinks is a good ballclub.
“We don’t just have good athletes here, but good student-athletes,” Pittman said. “They are a really good group of kids to coach, so I am taking over at a really nice time.”
Saehr replaced Leo Polhkamp as head football coach this past fall. It worked out well for Saehr as his first season ended in a 14-0 season and Class 3A State Title.
While a state baseball title may or may not be in the cards this season, Pittman welcomes the added pressure of being a head coach.
“The tradition has been set under Dan’s leadership,” Pittman said. “Looking to continue that and win a section championship and get back to the state tournament. The goal is to get back to the top and get back to Target Field.
“There is always pressure when you are a coach of a team that’s good. You have pressure to win and every decision you make that doesn't work out ends up falling on your shoulders. I do, however, feel I have a lot of support to help the transition to make the decisions in big games. Coaching the legion team and winning state there gives me confidence though.”