Itasca Community College 2018 Baseball Preview

Itasca Community College 2018 Baseball Preview

Head Coach, Year's at School, Overall Record at School

Justin Lamppa, 21 Seasons at ICC,  576-335 Overall
Additional Coaching & Support Staff:

Bill Hare (Bench Coach) Chris Brown (Pitching Coach) Sam Sparen (First base coach) 


Top returning ICC Vikings:

Tanner Shepard C Grand Rapids; Anthony Azor SS Domican Republic; Isaac Rodriguez OF Dominican Republic; Reid Howard P, Winninpeg Canada; Nick Johnson OF Grand Rapids; Justin Cichon C Upsala; 

(Isaac Rodriquez, OF,  Domincan Republic)

Top incoming/new players:

Pat Shea 2B, Pengilly, MN; John Baker Grand Rapids MN, OF;Lane Gerber Hill City, P; Riley Versich Hibbing, MN , 2B 

(Reid Howard P, Winninpeg Canada)

Coach Lamppa on Viking pitching for 2018 season:

"We will be young on the mound, and will have grow during the season."

Coach Lamppa on Viking hitting and offense for 2018 season:
"Our top of the order will be sophomore loaded and should provide us a spark."
Coach Lamppa on his Expectations for 2018 season: 
"Excited to see this team play!!"

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The scenic Itasca Community College campus, just 180 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is surrounded by majestic pines and more than 1,000 lakes. Itasca has two residence halls on campus. Students enroll at Itasca because they can get the big college experience on a smaller and more personal scale.The college is part of the Northeast Higher Education District, a consortium of five state colleges: Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermilion. 

School Highlights

Itasca is the Best Place to Start:

  • Itasca's affordable cost saves you money on your education.
  • More than $150,000 in scholarships are awarded to students annually.
  • Northwoods Minnesota location is perfect for outdoor activities.
  • Itasca's instructors will take time to listen and help you succeed.
  • Itasca has on-campus housing. A list of available housing in the community is also available.
  • Women's volleyball, basketball, softball; men's football, basketball, wrestling, baseball; co-ed trap shooting
  • Itasca is known as a learning community college where students will learn from the faculty, each other, and through experiences related to their chosen field. These may include practicums, internships, attending national conferences or class-related projects.

About baseball in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference:

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference boasts a strong tradition in America's pastime; over fifty years of collegiate competition has prepared student-athletes in the MCAC to pursue careers at four year college programs as well as professional ranks.

Currently the MCAC Baseball squads compete in a three-division set-up.  Northern Division teams include Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College and Vermilion Community College.  The Central Division is home to St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Central Lakes College,  Ridgewater College, M State Fergus Falls and  Northland Community & Technical College.   In the Southern Division, Anoka-Ramsey CC, Minnesota West CTC, Riverland Community College, Rochester Community & Technical College and Western (WI) Technical College compete for a divisional title.

Beginning with the 2018 spring season, MCAC Division Champions and Divisional runner-up teams will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III Regional Tournament.  Additionally, a seventh playoff slot will be allocated to the highest ranked MCAC team as designated by the 2018 Region XIII which did not earn a championship or runner-up finish in divisional play.

Baseball in the MCAC features athletes from over 20 states and five countries.  Our campus environments include the opportunity to attend college and compete in a variety of Minnesota State System colleges, from the urban hubs of the Twin Cities, Rochester, St. Cloud and La Crosse, Wisconsin to the picturesque college towns ranging from Thief River Falls to Ely, Worthington to Brainerd.  Learn more at:


This release sponsored in part by: 

The United Heroes League seeks to keep military kids healthy and active through sports while their parents are serving the nation.  The United Heroes League is headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota and offers several opportunities for colleges, businesses, organizations and individuals to help support their cause.  The #1 goal for the United Heros League is to ensure that all 5 million military kids are able to develop critical life skills through sports.  This intense focus on youth development and serving the families of our miliary service members motivates the United Heroes League to keep programs focused. This focus has also inspired over 90 professional athletes and over 30 sports franchises to lend their name and support to the United Heroes League.

About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system.  The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions.  The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.

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