Roach to lead Post 74 Bandits

Courtesy photo: Carter Roach

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Friends of Baseball executive board named Carter Roach as the next head coach of the Brookings Bandits senior legion baseball team. The appointment became official at Monday’s board meeting.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with Carter’s experience and passion for Brookings baseball,” Cody Wright, president of Friends of Baseball said. “Carter is a product of FOB and someone who has deep roots to the Brookings community and the surrounding area. We are excited to have him coach our senior Legion team and instill the type of culture we need to not only compete but prepare our young people for what comes after baseball and the lessons they will need to be successful.”

Roach has been an assistant coach for both the Brookings Bobcats high school varsity team and the senior Legion Post 74 team. He was also as assistant for the Yankton Post 12 Legion team during the summer 2020 season. He served as the head coach for the Bobcat junior varsity team in 2018 and 2019 and began his coaching career in spring 2017 as the head coach of the Bobcats freshman team.

“I have had the privilege to both coach and coach with Carter during his years in Friends of Baseball,” Ryan Bauer, Bobcats’ head varsity coach and FOB board member said. “He is a bright, young baseball mind that will bring energy and passion to our program. I am excited to work alongside him and continue to develop the type of program that not only represents our organization, but also the community of Brookings. There is tremendous support for FOB and we have the opportunity to be a standard for others to follow, both on and off the field.”

Roach was a member of Brookings’ 2012 South Dakota Legion championship team and the 2014 team that finished third. After graduating from Brookings High School, he attended Century College in Minnesota from 2015-16 where he helped lead to the program to a pair of top five finishes at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series. He has continued to play South Dakota Amateur Baseball since 2015.

After attending Century College, Roach returned to Brookings where he earned a degree in physical education/teacher education from South Dakota State University.

“I would like to thank the executive board of Friends of Baseball for this opportunity,” Roach said. “Being an alum of FOB, I am very passionate about the organization and the opportunities it afforded me during high school and into college. I am excited to get started and begin the process of developing our young people, not only as baseball players but as young adults. Baseball teaches you many life lessons that not only make you better as a player, but as a person and our culture in FOB will support that.”

Roach replaces Rob Hirrschoff, who became an assistant baseball coach the University of Sioux Falls in January 2021.

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