Pat Held, head baseball coach at Central Lakes College, is the 2010 recipient of the Dick Siebert Award.
The Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association has chosen Held to receive this year's honor, named after the legendary baseball coach at the University of Minnesota who is considered the "Father of Baseball" in the state of Minnesota.
The award goes to a coach who has served Minnesota High School baseball with distinction, professionalism, involvement and longevity.
"I am honored and humbled to receive an award named after such a legendary figure in Minnesota baseball history as Dick Siebert," Held stated.
Held has been involved in baseball coaching since the early 1970's when he was in college. He began his career in his hometown of St. Augusta, working in the summer recreation program and coaching the St. Augusta American Legion Team.
When he was hired as a teacher in Motley in 1973, he was the assistant baseball coach. He took over as head coach for the Motley Rockets in 1978. He served in that capacity until 1988 when the Staples and Motley schools merged. During this time he was active in amateur baseball as the player/manager of the Motley Mets for 11 years and served a term as the president of the Hi-10 baseball league.
He served as Staples-Motley head coach from 1989 to 1996. From 1996 to 2005, he was the volunteer assistant coach for the Central Lakes College Raiders. In 2004, Held returned to Staples/Motley to once again coach at the high school level. He coached the varsity and junior varsity teams until 2009 when he was hired as head coach at CLC in Brainerd/Staples.
Held completed his second year as the Raiders' head baseball coach this spring. During his time as a volunteer assistant coach, he worked with three different head coaches. In 2000, he was on the staff that helped lead CLC to the only appearance in the school's history in the NJCAA World Series.
Coach Held is a baseball lifer who has coached at every level of baseball from T-Ball to the NJCAA. During his 36 years in baseball coaching, he has been the varsity coach at Motley and Staples-Motley high schools, the player-manager of the Motley Mets amateur baseball team, and the coach of Babe Ruth, VFW and American Legion teams in Motley, Staples, and St. Augusta in addition to his work at CLC.
He has coached at baseball camps, spoken at clinics and been a volunteer assistant coach in Texas while on vacation. He has twice been chosen to coach in the Lions’ All-Star Series and was named District 24 Coach of the Year in 1988.
As a veteran coach, he brings a great deal of experience to his current role with the Raiders.
Coach Held is a retired Social Studies and History teacher from the Staples-Motley school system. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in History/Education/Coaching from St. John's University in 1973 and a Master's Degree in Education from Hamline University in 1996.
He retired from active teaching in 2007 and subsequently served as the interim principal at Sacred Heart Area School in Staples for one year. He and his wife Carolyn live on beautiful Lake Shamineau just south of Motley.
His hobbies include reading, golfing, working out, playing guitar and being active in church and community activities.
The award will be presented October 30, 2010 at the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis.
For further information contact Carolyn Held at 218-575-2400.