Mark Moriarty | Assistant Coach
Mark Moriarty returns to Augustana in 2016-17 after spending the last three season as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Concordia University Wisconsin.
Moriarty helped CUW earn 71 wins over the last three season, including a program best 25 in 2015. He has seen two freshman on his staff earn All-NACC Freshman of the Year honors and helped several pitchers rank well nationally in statistical categories.
He also served as the pitching coach of the Lakeshore Chinooks, a Northwood's League Summer. In 2014 Moriarty was named Northwoods League Coach of the Year for his strong efforts leading teh Chinooks pitching staff. For the second straight season under his tutelage the Chinooks led thel league in ERA, posting a 2.92 mark. Moriarty's staff played a big role in helping the team capture the Northwoods League Championship in 2014.
Moriarty spent four seasons at Augustana University (2008-2012) where he worked with MLB Draft Pick and NSIC Pitcher of the Year Derek Hansen. The first pitcher he coached to sign a pro contract was former standout closer Bret Severtson, who signed with the Lake County Fielders of the North American League before joining the St. Paul Saints.
During his first stint with Augustana, the pitching staffs ERA improved by 4.03 runs. In his final season they posted a 3.37 ERA which ranked 22nd in the nation. Moriarty coached five all-conference players and one all-region player.
With Moriarty on staff, the Vikings set a school record with 34 wins in 2010 and made their first-ever appearance in NCAA Tournament play in 2011. In his first year on staff in 2010, the pitching staff improved their team earned run average by 1.44 points. His pitching staff was a key recipe of the team's success which culminated by being named South Dakota Sports Writers Association College Men's Team of the Year.
Moriarty played professionally in 2009, pitching for the St. Paul Saints of American Association of Independent Professional baseball. He finished the year with a 2-5 record and 47 strikeouts.
He also played two seasons for the Madison Mallards of the Northwood's League, helping the team to capture the league championship in 2004. Moriarty was one of the few Division III athletes competing in a league comprised of mostly Division I players.
Moriarty played his college ball at the College of St. Scholastica where he finished his career with the third most wins in school history (23) and a 2.80 ERA. His 257 strikeouts were second-most in school history. He was an All-Upper Midwest (UMAC) Conference performer three times in his career and a 2006 All-American. The 2006 UMAC Pitcher of the Year was named National Pitcher of the Week once and holds the CSS school record for strikeouts in a game (16). He was a two-time All-Region selection.
In 2011, Moriarty was inducted into the CSS Baseball Hall of Fame. He earned a degree in business management from CSS in 2007. He received his Master's Degree in Sports Management from Augustana.
Max Casper | Graduate Assistant
A native of Circle Pines, Minn., Max enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Augustana baseball team in 2017.
Max comes to Augustana after spending the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at North Dakota State University.
Prior to serving as a volunteer assistant he was a standout for the Bison. Casper is NDSU’s all-time leader in sacrifice hits (33) and defensive assists (623) and is tied with former Bison standout outfielder Tim Colwell for most career starts (208). He made 169 straight starts in his three-plus years on the infield for the Bison, compiling a .292 career batting average with 205 hits, 16 doubles, five triples, 81 RBI and 33 walks.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation leadership and a minor in public relations and advertising he spent three seasons playing independent professional baseball with the American Association’s Sioux Falls Pheasants and Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, and the Frontier League’s Joliet Slammers and Lake Erie Crushers.
Casper is pursuing he master’s degree in Sports Administration and Leadership at Augustana.