The Dickinson Roughriders have a new head coach, but a head start on the competition.
In Dickinson, change at the manager position brings a new outlook to the 2019 legion ball season. The Roughriders, looking for someone to lead them back to a championship level. The man hired has with that winning pedigree.
“This is my first season as a head coach of a high school program,” says new manager Tyler Frenzel. “But I grew up playing for Dickinson and I had a lot of good coaches and mentors.”
Tyler Frenzel played in Dickinson during the years when advancing to the title game became normal.
Despite being the new face of the Roughriders, Frenzel has history with his new players.
“This winter was the first time when I started working with a lot of them,” Freznel says. “Kind of how they swing, how they field, how they throw, just their tendencies. So I think we got a little bit of a head start for the summer, so that was nice.”
With a jump on the competition, the players are confident that they are on the right track this season.
“You know he’s a great coach,” says center fielder Nathaniel Gilek. “He helped us have that smooth transition where we know him as the actual season starts so we have the familiarity and so we’re good to go.”
“I’m excited to get going here,” says Frenzel. “It’s a great group of guys we got here. They work hard, they want to listen and they want to learn, so I think we’re just going to have to build off of that and get these guys rolling.”
The Roughriders are taking this season one game at a time, but there’s a sense that Dickinson Legion Ball could get back to the prominence it was, when Frenzel laced up his cleats at the turn of the century.