Head Coach Aaron Rushing (eighth season)
Record at Carleton: 93-163 (seven years)
Career Record: 106-191 (eight years)
Aaron Rushing moves into his eighth season as Carleton’s head baseball coach. In Rushing’s tenure the team boasts 15 academic All-MIAC players, 10 All-MIAC players, three All-Region players, three academic all-district players, a Fulbright Scholar, and an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.
The 2013 season saw more success for Rushing and the Knights, as freshman Hayden Tsutsui was tabbed to the All-MIAC squad and named MIAC Rookie-of-the-Year. Tsutsui was named to two All-Region squads, and was also selected as the 2013 D3baseball.com national Rookie-of-the-Year. Pitcher Kevin Johnson was also named to the 2013 MIAC All-Defensive Team.
Formerly an assistant baseball and football coach at his alma mater, Grinnell College (Iowa), Rushing brings a wide variety of experiences to Carleton’s baseball program.
In his only year as head coach at Minot State University, he inherited a team that had only six wins the previous season. He led that Beavers squad to the 2003 DAC-10 Tournament Championship and their first NAIA regional tournament berth since resurrecting the program in 1988.
He also served as pitching and catching coach for two summers with the Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Catz, a summer collegiate team in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. Rushing’s pitching staff set a Catz record with a 2.23 ERA, helping them to the 2003 ACBL regular season and tournament championships. Ten pitchers and two catchers from those teams have gone on to play professionally.
A 2001 graduate of Grinnell with a degree in economics, Rushing was a pitcher and catcher for the Pioneers and captained the two winningest teams in school history. Following his collegiate career, Rushing played baseball for a season in France, pitching and playing infield for the Toulouse Tigers. He earned his master’s degree in management from Minot State in 2004.
Rushing is married to Naomi Rushing, a 2002 Grinnell graduate. They live in Northfield with their daughter, Bella, and son, Tori. He also serves as an associate professor in the physical education, athletics and recreation department.
Assistant Coach Jim Christensen (16th season)
Jim Christensen moves into his 16th season on the baseball coaching staff. A longtime Carleton assistant football coach, he graduated from St. Olaf College, where he played both football and baseball. Christensen is a local insurance representative as well as an experienced high school and college basketball official. He was a pitcher and outfielder for the Northfield Millers, a local amateur age 35-and-over ball club that captured the 1997 and 1998 state championships.
Assistant Coach Neal Jeppson (eighth season)
Neal Jeppson begins his eighth year as hitting coach for the Knights. Jeppson retired after 29 seasons as head coach at Burnsville (Minn.) High School. His long, successful tenure was recently recognized by his induction into by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. During his tenure he won one conference championship and three section titles. Jeppson also assists with the Carleton football team as wide receivers coach.