Matthew Erzar will enter his first season as the DCTC Blue Knight's Head Baseball Coach. Erzar comes to DCTC from Mesabi Range College, where he was the head coach of the Norsemen for the past three years. Erzar has led his teams to region tournament, as well as coached an All-American, two Gold Glove Award Winners, and three All-State players. He also had a baseball player sign a professional contract.
Prior to his time being a head coach, Erzar served as an assistant baseball coach at Mesabi Range College in 2011-13; Concordia College in 2010; University of Minnesota, Crookston from 2008-2009; and North Dakota State University in 2007. At Mesabi Range College and UMC, Erzar was the top assistant and the pitching coach, and also designed and ran the strength and conditioning program. As an assistant at Concordia College, he coached catchers and infielders. At NDSU, he served as a volunteer graduate assistant coach.
During the summers, Erzar has worked at many levels of baseball. His most recent summer coaching stint was with the Mohawk Valley (NY) DiamondDawgs of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. In 2010, he coached at the professional level with the Northern League Champions, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. With the RedHawks, Erzar coached first base and worked with the bullpen. He also coached two years in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer league, with the Battle Creek (MI) Bombers and Thunder Bay (ON) Border Cats where he served as the pitching coach. Erzar has also coached for the Fargo (ND) Post 2 Legion team and many youth teams in the Grand Rapids (MN) area.
A native of Grand Rapids, MN, Erzar attended college and played baseball at North Dakota State University (NDSU). As a Bison, Erzar was a four year letter winner as a pitcher and helped win a North Central Conference title in 2004. Erzar graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 2005 and a Master's Degree in Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science in 2007. He resides in Cottage Grove, MN with his wife Jill and their animals -- Leia, Swift, and Dottie (dogs), Pickle (cat), and Bentley (African Grey).