Nat Wagner currently works as head coach at Minot State University, working with pitchers, catchers, slappers and hitters. He has also coached at University of St. Thomas and at Augustana University, teaching all facets of the game. A veteran travel ball coach, he has led Midwest Speed and Minnesota Renegades teams to national prominence, taking pride in teaching kids to play the game the right way. At least one other former collegiate players will serve as an assistant or co-head coach.
Sam Wagner heads into her fourth year as a corner infielder at Swarthmore College, competing in the Centennial Conference under Canadian Junior National Coach Melissa Finley. While still a collegiate softball player, Wagner began her coaching career at a young age, garnering several years of coaching experience under Coach Mike Mook and later under her father. As a travel ball coach, Sammy led her Minnesota Renegades and later Midwest Speed teams to multiple top five finishes in both the World Fastpitch Championships and PGF Nationals. Known for her attention to detail in teaching fundamental movement patterns, Sammy has developed many of the top players in the state through their formative softball years from ages 12 to 16. She is excited to coach again at the 15u level and to help with 12u and 13u’s as they start their softball journey.
Paul Harrington joins the Minnesota Renegades coaching staff as the 18U National Head Coach. Paul has coached Farmington HS for 10 years and lead them to their first ever State High School Title in 2017. He was the Head Coach at Totino Grace for 11 years. Paul brings a wealth of fastpitch knowledge and leadership to the organization.
A Junior at the university of Minnesota, Emily is studying agricultural education with a minor in leadership. Hansen was a 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year, Metro Player of the Year, and Mrs. softball. In 2019 Hansen was a part of the Women’s College World Series with the Minnesota Gophers and was named the 2019 Teammate of the Year.
Abby Lien returns to the Renegades as a co-head coach of the Renegades 12u team. A 2018 Ms. Softball finalist at Eastview High School, Abby went on to play at the University of Iowa, starting in 62 games and hitting .304 for the Hawkeyes. She recently transferred to Augustana University to follow in the footsteps of her sister Lindsay, who starred for the Vikings. A tremendous teacher and clinician, Abby began her club softball with the Minnesota Renegades, playing for Coach Wagner in her own 12u and 13u seasons. She knows first hand the value of these formative years and hopes to help other young Renegades find similar success on their own softball journeys. Abby aspires to be a high school teacher and coach when she graduates. We are thrilled to add Abby to our staff.