JUNIOR HIGH SPORTS
BASEBALL COACH - Tony Uggen
Tony Uggen has been the head baseball coach since 1994. He was a social studies teacher, primarily 8th grade U.S. History, since coming to Northfield in the fall of 1991. He also taught at one time or another 11th U.S. History, 7th and 9th geography, health and driver education.He took over the duties of athletic director during the 2003-04 school year. Originally from Hartford City where he graduated from Blackford High School in 1983, Uggen earned his under-graduate degree at Taylor University (’88), his Master’s degree from Indiana University (IPFW)(’00) and his building level administrative license at Indiana Wesleyan (’09).
Uggen was a 2 year letterman at Blackford playing 3rd and pitching out of the bullpen his junior year and playing 1st and pitching his senior year. Uggen was 8-3 on the mound that year as the Bruins reached the semi state finals of the then one class tournament. He may also be one of the few Bruins in history to hit 4 different types of home runs his senior year with a solo, 2-run, 3-run and grand slam home run. He was named the Kiwanis MVP. Uggen played 3 years of baseball at Taylor University before becoming a student-assistant coach during his senior season in 1988. He was a member of the 1985 Trojan baseball team that won a then career high 36 games. He was 2-1 on the mound that season. After sitting out nearly his entire sophomore season due to rotator cuff surgery, he came back to go 3-2 his junior year including a complete game victory over IPFW and tossing a 4-hit shutout in his last career start against Olivet Nazerene.
He started his baseball career at the age of 16 as he and fellow Bruin, Darrin Bolt, helped Darrin's father, Bob, coach First National Bank in the Hartford City Babe Ruth League. He would assist that team for one more year before taking over as the manager of Joe's, his first head coaching experience, as an 18 year old. He would coach Joe's for 6 years and held the position of Vice President of the Hartford City Babe Ruth League before being named the head freshman coach at Blackford in 1989. In 1990, Uggen was the varsity pitching coach under Pete Wiggins at Blackford as the Bruins reached the semi state.
In the Fall of 1991, Uggen made his way to Northfield where he coached the junior varsity team for 2 years compiling a 19-5 record. He took over the program from long time head baseball coach Craig Winegardner in 1994. The Norse have won 375 games over his 19 years including 12 TRC titles, 6 sectional, 3 regionals, 1 semi state and the 2001 and 2012 Class 2A State Championships. The Norse also reached the Final 4 in 2006 and the regional finals in 2011. His teams have won 20 or more games 11 times. He was named Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2012 by the IHSBCA and was runner-up once. He has also been named District Coach of the Year four times, was the North All-Star coach in 2006 and has been Wabash County Coach of the Year numerous times. He served as head football coach from 1998-2000 and is currently serving as head coach this Fall and was, at one time or another, an assistant coach in football (9 years), basketball (1 year) and baseball (2 years) at NHS. He also coached freshman girls basketball at Blackford and was the Blackford JH head football coach for one year as well as being as assistant coach for 6 years.
Coach Uggen has coached numerous players who have went on to play at the collegiate level. The most well-known is 2007 grad Bryce Shafer who became Coach Uggen's first former player to turn pro and is currently in the Chicago Cubs organization. Shafer was a 49th round draft choice after a great 3 year career at Valparaiso University.
Uggen is a member of the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association where he has served on the coaches' poll. He is currently serving on the re-districting committee.
He has been married to his wife Lisa (Mallow) for 3 years and they live in Wabash. They have five children: Stephanie Uggen, Christian Fleener, Brandon Fleener, Brendan Uggen and Elly Uggen. They enjoy time with their kids, road trips and taking walks.
Head Coach: 19 years Overall: 19 years
Record at NHS: 375-173 Overall: 375-173
TRC Titles: 12
Sectional Titles: 6 (2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Regional Titles: 3 (2001, 2006, 2012)
Semi State Titles: 1 (2012)
State Titles: 2 (2001, 2012)