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Mark Flueckiger selected as Vikings' baseball head coach

COACH: Newly selected Huntington North baseball head coach Mark Flueckiger currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Vikings’ football team.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington County Community School Corporation announced at the school board meeting on Sept. 9 its selection of Mark Flueckiger as the new head coach for the Huntington North baseball team.

Flueckiger, who currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Huntington North football team, takes over the program from Jarod Hammel, who now serves as Dean of Students at Huntington North.

“Coach Flueckiger has already invested time and energy into impacting young men in our football program and we are excited to have him lead our baseball program,” said Huntington North Athletic Director Kris Teusch. “Coach comes to us with many years of experience, knowledge of the game and very high integrity. His philosophy and character will be a great fit to continue to grow the program that we were fortunate to have coach Hammel lead.”

Flueckiger joins the Viking baseball program with extensive experience in the sport of baseball, both as a player and as a coach. He grew up playing baseball at South Adams High School in Berne, Indiana, where he got a taste of Huntington North baseball at a young age.

“It’s quite an honor (to join the Huntington North baseball program),” Flueckiger said. “And, obviously, the tradition of the Huntington North baseball program dates way back to the 70s when I played at South Adams and we competed against Huntington North. My senior year, in 1982, they came over to South Adams and we played against coach (Don) Sherman’s team and we beat them, but then they didn’t lose another game until they lost to Roncalli in the Semi State, and that’s the team we ended up playing in the State Finals.”

Flueckiger went on to attend Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, playing under longtime Trojan baseball coach Larry Winterholter before transferring to Huntington College to play under iconic coach Mike Frame, graduating from Huntington in 1988.

According to Frame, Flueckiger posted a 5–7 record with a 3.45 earned runs average as a pitcher for the Foresters in 1985. He tacked on four saves and also tallied a .273 batting average.

Flueckiger noted he played alongside Sherman’s son, Todd, while with the Foresters. The friendship allowed Flueckiger to get to know Don better and learn more about the game and about the history of Huntington North’s program.

This understanding of the history of baseball in Huntington has Flueckiger looking forward to playing a role in its future.

“I spent many a day on coach Sherman’s couch learning about baseball,” Flueckiger said. “So, I know the tradition of the program quite well and it’s quite an honor for me to even be able to wear the uniform that he built such a great program for. I think that Huntington North is a hotbed for baseball—always has been. Anything I can do to help impact youth in the city of Huntington and through sports, and especially through baseball, I just think is going to be an exciting opportunity.”

Flueckiger began his coaching career while still at Huntington College, spending one year at Adams Central as an assistant coach. From there, Flueckiger went to Sheridan High School, where he coached football and taught for 11 years in addition to spending four of those years also coaching baseball. After Sheridan, Flueckiger made the jump to coaching college ball, joining the IUPUI coaching staff as the pitching coach for three years. Flueckiger then joined the RoundTripper Baseball Academy in Carmel, Indiana, for three years.

Flueckiger moved to Huntington in 2000 and returned to the college game in 2001, heading to Indiana Tech’s program for four years. Flueckiger then came back to his alma mater in 2005 to serve as the pitching coach, catching coach and hitting instructor, which he did through the 2018 season. The Foresters made trips to the National Tournament under Flueckiger’s assistance in 2011, 2012 and 2017.

While Flueckiger does not yet have a great handle on the players currently in the Huntington North program, he knows a few things about what can be expected of Viking baseball moving forward.

“All I can tell you is we’re going to swing hard, run hard and have a lot of fun.”