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Swedes Baseball at Bethany College ...

The Bethany College baseball program has a tradition of excellence. Since 2000, the team earned NAIA regular season and pre-season rankings, two KCAC championships, two KCAC tournament championships, one runner-up, and one finish as NAIA Region IV runner-up


Andrew Bartman


Head Coach

Bartman has served as the head baseball coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., for the past two years. He inherited a program with four returning players and a 3-30 record the previous year. Bartman went on to lead the Highlanders to the best two year stretch in over a decade. He increased roster size, lowered pitching staff ERA, and increased playing field safety and aesthetics. Bartman also created youth camps, performed community service and hosted alumni events for baseball players.

Before coaching at MacMurray College, Bartman was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. He successfully recruited 14 new players to the team in the first year. His first recruiting class as freshman set program firsts of receiving national poll votes, best start in conference through 12 games, best overall start through 15 games and highest conference finish in 15 years. Bartman played baseball for Lincoln College as a catcher and first baseman and earned his associate of arts degree in May 2003.

Prior to Lincoln College, Bartman was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill., for three years. While at Wabash Valley, Bartman had the opportunity to recruit and coach over a dozen players that signed professional contracts, including current St. Louis Cardinals reliever Keith Butler. He created throwing schedules, created and implemented conditioning programs, called pitches, implemented training aids, and was responsible for daily motivation to achieve goals. In addition, he was the assistant dorm director and intramural director. He organized all aspects of the annual golf outing, managed all camp activities, coordinated recruiting efforts and maintained the team website.

Bartman has also served as the tournament director for Diamond Sports Promotions, Inc., for four years in addition to being asked to speak at various camps and clinics around the country including University of Kentucky, Notre Dame, Indiana State University, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, College Coaches Skills Camps, Purdue University and Top 96.

Bartman earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from MacMurray College and his Master of Science degree in sports management from American Public University.

Aaron Larsen


Assistant Coach

Larsen, Fallbrook, Calif., is a 2010 graduate of Bethany College. He received his bachelor of arts degree in business management, operations management and finance before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Prior to transferring to Bethany Larsen played for Lee University where he played for the NAIA Baseball National Championship.

Alex Heideman


Assistant Coach

Heideman comes to Bethany from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and criminal justice. He earned Academic All-District honors two years and was a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Heideman earned HAAC first team all-conference honors, GPAC first team all-conference honors, AD31 Independents Conference first team all-conference honors, and was named GPAC and AD31 Independents Conference Player of the Year. He was named two-time NAIA All-Nebraska team, GPAC Gold Glove Catcher and NWU Colon Male Athlete of the Year.

Heideman previously served as the assistant baseball coach for Lincoln Pius X High School in Lincoln, Neb., for one year.

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