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Cedar Rapids Jefferson hires Gordy Nordgren, Terry Schneekloth as co-head baseball coaches

Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Josh Faaborg (right) is congratulated by coach Gordy Nordgren after Faaborg hit a home run during a 2005 game. Nordgren has been named co-head coach at Jefferson.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Back in 2005, a Cedar Rapids Prairie baseball team with a losing record earned a trip to the state tournament by stunning No. 1 Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a Class 4A substate final at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

It was one of the biggest upsets you’ll see in the Metro in any sport.

Now 12 years later, the head coaches of those respective teams have come together. Terry Schnkeekloth and Gordy Nordgren will be co-head coaches at Jefferson, J-Hawks Activities Director Chris Deam confirmed Thursday.

They will replace Kyle Rodenkirk, who left the school to take the head coaching job at Linn-Mar.

“We know it’s the game of baseball, and that kind of thing happens. Upsets happen,” Schneekloth said with a laugh, when kiddlingly asked how the two can co-exist considering that ‘05 game. “The kids I was working with at Prairie, that was their dream, too. We just happened to come out on top that day.”

Both guys left their coaching jobs after the 2005 season, though Nordgren remained as an assistant at Jefferson. They have a long relationship, with Schneekloth playing collegiately at Mount Mercy, where Nordgren was an assistant.

Schneekloth laughed again when told Nordgren deferred to him when asked for comment on the hiring.

“Gordy is a story teller, and it’s always been fun to be around him and listen to him talk,” Schneekloth said.

Jefferson went 23-17 last season and will return two of the state’s top players in seniors Connor Van Scoyoc and Brayden Frazier, who have committed to Arizona State and Iowa, respectively.

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