Marshalltown High School is proud to announce Derek Wrage as the next head baseball coach. He will replace longtime head coach Steve Hanson. Wrage will also serve as a special education teacher in the Marshalltown Community School District, pending school board approval on February 17, 2020.
“I’m very excited,” Wrage said. “Growing up in Newton, Marshalltown was always a program I had a ton of respect for. There’s a ton of tradition and a ton of success.”
After graduating from Newton CSD, Wrage played baseball collegiately at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history education and received dean’s list honors. Wrage was also a Presidential Scholarship Recipient and the Gast Award Winner (awarded for academic excellence and outstanding teaching from the Cornell Education Department.)
Wrage has served in the Newton Community School District for the past two years as a special education/at-risk teacher. He comes to Marshalltown after serving as an assistant varsity baseball coach for Newton and Montezuma. His father, Jeff, is a 1981 graduate of Marshalltown High School.
“Derek was very impressive throughout the hiring process. We are excited about his energy, professionalism and his overall knowledge of the game. He wants to be here and be a Marshalltown Bobcat,” said Marshalltown High School Athletic Director Ryan Isgrig. “We are getting someone who will develop great relationships with the stakeholders in this program. He is a hard-working teacher and coach and we look forward to seeing him lead the Marshalltown baseball program and continue the Bobcat baseball legacy.”
Joining Wrage’s baseball staff will be veteran coach and 1980 Marshalltown alumni, Kevin Goodman, also contingent on future board approval. Goodman played baseball collegiately at Iowa State University. He has experience as an umpire with the Iowa Cubs as well as several years experience coaching youth baseball and softball in the Marshalltown area. Goodman was an assistant on the Bobcat baseball team from 2012-2015.