Bob Tereshinski Field Fundraising Project Underway
In October of 2013, Mount Marty College and the Yankton Baseball Association began work to seek approval and funding for the Riverside Baseball Stadium Turf Project. The MMC Lancers baseball team plays their entire home schedule at the newly renovated stadium in addition to all the games played by the Yankton Baseball Association - those games together total over 200 games. The need for permanent turf is a major piece of the puzzle. In honor and recognition of his long-term commitment to the game of baseball, the local community, Mount Marty College, and his successful career as the Lancers' head baseball coach, the field will receive the namesake - Bob Tereshinski Field.
Mount Marty College head baseball coach, Andy Bernatow says Bob Tereshinski is deserving of this honor. "Bob's love for the game and his players combined with his passion to win made him an incredible coach, and gave his players an exceptional experience. The tradition and standards that Coach T set for the baseball program at MMC are remarkable. The project of installing turf and renaming the field is a way to honor him and the great tradition that has been established. This project will create a better tomorrow for the baseball future of Mount Marty College and Yankton Baseball Association at the newly renamed Bob Tereshinski Field."
The Tereshinski Field project will be split into two phases. Phase one will involve installing artificial turf on the infield portion of the field. Phase two will involve raising the funds to install artificial turf on the remaining portions of the field. The total project cost of phase one is estimated at nearly $230,000 and phase two is $296,000 with a total project cost of approximately $526,000.
In the early 1980's, Tereshinski coached the Yankton Post 12 American Legion baseball team to two consecutive state appearances. He was also President of the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, President of the Yankton Sertoma Club, and an active member of the Yankton Library Board while managing KQHU radio. He then returned to coaching on a collegiate level when he began recruiting and coaching in 1988 for a new Mount Marty College baseball program. He lead the Lancers to four NAIA regional appearances, five SDIC regular season and tournament championships, which produced twelve NAIA Academic All-Americans, three NAIA All-Americans, and three SDIC Coach of the Year awards, culminating to the 1995 South Dakota Sports Writers Association's Coach of the Year selection. In 1999 the Lancers baseball team was chosen as South Dakota Sports Writers Association's College and University team of the Year.
Tereshinski completed his baseball coaching career on the collegiate and legion levels with over 400 wins. He has the most wins in athletic history of Mount Marty College with 332 victories and in 2004 he was inducted into the Yankton College athletic Hall of Fame and in 2007, the Mount Marty College athletic Hall of Fame.
To learn more about this project and how you can get involved, contact Barb Rezac, Chief Advancement Officer, at (605) 668-1292 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mtmc.edu/field project.