Gust takes national stage at all-star game

DWU baseball coach Steve Gust coached the North team in the U.S. Baseball Championships North vs. South All-Star game Monday night in Richmond, Va.

DWU baseball coach Steve Gust coached the North team in the U.S. Baseball Championships North vs. South All-Star game Monday night in Richmond, Va.

RICHMOND, Va. – Dakota Wesleyan University baseball coach Steve Gust got the chance to coach in front of a national audience earlier this week at the U.S. Baseball Championships North vs. South All-Star game in Richmond, Va.

Gust, who enters his fifth season as the Tigers’ head coach in the 2012-13 season, was selected to be one of the head coaches of the all-star game, which was played Monday night. Gust, who was notified about a week ago that he had been selected to coach, guided the North squad in the all-star contest.

The all-star game is affiliated with Triple Crown Sports, a company that organizes tournaments around the country. Gust has worked Triple Crown events in Omaha for the past several years, but nothing on this scale. This is the first all-star game he has ever coached.

Monday’s all-star game featured the best 17-and-under baseball players from the east coast, and was televised nationally on CBS Sports. Gust’s North squad ended up losing 8-3 to the South, but he said it was a tremendous experience.

“This was a great experience both for me as a coach and for Dakota Wesleyan baseball,” Gust said. “The opportunity to coach some of the best baseball players in the nation is an amazing one, and it will also help get the DWU name out there.”