Held inducted into Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame

The Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association and the Staples Motley Diamond Club have announced the induction of Pat Held, long-time baseball coach at Motley and Staples Motley High Schools (SMHS) and Central Lakes College, into the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
This singular honor recognizes Held for his 45 years of baseball coaching at the amateur level. His fellow inductees of the Class of 2014 include: Pete Cheeley of St. John’s Prep, Pat Collins of Chisago Lakes, John O’Brien of Centennial, Bob Weier of New Ulm Cathedral, Bruce Woitas of Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s and Terry Ryan of the Minnesota Twins.
Held began his coaching career in 1969, when he had just graduated from high school working with young players in his hometown of St. Augusta, continuing for the next four summers. In 1973 and 1974, he coached the St. Augusta Legion team, winning one sub-district title and a runner-up finish.
He began his high school career as an assistant coach at Motley High School in 1973 and took over as head coach in 1978. He was the head coach of the Rockets until 1988, winning four conference titles. With the pairing of the Staples and Motley school districts, Held became the head coach of the Cardinals, a post he held until 1996. The team won one district title and two runners-up. In 1996, he moved to Central Lakes College (CLC) in Brainerd to be the assistant coach there. In 2000, the CLC Raiders qualified for the NCJAA World Series in Batavia, N.Y., finishing in fifth place overall.
Held stayed as the assistant at CLC through the 2005 season doing double duty as he reassumed the head coaching job at SMHS in 2004, leading the Cardinals to the number one seed in the subdivision and a berth in the Region 6AA tourney. He has remained active through the present in the program coaching the junior varsity and being the assistant to the head coach.
In 2009, he assumed the head coaching duties at CLC and remained at that college through the 2012 season. He left that position to care for his wife, Carolyn, who was ill with cancer, until her untimely death in October 2012.
Held has coached in the summer recreation programs in St. Augusta, Motley and Staples with stints as Babe Ruth, VFW and American Legion coach in all of those communities. He has coached at and/or organized baseball camps in River Falls, Wis., Staples, Motley, Nisswa and Brainerd, working with youths of all ages. He has spoken at coaching clinics and conducted sessions for youth baseball coaches.
While on vacation visiting relatives, he has been a volunteer coach in two different high schools in Texas. He has also been very active in the amateur baseball ranks playing in St. Augusta, Sartell and was the player-manager of the Motley Mets. While at the helm of the Mets, he led his team to state tournament berths in 1976-77 and 1980-86. He served two teams as president of the Hi-10 baseball league.
Held has twice coached in the High School All-Star Series in 1988 and 2007. He was named District 24 Coach of the Year in 1988 and received the Dick Siebert Award from MSHSBBCA in 2010.
He has coached full- or part-time for 45 seasons and plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1330 Industrial Blvd., Minneapolis, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact Melanie Thompson at (218) 296-1595.

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