11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
PELLA—Central College graduates Cody Baethke and Charles Friday are joining Dutch coaching staffs. Baethke is returning as assistant football and baseball coach while Friday is returning as assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Baethke joins football and baseball staffs—Baethke graduated with a degree in exercise science-health promotion in 2010. He spent the past year as a graduate assistant for the University of Wis.-Eau Claire, coaching outside linebackers. Baethke also served as the video director and was responsible for planning practice drills, facilitating meetings, monitoring training and recruiting in the Midwest, focusing on Chicago (Ill.) and Madison (Wis.) suburbs.
Baethke earlier coached at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. and organized, designed and implemented portions of the High School Player Development Camp for two summers in Chippewa Falls, Wis. He also served as a coaching intern at Central during the spring of 2011. He’s completing requirements for a master’s degree in professional development from Wis.-Eau Claire.
At Central, Baethke was a four-time letterwinner for the Dutch football team as a defensive back and also lettered once in track. He was a second-team all-Iowa Conference honoree in 2009 and was a member of three league championship teams. He ranks second on the school record leaderboard with 26 career pass breakups. During his career, Central posted a 46-9 record.
Coach Jeff McMartin is eager for the opportunity to coach with one of his former players.
“We are excited to have Cody on our staff,” McMartin said. “He is a great young coach who comes from a great football family with a line of coaches from his dad to his brothers. All three brothers played at Central (Tyler ’05 and Dustyn ’07), so I had a chance to coach Cody and watch him grow. We are very excited to have him and his wife (Nicole ‘11) join our family.”
Friday joins strength staff—Friday graduated with a degree in exercise science-strength and conditioning in 2012.
He spent the past year as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Friday was the strength coach for track and field, baseball and women’s golf, while assisting with all other varsity sports. He was responsible for overseeing interns and assistant coaches, managing the nutritional program and budgeting. He also founded the Tarleton State Strength and Conditioning Professional Development Club. Friday is pursuing a master’s degree in kinesiology.
Earlier, Friday served as director of strength and conditioning at Southwest Minnesota State University in the summer of 2011. He was a student strength and conditioning intern at Central from 2009-2012.
Friday has competed at numerous USA Powerlifting events, recording first-place finishes at the 2012 Minnesota State Open and 2011 Nebraska Powerlifting Championships. He was also a member of the Dutch baseball team for three seasons.
Strength and conditioning coach Kyle Johnson likes Friday’s attitude and work ethic.
“Charles is a very passionate, hardworking coach that is going to be a tremendous asset to the development of our student-athletes in both the in-season and out-of-season programs,” Johnson said.
Central’s strength and conditioning program has earned a national reputation and the Dutch continue to be the only NCAA Division III institution with two full-time strength and conditioning coaches. Central has 20 strength and conditioning student interns in 2013-14.