Cole Deibele has accomplished an incredible achievement this year.
He has received the Baseball Coach of the Year Award for Section 5 in Class AAA.
Deibele became aware of this recognition back when the baseball season concluded, but the official ceremony where he received the award was on Saturday, Oct. 26 in St. Louis Park during the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Fall Clinic.
Growing up, he attended Sleepy Eye High School and St. John’s University where he played both baseball and football.
Now, Deibele teaches Social Studies at Monticello High School and coaches both baseball and football.
He serves as the baseball coach, the VFW baseball coach – who won first place at state in 2017, assistant football coach, and the morning weight room coach in Monticello.
This season, Deibele coached the Monticello High School baseball team to their first ever state appearance – where they advanced to the semi-finals and fell to Benilde St. Margaret 1-2.
Something that set that Magic team apart was their goals at the beginning of the season.
“It was the expectation of the players,” Deibele said. “They felt so much pressure to go to the state tournament and that was such a huge achievement that they actually pulled it off with all the high expectations from the community.”
The Magic baseball team had a 19-7 record this year and Deibele believes their success was solely based on the amount of talent on the team. Which means a lot because he has been coaching at Monticello since 2006.
“Top to bottom that was the most talented team I’ve had,” the coach of the year said. “We had some dominant pitching and they had great comradery too. They were all really great friends off the field as well.”
Deibele said one thing he’s learned over the years is that it starts with the youth programs. You have to start from the bottom in order to have success in the long run.
That’s what was so cool about this years team. Deibele has been able to watch them grow as athletes and individuals in the program.
His love for coaching starts with his love for the game of baseball and ends with the relationships he cultivates.
“Being able to expose things that I’ve learned from my past in baseball and to create relationships where I can learn from the players as well. That’s what it’s all about.”
Cole Deibele has been in the game so long that he’s been able to see how it has progressed over the years.
The bats are different, the pitching continues to excel, and training is taken a lot more seriously.
There’s no doubt Deibele loves to coach baseball, but over everything else he strives to be a good role model.
“I hope my players can look back and consider me to be a positive influence in their lives,” he said. “I really try hard to be someone of great character and good morals and I think that’s a huge part of not only being an educator, but also a good coach.”
Though it’s his job to teach and coach in the classroom and on the field, he gets plenty of practice at home with his three sons Carson, Jackson, and Easton.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Deibele said about his boys.
Coach Deibele has clearly proven himself. His hard work finally paid off when he received this award.
He had his parents Chris and Dean along his wife Annie accompany him at the ceremony which was extra special because his father coached high school baseball as well.
“My dad was very proud and my parents have been amazing role models for me while I was growing up,” Deibele said.
People from all over Monticello were congratulating him.
“Congratulations to Sleepy Eye Indian alum Cole Deibele who will be awarded the 5AAA MSHSBCA Coach of the Year at tonight’s Hall of Fame Awards Banquet. Cole coaches baseball at Monticello. Monticello went 19-7 with a State Tournament appearance last season.” Brandon Streich said on Twitter.
“It feels good to know your time and effort, especially in the off season, has paid off and the program is going in the right direction,” Deibele said.
He made sure to thank his assistant coaches and players as well.
“It’s definitely an award that I share with my assistant coaches,” Deibele said. “They put in a ton of time and bring a ton of knowledge and obviously the payers because they’re the ones who have to perform on the field.”
Although baseball season isn’t exactly around the corner, Deibele is excited for where the team will end up.
“It’s going to be weird with all of our seniors graduating, but I think we’ll have a very nice team again next year,” he said.
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