Eric Stein is entering his eighth season as an assistant coach at Iowa Central. He played for the Tritons in 2004-2005. During the 2004 season, his team qualified for the NJCAA II World Series and placed 4th. Stein was named the Region XI Defensive Player of the Year following his sophomore season in 2005. He then went on to play at Grand View College and graduated with a liberal arts degree. Stein is in charge of coaching the infielders along with working with the hitters. He also works in the advising center at Iowa Central. Eric and his wife Kelsey reside in Fort Dodge.
Andrew Wells enters his third year with the Tritons. The Clinton, Mo., native joins the staff after three years as a graduate assistant at William Penn University where he served as the Statesmen’s pitching coach while earning his Master’s in Business Leadership. His duties at William Penn also included recruiting, eligibility as well as coordinating travel arrangements.
William Penn won the 2013 Midwest Collegiate Conference title in 2013 and Wells helped guide a pitching staff that was the catalyst. The Statesmen’s pitching staff was among national leaders in earned run average and led the NAIA for two weeks during the season. In 2014, William Penn amassed a 3.24 staff ERA and tallied 233 strike outs against just 93 walks.
As a player, Wells enjoyed a very successful high school career at Clinton High School where he earned All-District, All-Conference and All-Area honors as a middle infielder. He continued his career at Central Methodist, an NAIA program in Fayette, Mo. Before graduating from Central Missouri in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 2009.
Wells is the Head Varsity Reserve Coach and is in charge of the Tritons’ strength and conditioning program.
Jake Astor enters his first season at Iowa Central after serving four seasons at the Tritons long term rival DMACC. Astor was an assistant coach for the Bears during his three seasons before being named Interim Head Coach for the 2015-2016 season.
Astor comes to Iowa Central with a wealth of experience in the ICCAC. Astor played for DMACC during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. During those two seasons, DMACC won the ICCAC regular season, ICCAC Regional Tournament, North Plains District Tournament, and qualified for the NJCAA Division II World Series. Astor was a 1st Team All American selection both years at DMACC. He also earned the ABCA National Player of the Year award during the 2009 season.
After DMACC, Astor attended Southern Arkansas University an NCAA Division II powerhouse. Southern Arkansas went 83-26 during Astor’s playing career with the Muleriders.
Astor was a two time 1st Team All-American, 2009 ABCA National Player of the Year, and also an All-Conference player at Southern Arkansas. Astor was a 1st Baseman/Designated Hitter during his college career at both Southern Arkansas and DMACC.
Assistant coach Astor will be in charge of the Triton hitters and will work as a housing coordinator for Iowa Central.
Danny Higginbotham is entering his first season on the Iowa Central Community College staff.
Prior to joining the ICCC staff, Higginbotham spent two years at Arkansas Tech University as the Graduate Assistant and Recruiting Coordinator.
During his playing career, Higginbotham caught at Arkansas Tech University from 2009-2011 where he earned Gulf South Conference Academic Honors in each of his three seasons. He started his college career at Howard College in Big Spring, TX in 2008. He also spent part of his summer in 2010 playing in Antwerp, Belgium for Team Nada SSM from Croatia in the European Baseball Championship.
Higginbotham is also entering his second summer as Head Coach of the Martinsville Mustangs in the Coastal Plain League.
Higginbotham works with the catchers and hitters. On top of baseball, he also teaches in the business department.
Coach Higginbotham is originally from Bedford, Texas and graduated from Euless Trinity High School in 2007.