Iowa Western head coach Marc Rardin is no stranger to Grand Junction, in the 17 years he has been the Reivers' skipper, he has led his team to the Junior College World Series 12 times. On Saturday he will be going for his fourth national title.
Right before Marc took the head coaching job at IWCC, he had his first son Tyler. Now 18 year-old, Tyler Rardin grew up playing baseball and watching Iowa Western compete in the Valley.
At the beginning of the 2019 JUCO tournament, Marc wasn't here because he was at Tyler's high school graduation. In 2020, the two will be paired together as Tyler is going to pitch for his dad.
Tyler is attending Iowa Western on an academic scholarship and said that he was looking at some other junior colleges in the area, but IWCC was the right fit.
Marc said that he's looking forward to spending a lot of time with his son for the next two years, because he says the stresses and crazy schedule his job brings makes it hard to be home sometimes.
In the past, Marc was an assistant coach to one of Tyler's little league teams, but was never the head coach.
For almost his entire childhood, Tyler has been cheering on the Reivers. He still remembers wearing the Iowa Western jersey and a Kentucky hat because none of the Reiver hats fit him. When he was about five or six he still vividly remembers pitching on the Suplizio mound to his dad.
So, Iowa Western's 2020 roster is going to have one more last name with 'Rardin' on it and maybe coming back to the WesternSlope to compete for another championship.