2018 Coaching Staff
Head Coach

Coach, Cory Smith is starting his fifth season as the head baseball coach at Mankato East High School.  The Cougars are 39-55 in Smith's five seasons.  Smith is a graduate of Winona High School where he competed in football, basketball, and baseball.  Following High School Smith spent 2 years on the men’s basketball team at Bethany Lutheran College before completing his degree in Physical Education from MSU, Mankato.   Prior to coming over to East, Smith spent 5 years coaching under Coach Ethan Anderson at Mankato West.  Currently, Smith is teaching 7th grade Physical Education at Dakota Meadows.  Coach Smith can be reached at: csmith4@isd77.k12.mn.us   

Varsity Assistant- Pitcher/Catcher Assistant (All Levels)
Rudy Kleist will be starting his second full season as a coach with a high school program. A
graduate of Mankato East High School and attended MSU-Mankato, he is an employee of the
City of North Mankato.
Kleist has been a head coach in the Mankato Youth Baseball Travel Program (ages 10-16) for
ten seasons, and was active with coaching in the local youth baseball programs for nine years
prior to that. He has been an instructor for MAYBA’s winter training facility since 2005, and will
also be coaching the Mankato Royals 16VFW team this summer.
Coach Kleist can be reached at:

Varsity Assistant 

Coach Travis Miller is starting his fourth season as the varsity assistant at Mankato East. This will be his 7th year coaching for East and 12th year overall. Prior to coaching, Miller competed in basketball and baseball at Mankato East. Following high school, Miller attended MSU-Mankato and began coaching at Mankato Loyola under coach John Landkamer and alongside MSHSBCA Hall of Fame coach Chris Biehn. He then later coached in New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) alongside another Hall of Fame coach Jeff Reese. Miller is currently a 2nd grade teacher at Eagle Lake Elementary and has also coached basketball at East. Coach Miller can be reached at: tmille1@isd77.k12.mn.us


Micah Degner will be starting his fourth season as the C-Squad coach at Mankato East.  Degner is a graduate of St. Peter High School and MSU-Mankato.  He currently teaches special education in the behavior support program at Mankato West.  This will be his fourth year with the East baseball program.  He also coaches MAYBA and plays amateur ball during the summer.  Coach Degner can be reached at: mdegne1@isd77.k12.mn.us

JV Coach - Adam Hanson : 

Adam Hanson will be starting his third season as a high school assistant coach for all levels at Mankato East.  Hanson is a graduate of Albert Lea High School and Winona State University.  Prior to joining Mankato East, Hanson coached 9th grade baseball for Montgomery-Lonsdale for 5 years.  When Montgomery-Lonsdale consolidated with Le Center to form Tri-City United, Hanson coached under MSHSBCA Hall of Fame coach Bruce Davis as the varsity assistant for 3 years.  Coach Hanson will also be coaching the Mankato American team this summer for Legion Baseball.  Hanson currently is an Elementary Physical Education teacher at Hoover and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools.  Coach Hanson can be reached at:  ahanso4@isd77.k12.mn.us

Junior High Coaches:

Aric Attig -  - 8th grade

Adam Arnst:  - 7thh grade

Blake Altermatt -  - 7th grade