2019-2020 Junior high teams
Junior High coaches
Hunter Salathe-8th Grade Coach
Brian Gruber-7th Grade Coach
After graduating from Belgrade High School in 1986, Brian attended Willmar Community College where he played baseball for two years. Brad Skoglund is the longtime baseball coach at Paynesville and he encouraged Gruber to become a teacher and coach. Brian accepted the advice and continued his education at Southwest State University. He played baseball there for two seasons and stayed on as an assistant coach for two more years.
He has many years of experience in coaching baseball ranging from youth leagues to a three-year stint as the head coach at Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD. The Grubers established the Boys of Summer Baseball Academy in 2013.
He taught at Comfrey for one year before arriving in the Minnewaska district as an elementary teacher. Brian has coached junior high football and basketball for a number of years and he is often the first coach at the junior high school level for the young Lakers.