Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Adam Boeve
Former professional baseball player Adam Boeve became Morningside's head baseball coach on May 24, 2017.
Boeve is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where he was a NCAA Division I All-American before he went on to play for seven years in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league organization.
Boeve has coached at the collegiate and high school levels as the assistant head baseball coach at Northwestern College from 2009-14 and the head baseball coach at Maurice-Orange City/Floyd Valley High School from 2012-14 and helped lead both schools to conference championships. Since November 2014, he has been the executive director of the Sioux Empire Baseball Association, an organization headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., that serves over 300 teams and 4000 baseball participants each year.
As assistant head baseball coach at Northwestern, Boeve was instrumental in helping lead the Red Raiders to a five-year record of 166-94, including Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championships in 2011 and 2013 and GPAC Tournament titles in 2010 and 2013.
Boeve compiled a three-year record of 58-34 as head coach at MOC-Floyd Valley and was the Northwest Iowa Review’s 2012 Coach of the Year after he led the Dutchmen to the Siouxland Conference championship in his first season at the helm.
Boeve was a two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) outfielder during his collegiate career at Northern Iowa, where he finished his career among the Panthers’ all-time career top five with 38 doubles, seven triples, 31 home runs, 132 RBIs and 48 stolen bases. He was a Louisville Slugger second-team All-American and the 2003 MVC Player of the Year when he hit .368 with 18 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs, 70 RBIs and 29 stolen bases. Boeve hit a hefty .411 in conference play and led the league with 13 home runs.
He was a 12th round selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft and spent seven years in their organization, where his teammates included future MLB standouts Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker. Boeve hit .281 with 91 home runs and 344 RBIs over his minor league career.
Boeve batted .290 with career highs of 28 home runs and 92 RBIs for the Class A Hickory Crawdads during the 2004 campaign and the following season was a mid-season all-star for the Lynchburg Hillcats of the high A Carolina League. Boeve was rated the Pirates’ No. 20 prospect following a 2005 season where he hit .313 at Lynchburg and .288 for the Class AA Altoona Curve.
Boeve batted .333 in 38 games at Altoona in 2006 to earn a promotion to the AAA Indianapolis Indians, where he hit .269 with 20 doubles, six home runs, 37 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 91 games. He hit .251 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs at Indianapolis in 2008 in his final season of professional baseball.
His sister, Kate (Boeve) Ortegren, is a 2006 Morningside graduate and was a first-team All-GPAC and second-team NAIA All-Region outside hitter for the Mustangs’ volleyball team.
Boeve will inherit a Morningside team that posted a 35-22 record and finished second in the GPAC with an 18-10 league mark during the 2017 campaign.
Assistant Coach Bruce Amende
Bruce Amende joined the Mustangs as the team's pitching coach at the start of the 2016-17 season.
He was previously an assistant coach and pitching coach at St. Gregory’s University during the 2016 season. Amende has also been an assistant coach at Post Falls High School in Idaho and has been an American Legion coach at the 16 and under and 18 and under levels.
Amende is a 2013 graduate of York College, where he enjoyed a standout two-year pitching career with the Panthers.
Amende was a first-team NAIA All-American and the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) Pitcher of the Year in his 2010 junior season. Amende was undefeated with a 12-0 record with two shutouts and a 1.67 earned run average for the third lowest ERA in the nation. He struck out 83 batters and allowed only 60 hits and 17 base on balls in 81 innings pitched. Amende received second-team All-MCAC honors as a senior when he went 8-3 with a 3.24 earned run average and struck out 56 batters in 72.1 innings pitched.
He played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Yakima Valley Community College, where he was a pitcher and the team’s starting centerfielder.
Assistant Coach Lance Spongberg
Lance Spongberg is in his first season on the Mustangs' coaching staff.
Spongberg graduated from Morningside in 2017 with a major in business administration.
He enjoyed a highly successful pitching career with the Mustangs as both a starter and closer. Spongberg earned first-team All-GPAC laurels as a closer in his 2016 senior season when he posted a 2-1 record with eight saves and a 2.96 earned run average. He allowed only 36 hits and struck out a whopping 58 batters in 45.2 innings.
Spongberg finished his career with a 15-12 record with a 3.26 ERA. He struck out 217 batters in 212.1 innings pitched.