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Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics

Bluejay Baseball:  Coaching Staff

tdT.D. Hostikka
Head Coach

T. D. Hostikka is entering his 3rd season as the head men’s baseball coach at Minnesota West. Coaching is not new to T. D., who was the head coach at Nicollet High School for five seasons and has coached summer baseball with Mankato VFW and Worthington VFW, taking Worthington VFW to the state tournament in 2010 and 2015.

T. D. earned his undergraduate degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in Social Science and is completing his masters in Mental Health-Human Behavior from Capella University and a Master of Divinity-Practical Theology from Regent University. He is a licensed Addictions Counselor.


custerZac Custer

Assistant Coach

Zac Custer was born in Loveland, Colorado. He played baseball and graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a Sports Management Degree, a minor in Coaching, and a Health ED emphasis. 

Zac played his summer ball in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League with the historic Greeley Grays before getting a call to play in the Northwoods League, one of the top summer collegiate leagues in the nation. Zac played in the Northwoods League for two years with the Mankato Moon Dogs and Alexandria Blue Anchors.

After his playing career, Zac coached for the Mitchell High School JV team and volunteered two years with his alma mater Dakota Wesleyan University. He spent the 2015 summer with the Sioux Falls Canaries, a professional team in the American Association, with a Coaching/Clubhouse Management internship.