Nathan Roling recently completed his third season as head coach of the Simpson baseball program in 2019. Prior to taking over at Simpson, he enjoyed a successful six-year stint as an assistant coach in the Iowa Conference.
During his three years at the helm for the Storm, Roling's team saw the biggest improvement in wins this past season in 2019. Simpson won 13 contests, six more than the previous year in 2018. In 2019, the team won four games over teams that made the NCAA DIII Tournament, Buena Vista (2), Cornell and Bethany Lutheran.
There have been eight players recognized by the conference during Roling's tenure with the team, seven of those being named all-conference in the last two seasons. Four freshman received that recognition the last two years, the most in the conference.
Truman Schmitt was an American Baseball Coaches/Rawling First Team All-Region performer and a D3Baseball.com All-Region Second Team member, the first player to land on both teams since 2016.
The 26th head coach in school history, Roling was hired on July 11, 2016. The Storm started the season out on fire by owning a 6-1 record through their opening week in Florida. Simpson had a youthful lineup all season and closed the year out by starting five freshman.
Roling came to Simpson from Loras College, where he spent three seasons as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Duhawks. Prior to that he spent three seasons in the same position at Coe College, helping the Kohawks to a pair of NCAA Tournament runs and an IIAC championship.
Head coach Carl Tebon's assistant from 2014-16, Roling was in charge of recruiting, hitting, catching and team defense at Loras. The Duhawks experienced an offensive outburst under Roling's tutelage, hitting .314 as a team in 2016 to tie for second in the IIAC. He coached both the league's batting champion and co-home run leader in 2016, as freshman Austin Konagel led the league with a .429 batting average and sophomore Ryan Koester hit 10 long balls.
Prior to Loras, Roling held the same position at Coe from 2011-13. The Kohawks went 89-43 during that stretch, winning an IIAC Championship in 2011 and making two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Coe experienced the three winningest seasons in school history during the stretch, including a then school-record 32 wins in 2011.
Roling served as head coach of the River Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League's Dubuque Waves in 2010, winning the league championship and earning Manager of the Year honors. Prior to his stint in the Iowa Conference, Roling spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md., serving as an assistant from 2008-10.
Roling graduated from Loras in 2008 with degrees in business and sport management. He was a three-time Academic All-IIAC pick and served as co-captain of the baseball team in 2008. A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Roling earned his master's degree in business and technology management from Stevenson in 2010.
Roling currently resides in Indianola with his wife, Laura.
The Roling File
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
High School: Cascade, 2004
Education: M.S., Stevenson, 2010; B.A., Loras, 2008
Playing Experience: Loras, 2006-08; Iowa Central, 2005
2017: Simpson, head coach
2014-16: Loras, assistant coach
2011-13: Coe, assistant coach
2010: Dubuque Waves (River Valley Summer League), head coach
2009-10: Stevenson, graduate assistant