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St. Scholastica baseball coach dies at 42

St. Scholastica baseball coach John Baggs died Tuesday after a four-month battle with cancer.

The Pioneer Press published a brief announcing the 42-year old’s death on Wednesday. Baggs was the most winningest coach at St. Scholastica in any sport with a 531-197 record. His Saints won 12 consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference titles.

On Sunday, Patrick Reusse wrote an expansive column on Baggs in the Star Tribune citing Baggs as savior of the St. Scholastica baseball program, which was formed in 1987 – five years before Baggs took over as head coach in 1992.

“The program had 34 victories in history when Coach Baggs arrived," assistant coach Jim Wicklund said to Reusse. "Now, it would be a bad year if we didn't win 34 games."

“He knew what he was talking about. You believed in him,” Saints captain Kyle Wojtysiak said. “You knew how he had taken a baseball program that was nothing and turned it into something special.”

Baggs is survived by wife Colleen, son Maddux, 8, and daughter Josie, 3.