2018 Baseball Coaches
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Todd Rima
Head Coach - 6th Season
Phone: 319-398-7693

Todd Rima begins his 6th season as the head coach of the Kirkwood Eagles Baseball Program. In his five seasons at the helm, Rima has lead the Eagles to a 161-75 record. Last year's team finished with an overall record of 34-20 which also included Rima's 500th win as a head coach. 

Last season, the Eagles landed six players on the All-Region team, led by First Team recipients Korry Howell and Lorenzo Elion. The Eagles took great pride in the classroom and had 12 Academic All-Region performers as well, led by Academic All-Americans Corbin Day, Cal Clark, and Trey Cowley. 

Under Rima, the Eagles have put an emphasis on player development and placement. Last year, the Eagles had their entire sophomore class move on to 4-year schools. Two freshman also moved on to Division I programs as Austin Miller signed with Ole Miss University and Lorenzo Elion signed with the University of Iowa.

Rima has also coached players that have gone on to have professional careers. Former Eagles Shane Kemp and Angel Merced are currently playing professional baseball with the Pittsburg Pirates and San Francisco Giants, respectively. Addtionally, freshman shortstop Korry Howell was recently drafted in the 19th round by the Kansas City Royals in this year's MLB Draft.

Prior to Kirkwood, Rima spent 11 years as the head baseball coach at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa. Before coaching at NIACC, Rima was an assistant coach at the University of Northern Iowa, which is also where he played his collegiate baseball, spending three years at UNI and helping guide the Panthers to their first Division I regional tournament.

Rima graduated from Northern Iowa in 1999 with a degree in physical education. He and his wife, Molly, have three children, Jalen, Bailey, and Payton. They currently reside in Cedar Rapids.

 
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Ron Benich
Assistant Coach - 5th Season

Ron Benich is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Kirkwood Eagles baseball program. He serves as the recruiting coordinator and the hitting, outfield, and catching coach. 

In his four seasons as an assistant coach, Benich has helped guide the Eagles to 131-80 overall record. Benich has coached 17 All-Region players including five First Team All-Region players. He has also coached 15 players that have went on to NCAA Division I schools and two that have been selected in the MLB Draft.

Benich comes to Kirkwood from Perfect Game baseball in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ron spent five years at Perfect Game as the Director of Instruction and a coach in the Iowa Select program.

During his tenure at Perfect Game, he has coached and instructed several players who went on to further their playing careers at numerous NCAA Division I schools and/or signed professional contracts after being selected in the MLB Amateur Draft.

A native of Watsonville, Calif., Benich began his playing career at Cabrillo College where he was an All-Conference outfielder during his two years as a Seahawk. He finished his career at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he where he was a two-time All-Conference Infielder.

In addition to his duties within the baseball program, Benich is also employed by Kirkwood as a Supervisor at the Michael J Gould Recreation Center. He is also an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Benich and his wife, Kellie, reside in Cedar Rapids with their son, Carter, and daughter, Lyla.

 
 
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Dan McKinney
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

Dan McKinney is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Kirkwood Eagles baseball program. He serves as the pitching coach while also assisting in recruiting.

In McKinney's first season at Kirkwood, McKinney helped guide the Eagles to a 34-20 overall record. He coached four All-Region players including two First Team All-Region players. Five of the players that he coached on last year's team signed with Division I schools while another was selected in the MLB Draft (Korry Howell, Kansas City Royals). 

McKinney comes to Kirkwood after graduating form the University of Michigan in 2016. Recruited to play baseball for the Wolverines, McKinney's career was cut short after a shoulder injury during his freshman year.

Along with his duties for Kirkwood baseball, McKinney is also an associate scout for the MLB's Cleveland Indians organization.

McKinney currently resides in Cedar Rapids.