Long time Beatrice Bruins manager Bob Steinkamp will be returning to the baseball field in another coaching role.
Steinkamp has been named the new Beatrice High School baseball coach. Beatrice athletic director Neal Randel made the announcement on Wednesday. He will replace Ben Brink, who resigned his position for personal reasons.
Steinkamp said the job was open and he mentioned to Randel recently at a football game that he might be interested in it. He said he has missed the coaching aspect of baseball.
"I've been a coach for 40 years and I kind of miss it," Steinkamp said. "With the Bruins, it was a 10-month thing where I had to raise money and recruit players. With this deal, I can simply coach a bunch of young men that want to be baseball players. I don't have to worry about any other stuff."
Steinkamp is a life-long resident of Beatrice who has spent the majority of his life coaching baseball, including 40 years as the founder and head coach of the Beatrice Bruins, a collegiate summer program.
Steinkamp coached his teams to over 1,400 career wins. He coached over 350 players that went on to play professionally at some level, including 34 who ascended to the major leagues. Some well-known players Steinkamp has coached include Alex Gordon, Joba Chamberlain and Jake Diekman.
In addition to coaching, Steinkamp served as a major league scout for 24 years, including employment with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs and most recently, the Seattle Mariners.
Steinkamp is a member of the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame and is also currently the president of that organization. He is one of only two Nebraskans in the National Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
Steinkamp said he looks forward to meeting the players he will be coaching. He's set to meet up with them next Wednesday.
"I have no idea what I have to work with," Steinkamp said. "I just know there's a lot of enthusiastic kids that want to play baseball. I have helped with the Beatrice Bullets program, so I know there are some pretty talented young kids coming up through the ranks."
Steinkamp will be assisted by Chuck Hamilton and Chris Belding as well as some volunteer assistants.
"We want to be the best we can be," Steinkamp said. "We've got some good people to try and help the kids get better. The goal is always to win, especially at the varsity level. Hopefully, we can do well and I think we will. We've got some neighboring schools, like Norris, that have had success and we look forward to the challenges."