Though the local high school baseball season remains in limbo due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, several coaching hires have been made in the Lake Superior Conference.

Former UW-Superior Yellowjacket Nick Garramone, a 1998 Duluth Denfeld graduate who led the 2017 Western Duluth Intermediate team to a state championship, was named as head coach at Duluth Marshall, the defending Minnesota Class AA state champions.

Garramone, who served as an assistant baseball coach and head recruiting coordinator at UWS from 2006-13, replaces Joe Wicklund, who left Marshall to become the head coach at Denfeld.

Wicklund, a former Solon Springs Eagle and College of St. Scholastica Saint, guided Marshall to a Class AA state title last June.

The Hilltoppers went 26-1 and avenged their lone defeat by rallying for three runs in the seventh inning to beat Minnehaha Academy 4-2 in the state championship game.

The Hunters’ appearance in the Class AAA field was the school’s first in 65 years.

NOTE: Hermantown also announced on Wednesday, March 18, that former Yellowjacket outfielder Billy Tafs was hired as the new head baseball coach. Tafs, a former Hermantown Hawk, played at UWS from 2004-08.