Eric Reuss received the Rob Fornasiere Assistant Coach of the Year award for the 2016 baseball season from the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches’ Association. He was honored at the annual Hall of Fame Awards dinner on Oct. 29.
In 2005, Reuss joined the Burnsville High School program as head coach of the junior varsity squad. He coached for three years before joining the varsity program in 2008 as an assistant coach, where he had multiple responsibilities including roles as hitting coach, infield coach and first base coach.
As the top assistant to Burnsville’s very successful program, which advanced to the state tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2016 and won the championship in 2011, Reuss believes that “the journey is the reward.”
“You should always give 100 percent, because true failure occurs when you do not,” says Reuss.
Reuss graduated from Racine Case High School in Racine, Wis. in 1995, where he played high school and legion baseball. He attended Winona State University and, during that time, volunteered at the youth level and coached junior high baseball in Winona.
Currently, Reuss is a health and physical education teacher at Burnsville High School, where he brings his experiences as a player and coach to enhance the school as well as the baseball program. He also runs baseball clinics for youth in the Burnsville community and organizes Feed My Starving Children volunteer events for the BHS baseball program.