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Asher reminisces on his time coaching Legion in Hastings

Kevin Asher steps down as Hastings Five Points Bank Chiefs head coach
Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 10:32 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For the first time in four years, the Hastings Five Points Bank Chiefs will have a new skipper in its dugout as Kevin Asher stepped down as its head coach.

For 30 years, Asher was around the game of baseball sharing a few laughs and learning lessons along the way.

“As you move through life you learn that there are certain things you can teach kids and baseball teaches a lot of those humbling moments,” Asher said. “It’s a very tough sport to play mentally.”

Four summers in a row, Asher’s time was spent surrounded by the brick walls of Duncan Field.

“This is a big baseball community,” he said. “Duncan Field is a historic landmark in the state. You know giving it up wasn’t an easy decision.”

As head coach, Asher amassed a 134-47 record and a .740 winning percentage which is the second best in team history.

“I think we raised the standard of baseball within the state,” Asher said. “I think we gained the respect of the Eastern teams to come out here and play us. That’s one thing that I’m most proud of is being part of it.”

A big reason for the respect Hastings earned was its play in the 2019 Mid-South Regional where the Chiefs made it all the way to the final day, finishing third.

“The regional is something that these kids will remember forever,” he said. “When we got that bid to go to that and got a win under our belt and got to the final day. The momentum it grew around the city, I think it really, really was remarkable.

He spent a lot of time forging bonds during his time on the baseball diamond. Now after three decades, he is ready to hang up his cleats to spend time with his family.

Asher’s four years as head coach of Hastings Legion:

2020: 25-8 record, no postseason (COVID-19)

2019: 35-15 record , Third place Mid-South Regional

2018: 41-8 record, Cornhusker League Champions

2017: 33-16 record, National Division State Tournament Runner-up

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