Nick Bruning '02-'04 Baseball
Nick decided Iowa Lakes was the place for him because he wanted to continue his baseball career.
In his two years of baseball as a Laker, Nick made quite a name for himself. In his freshman season he was named first team All-Conference and second team All American. As a sophomore he made first team All-Conference; was conference player of the year; and, first team All American.
The people who made the most impact on him when he was a Laker were his teammates and coaches Jason Nell and Patrick McCoy. In fact, he has stayed in contact with many of the people he met here in the baseball program and they continue to be a big part of his life today.
Coach Nell added a few words about Nick. “He had wonderful talent and was blessed with tremendous God-given ability. Nick was a competitor in every sense of the word, who at times would like to test me, but was a true pleasure and joy to coach, and I am very proud to have had the opportunity to be part of his life.”
Some of Nick’s memories of Iowa Lakes might be best if they are left unsaid!! But, here are a few that we can share. He will never forget all of the “discussions” he would start with Coach Nell during practices to get him off topic – like discussing the proper way of doing a drill or just to get a rise out of him. The goal of the discussions was to stay off topic long enough so the team wouldn’t have to do conditioning at the end of practice. Nick remembered some of the conversations were successful while others ended in near immediate running.
Another great memory Nick had was the time he slid into home as a freshman and cut his hand open on the catcher’s cleat. Coach Nell looked at it and said “that doesn’t look bad, you won’t need stitches. You are fine.” After the game Nick showed his hand to Coach McCoy, he took Nick to the hospital where he received seven stitches.
As mentioned earlier, it may be best for the college if some of Nick’s memories aren’t 'told' here tonight. So let’s just say: he enjoyed his time at Iowa Lakes as he mixed a few pranks in between his studies.
After graduating from Iowa Lakes with his AA degree in Business, Nick took his career to the University of Sioux Falls where he was named 1st team All-Conference and NAIA Div. II Honorable Mention All American.
He is currently a personal banker for Wells Fargo and would like to thank his dad, mom and late grandfather Wayne for all of their support.
Congratulations Nick Bruning on being named to the First Ever Laker Hall of Fame.