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Longtime WHS coach receiving state recognition

Pat Shaughnessy will be the recipient of the Jim Dimick Award at the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Assocation banquet this coming January.

The award recognizes retired coaches who made an impact on their respective districts, students, athletes and communities, specifically through their coaching and love of baseball.

Shaughnessy taught for 38 years and coached high school baseball for 35 years at Worthington High School, including 24 as head coach. He had a career record of 256 wins and 192 losses, and there were only three seasons with records under .500. His teams won two conference championships in that stretch. Shaughnessy also worked for the Worthington YMCA baseball and Worthington Area Youth Baseball Association baseball programs for 15-plus years.

Shaughnessy continues to help his son, Kyle, who is head baseball coach in Melrose, by assisting at practices and doing pitch count at every game. He and his wife, Karen, have been married 48 years and have three children -- Erin, Ryan and Kyle -- as well as seven grandchildren.

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