Troy Berg and his family are not natives of Dickinson, but he has made quite the impact on the community’s athletics ever since moving to the Western Edge nearly a decade ago. Now the multi-sport standout is ready for his next adventure in Jamestown for the University of Jamestown’s Baseball program.
Berg has become synonymous with Dickinson High School sports, having his name announced over baseball and football fields, and in cheers on the wrestling mat. Among his many accolades are trophies, medals and acclaim at his school, the west region and the state levels — including a 2021 baseball season whereby he was named Dickinson’s only member of the NDHSAA All-state team.
With a final season remaining to don the orange and black, he says it’s a great opportunity to fine tune his skillset before making the big jump to Jamestown.
“It's definitely going to be something new just sticking to one sport, but I think it's going to be good to focus on that,” Berg said. “Baseball is where I want to improve, so I feel like I'm going to get a lot better.”
The Jamestown Jimmies’ baseball program is part of the NAIA’s Great Plains Athletic Conference, a 12 team association of similarly sized schools. According to Berg, it wasn’t just their athletic program that drew him to the institution, but more so the academic programming in the field he wanted to study. The sciences have always fascinated Berg and he knew that the decision to attend a school for sports would come down to the robustness of both the athletic programming and the science department as he wants to attend a highly touted biology program.
Biology has been an interest of Berg since undergoing knee surgeries in the seventh and ninth grade, which prompted his plans to attend medical school after finishing his undergraduate degree.
“I felt that the academic program was good and I liked the school when I went there,” Berg said. “Their weight room caught my eye and the sports facility was very nice, clean and looked brand new.”
Another big plus for Berg is the coaching staff that he said will be a good fit for him.
“The coach, I can see that he is going to push me. I like that part about it and he is a lot like the coaches I have right now for baseball,” Berg said. “They are on you all the time and his philosophy is very similar so that's going to be nice.”
The support of family can be a gauge for success for many athletes making the transition from high school to college and Berg has it in abundance. He first started his athletic career at the young age of three when his parents put him into wrestling. Both his parents were athletes themselves and he said that they were excited to continue watching him play baseball for another four years.
“My parents are happy for me. I think they are excited that it is close to home, but they wanted me to make the decision I wanted,” Berg said. “I’m lucky to have the family that I do because they are always there for me.”
Berg also expressed his appreciation for his coaches whose mixture of philosophies and approaches have influenced and molded his personal athletic journey that will see the Friday night lights turn to Saturday night lights.
“I think there is a lot of work still needing to be done down the road,” he said. “It's going to be a new journey, a new experience. I'm excited for it.”