Head Baseball Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’11
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After being a part of the Dakota Wesleyan University baseball program in some capacity for the past five seasons, John Greicar heads into the 2014-15 school year with a new role for the Tigers.
Greicar, who finished his college playing career at DWU and has served the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the Tiger baseball team, has been hired as the team’s head coach, DWU Athletic Director Curt Hart announced Thursday morning. Greicar is the 12th head coach in Dakota Wesleyan baseball history and takes over for Steve Gust, who resigned in June to take the same position at the University of Minnesota Crookston after six seasons with the program.
Greicar, a Grand Forks, N.D., native, completed his third season as an assistant coach for the Tiger baseball team in May. He was part of DWU’s run to the championship game at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament where the Tigers lost to Midland University. Greicar has been a part of three 20-win teams during his tenure as assistant coach, and helped DWU to a 27-24 record in 2014 – the most wins since the 2010 season. While serving as an assistant coach, Greicar helped coach 27 All-GPAC athletes, including five first-team selections and one GPAC Player-of-the-Year.
Greicar, who graduated with his master’s degree in educational policy and administration from Dakota Wesleyan in 2012, takes over a team that lost seven seniors to graduation in May after making it to the GPAC tournament title game. Nine players earned All-GPAC honors, including senior left-handed pitcher Kyle Larson, who was named to the league’s first team. Freshman shortstop Ben Spitznagel and junior catcher Ben Ladner both earned All-GPAC Second Team accolades.
The Tigers set the school record for stolen bases in a season with 113 in 2014, and tied the record for spring trip wins with eight in Tucson, Ariz. Juniors Christian Doyle and Alex Meyer both earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Greicar also brings a familiarity of the admissions process and some insight into recruiting after serving as an admissions counselor at Dakota Wesleyan for two years.
Before he made the transition to a coach, Greicar finished out his college baseball career at Dakota Wesleyan. In his senior season with the Tigers, Greicar – who graduated with a degree in sports management in May 2011 – led the team in batting average (.351), hits (52), doubles (13), RBIs (26), putouts (348) and fielding percentage (.974). The first baseman earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention honors in 2011. As a junior, Greicar led the team with 272 putouts. Before coming to DWU, Greicar played two seasons at Northland Community College in East Grand Forks, Minn.
Graduate Assistant/Pitching Coach
Brady Nolz joins the DWU coaching staff for his first season to work with the Tiger pitching staff. Nolz spent one season as a voluntary student assistant at the University of Sioux Falls. He previously coached the Wagner High School (Wagner, S.D.) baseball teams and coached the Wagner wrestling team last year.
Nolz played college baseball with USF, where he graduated in 2013 after studying elementary education. He was named to the second-team All-GPAC in 2011 after going 5-3 with a 2.88 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 65.2 innings. Nolz graduated from Parkston High School (Parkston, S.D.) in 2008. He played high school and Legion baseball in Parkston and is a member of the former South Dakota state champion Parkston Mudcats amateur baseball team. Nolz currently resides in Parkston, S.D.
Graduate Assistant Coach
After finishing a successful playing career with the Tigers, Sam Schumacher returns to join Greicar’s coaching staff as a graduate assistant. He helped the 2014 DWU team to the championship game of the GPAC tournament as an infielder and DH. He played four seasons at DWU and was named an All-GPAC Honorable Mention.
Schumacher is in his first year coaching at the college level and has previous coaching experience with youth baseball in Mitchell. He is in his first semester with in graduate school at DWUand will work with the middle infielders and as a hitting coach in 2015. Schumacher lives in Mitchell.
Assistant Baseball Coach
Nick Tadlock used the last year of his college eligibility in 2013, but he returns to the Dakota Wesleyan University baseball program for his second season as an assistant coach in 2014-15. He will serve as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
Tadlock wrapped up his career with the Tigers in May. He batted .250 as a senior and had 42 hits, including 10 doubles, and 28 RBIs. He went 11-for-11 on stolen bases and recorded 14 putouts from the outfield. The Rapid City, S.D., native earned All-GPAC First Team honors as a junior after finishing second in the GPAC with seven home runs. He batted .295 with a slugging percentage of .509 that year and had a team-high 37 RBIs. He also earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention status as a sophomore in 2011.