Head Baseball Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’11
Dakota Wesleyan University ’12
In his first year as head coach of the DWU baseball program, John Greicar guided a hungry group of Tigers through a rough start and to an unexpected run to close the 2015 season.
After starting the season 9-17 and 1-7 in the GPAC, DWU got hot on the strength of dominant starting pitching and improved hitting. The Tigers closed the regular season winning nine of their last 12 conference games, earning a spot in the GPAC postseason tournament. Despite being the No. 7 seed in the tournament, DWU went in feeling like a team no one wanted to see.
The Tigers were placed in the Doane College Bracket for the first round and promtly defeated all three teams they faced, including a wild 9-8 win over the host team on day one. With No. 8 Midland University winning its bracket, DWU was awarded the right to host the GPAC tournament championship game at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. The Tigers fell behind the Warriors 4-0 early, but stormed back to win the title game 7-6 and earn a spot in the NAIA Opening Round.
DWU headed to Oklahoma City, Okla., for the NAIA Opening Round and dropped two tightly contested games against some of the best competition in the country.
Ten Tigers earned All-GPAC recognition in 2015, including pitcher Joey Fitzgerald, who was named to the All-GPAC First Team and honored with the league’s Pitcher-of-the-Year award. Catcher Ben Ladner was named to the All-GPAC Second Team, while eight others earned Honorable Mentions. During the Tigers midseason run through the GPAC, outfielder Jared Neilan picked up an Offensive Player-of-the-Week nod. The Tigers also placed five players on the Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athlete list for 2015.
Prior to taking over as the head coach, Greicar, a Grand Forks, N.D., native, completed his third season as an assistant coach for the Tiger baseball team in 2014. 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 was 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. 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 is entering his second season onthe DWU coaching staff and will continue to work with the Tiger pitching staff. In 2015, Nolz helped guide the Tigers to a GPAC Postseason Tournament title. The pitching staff under Nolz led DWU back from a rough start in 2015, led by GPAC Pitcher-of-the-Year Joey Fitzgerald.
Prior to coming to DWU, 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 in 2014.
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 returned to join Greicar’s coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2015. He helped guide the 2015 DWU team to the GPAC Postseason Tournament Championship and berth in the NAIA Opening Round.
Schumacher is entering his second year coaching at the college level and has previous coaching experience with youth baseball in Mitchell. He is in his second year in graduate school at DWU and will continue to work with the middle infielders and as a hitting coach in 2015-16. Schumacher lives in Mitchell.